Dr. Shaw has managed venture capital funds focused on alternative energy technologies for nearly 30 years. As president of Aretê Corporation, he managed the Micro-Generation Technology Fund, a venture capital fund investing in small-scale alternative energy systems, from its inception in 1997 to completion at the end of 2008. From 2007 until 2010, Dr. Shaw managed SC Green Tech Ventures for Sumitomo Corporation. He continues to invest as an angel investor in a portfolio of alternative energy companies, focusing on advanced solar, hydrogen / fuel cell, and battery technologies.
Dr. Shaw served as chairman and a director of Distributed Energy Systems Corp (DESC)/ Proton Energy Systems (PRTN) from its inception in 1996 to 2007, as chairman and director of Evergreen Solar, Inc. (ESLR) from its inception in 1994 through 2005, and as a director of NanoPhase Technologies, Inc. (NANX). He has served on numerous other corporate boards during his venture capital career.
Dr. Shaw was a member of the DOE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC) for three terms, from its formation in 2006 until 2015, and he served as its chair from 2010-2012. He also served two terms on the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems of the National Research Council. Dr. Shaw received a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University in 1968, MSEE and BEP degrees from Cornell University in 1964, and an MPA in Organization Design and Development from American University in 1981. He has been a member of the Engineering College Council at Cornell University since 2005 and served as its chair from 2009-2012. He is also a member of the Cornell University Council. In addition, he served as a trustee, treasurer, and finance committee chair of the Society for Science and the Public. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, and Phi Kappa Phi, and has been listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, and American Men and Women of Science. He is also a member of numerous professional societies, including AAAS, APS, ASES, ISES, NVCA, Solar Circle, and SVN. Dr. Shaw writes and speaks frequently on investing in energy technologies, climate change issues, and investing in sustainable business.