Management Team

Said Al-Hallaj, Co-Founder, Chairman/CEO
Said Al-Hallaj is the co-inventor of AllCell’s PCCTM technology and a world-renowned expert in thermal management of lithium-ion batteries.  He possesses 20 years of experience in renewable energy research and development (with a focus on thermal management and electrochemical engineering of lithium-ion batteries) and is an adjunct professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). 

Said’s research ranges from the design and optimization of renewable energy systems to the use of advanced battery and fuel cell systems in electric vehicles and has been published 32 times in peer reviewed journals.  Additionally, he has been a featured speaker at over 25 alternative energy and battery conferences and has three registered patents.

Said holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and an M.Sc. and B.Sc. in chemical engineering from the Jordan University of Science and Technology.

Tom Nation, Chief Operating Officer
Prior to joining AllCell, Tom Nation led manufacturing and product development of electrical, electronics, and cooling products in the automotive industry for over 30 years. Tom began his career at Ford Motor Company in their electronics division as the auto industry began the rapid and massive incorporation of electronics into cars. He progressed through a variety of roles with Ford—and its spin-off Visteon—for 32 years, including several years in Europe where he was responsible for operations at over a dozen manufacturing plants. He is well versed in lean, six sigma, and TPS manufacturing processes and practices and has managed the full range of small to very large manufacturing sites. Tom is also an accomplished photographer and fine art printing specialist. He has a BS in electrical engineering from the Ohio State University and post graduate studies in digital imaging and signal processing.

Richard Ott, Controller
Richard Ott has over 40 years of experience as a CFO, controller, financial officer, and accountant. Richard began his career as an audit supervisor with Grant Thornton, where his clients included a variety of private and publicly traded companies. He then went on to hold a number of different financial management roles, primarily focused on manufacturing firms, including Driv-Lok Inc., RB&W Corporation, Winward Roofing, and MBL Corporation.

His experience includes consulting, process redesign, and implementing accounting and financial reporting systems. Richard holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois Chicago, and he was certified as a CPA by the Illinois Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Jeremiah Schatt, Chief Financial Officer
Jeremiah Schatt is an experienced finance professional with a passion for growing early stage ventures. He previously worked at Bioscan Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of pre-clinical imaging systems. As Manager of Financial Planning & Analysis, he helped the firm raise over $15M in debt and equity capital while improving its long-term revenue and cash flow projection capabilities.

Mr. Schatt’s early career was spent in politics and international affairs, where he primarily worked for the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). While employed a GMF, Mr. Schatt was responsible for overseeing a broad portfolio of projects, including: developing and managing major public opinion surveys, assisting the foundation with its long-term strategic planning processes, and overseeing a portion of the foundation’s grants making activities.

Mr. Schatt holds an MBA with a concentration in economics and entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a B.A. in Religious Studies from Wesleyan University.