Harnessing the sun’s power takes a powerful team
CEO & FOUNDER
VP & CTO
Katherine Lukes is a former Captain in the United States Marine Corps and completed her MBA with a focus in Operations and Supply Chain Management. Lukes leverages her military experience in global supply chain, and logistics to lead the operations department.
Oyku Demirel received her BS degree in Chemical Engineering and her MS degree in Nano Engineering from University of California San Diego. Demirel is a globally published researcher, working to develop efficient materials to optimize Icarus’ technology.
Brian Beachnau is a current MSME student at San Diego State University, Brian Beachnau’s research has focused on heat transfer analysis and optimization through computational modeling. He is committed to developing efficient, sustainable technology.
Alexander Yeh received his BS in Electrical Engineering from UCSD and is currently an Electrical Engineering graduate student at SDSU. Specializing in power and energy systems, Alexander has research experience in solar energy and wind turbine control systems. He is also Icarus RT’s commercial FAA Part 107 pilot.
HUMAN RESOURCE & OUTREACH MANAGER
After retiring from the United States Marine Corps, Dugar joined the Icarus team to continue her fight for a better future. With a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Hispanic Studies from Rice University, she is a natural fit for HR and Outreach.
MEMBER, Board of Directors
Jayanth Franklin is a wildlife biologist turned growth focused entrepreneur. Currently, Jay is co owner of NRG Controls, Inc. which he helped grow from a $2 million business to a $20 million dollar business. NRG Controls is an energy management and smart building company. Jay is focused on financially and environmentally sustainable solutions for the company’s clients.