T2 Energy was launched in 2012 as a result of the founder’s desire to build a global company that could someday employ tens of thousands of people. To achieve that vision, company leaders looked for industries that were ripe for disruption, global, and involved pervasive needs. What better industry than energy? Driven by a parallel desire to create a financially and environmentally sustainable business model, founder and CEO Mark Randall centered on the power of one of the earth’s oldest biological organisms – algae – to transform waste carbon into opportunity; to transform sunlight into usable energy; and to create products that address global needs for food, feed, and fuel. Today, T2 Energy is fulfilling that vision with a portfolio approach to feedstocks and end products that will address environmental challenges and create economic opportunities around the world.
Mark Randall, President/CEO
Mark Randall has more than 20 years in a variety of executive positions in companies in multiple markets. In addition he is the founder or co-founder of a number of companies. Prior to founding T2 Energy, Mark was President/CEO of Quantum Remediation, an engineering service company that processed over 500,000 tons of oil contaminated soil and sludge throughout the US. He was also the President of Enviro-Insure, an environmental service company that used his patent-pending technology to minimize environmental exposure at dry cleaners, a process that is still in use in many dry cleaners in the U.S. Mark is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology.
William S. Ansari, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Ansari started his career in science as a stem cell biologist in a tissue homeostasis and regeneration lab at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. He then went on to study in the laboratory of Dr. Stephen Mayfield at the University of California, San Diego where he graduated with a Ph.D. in biological sciences.
His thesis research focused on developing and utilizing genetic engineering techniques in microalgae to alter fatty acid composition and lipid metabolism. He also developed methods to improve microalgal culture monitoring using inexpensive LEDs and light sensors. Dr. Ansari was able to demonstrate successful modification of fatty acid profile towards production of long chain polyunsaturated fats through genetic manipulation of a model microalgae as well as genetic transformation of several non-model organism microalgae.
Dr. Ansari possesses a diverse scientific and technological education including classical genetics, mutagenic selection techniques, transgenic molecular biology, biochemistry, lipid and oil chemistry, edible oil processing, bioprocess development, bioreactor design and engineering, 2d/3d modeling and rendering, programming, and process automation.
Melissa S. Anderson, Ph.D., Director of Research and Development
Dr. Anderson has over ten years of research experience investigating microalgae and bacterial pathogens. Her focuses include sustainable food production, biosecurity, and improving human and animal health through the utilization of genetic engineering and computational molecular biology. Prior to joining T2 Energy, Dr. Anderson worked for the United States Department of Agriculture where she led a team studying the relationship between microbial growth and plant physiology. She has also worked as a consultant for start-up aquaculture companies providing scientific expertise and product development advising. Dr. Anderson completed her postdoctoral training at the California Center for Algae Biotechnology at the University of California, San Diego researching nuclear regulatory genetic networks in microalgae. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications and has served as a volunteer mentor to high school and undergraduate students in STEM fields. Dr. Anderson has a bachelor's of science degree in Cell and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Robert C. Dynes, Ph.D.
Robert served as the 18th president of the University of California, from 2003 to 2008. A first-generation college graduate and a distinguished physicist, he served as the sixth chancellor of the UC’s San Diego campus from 1996 to 2003. Robert came to UC San Diego in 1990 after a 22-year career at AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he served as department head of semiconductor and material physics research and director of chemical physics research. His numerous scientific honors include the 1990 Fritz London Award in Low Temperature Physics and his election to the National Academy of Sciences in 1989 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1994.
While president, Robert also served as a professor of physics at UC Berkeley where he directed a laboratory that focused on superconductivity. The lab incorporated postdoctoral and graduate students, as well as undergraduates, in physics and materials science. As a professor of physics at UC San Diego, he founded an interdisciplinary laboratory where chemists, electrical engineers, and private industry researchers investigated the properties of metals, semiconductors and superconductors. Robert subsequently became chairman of the Department of Physics and then senior vice chancellor for Academic Affairs.
Since leaving the UC presidency in June 2008, he has joined the boards of Argonne National Laboratory, the review panel for the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the Helmholtz Foundation in Germany and the San Diego Foundation. Robert currently chairs a National Academy of Sciences Study on Advanced Radiation Detectors and he is on the governing board of the National Research Council. Robert has rejoined the UC San Diego Department of Physics as a professor.
Bhima Vijayendran, Ph.D., MBA
Bhima is a Partner at Redwood Innovation Partners, a consulting and advisory firm committed to accelerating scientific and engineering based innovation in the fields of advanced functional materials, energy, life sciences, innovative water treatment technologies, and renewable technologies. He is a results-oriented leader with a demonstrated record of linking R&D investments to commercial products for sustained and profitable growth.
Bhima is the Former Senior Research Leader and Vice President Business Development, Battelle Memorial Institute; Chief Research Officer, Battelle Science and Technology, Malaysia and a Director, Discovery Research at PPG Industries. He is recognized as one of the leading authorities on advanced materials, special chemical and polymer systems in numerous markets including: Renewable and clean technology, Energy, Nano Technology and Industrial Products.
He holds a BS and MS from the University of Madras, a PhD in Polymer and Surface Science from the University of Southern California, and an MBA from the University of New Haven. He is the recipient of more than 100 patents, six R&D 100 awards, the Presidential Green Chemistry Award, Battelle Inventor, United Soybean and American Soybean Life Time Achievement Awards, Battelle CEO Award, and Induction to Battelle Inventors Wall of Fame.