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Dawn White: Founder, President and Chief Technology Officer of Accio Energy

Dawn White is the Founder, President and Chief Technology Officer of Accio Energy, an early stage company engaged in development of Electrohydrodynamic wind energy technology.| Short Read
Dawn White has assumed a huge variety of roles during her decades-long career; she has the experience to know which she prefers and which work best with her personality. White shares a detailed breakdown of the hierarchy within companies, the types of entrepreneurship, and how different roles in a company have to behave in order to become successful in this Entrepreneurship Talk.

The talks were part of Entrepreneurship Hour (ENTR 407), a weekly speaker series that invites distinguished members of the entrepreneurial community to share inspirational startup stories with aspiring entrepreneurs. The series is sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan.

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About the Speaker

Dawn White is the Founder, President and Chief Technology Officer of Accio Energy, an early stage company engaged in development of Electrohydrodynamic wind energy technology. EHD wind is non-turbine based wind power with potential to be as modular as solar panels, very low in cost, and without the moving blades that create noise, flicker and environmental concerns. At Accio she leads a small team of scientists and engineers working to understand the complex fluid mechanics and electrostatics of producing wind energy using charged droplets instead of turbine blades.

Prior to starting Accio Energy, White founded the VC-backed, Ann Arbor-based Solidica, Inc. in January 2000 based on the Ultrasonic Consolidation rapid prototyping process, which she invented and commercialized as the Form-ation rapid prototyping machine.

Before starting Solidica, White worked in developing and deploying advanced manufacturing technology at Ford Motor Company where she won Ford Technical Achievement Awards in 1994, 1995 and 1996, and purchased a UK based additive manufacturing company and transferred the technology into Ford. She was also involved in materials and manufacturing related research at MTS Systems and the US Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory.

She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences. White’s continuous record of commercial innovation in a range of materials processing and manufacturing fields, including welding and joining science, metal spray forming, and rapid prototyping and tooling has resulted in 23 US Patents with six additional patents pending.

White received a BS and MS in Materials Science and Engineering and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois.

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Sarah Bachleda
Graduate Student Research Assistant

Michigan Engineering

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The electrons absorb laser light and set up “momentum combs” (the hills) spanning the energy valleys within the material (the red line). When the electrons have an energy allowed by the quantum mechanical structure of the material—and also touch the edge of the valley—they emit light. This is why some teeth of the combs are bright and some are dark. By measuring the emitted light and precisely locating its source, the research mapped out the energy valleys in a 2D crystal of tungsten diselenide. Credit: Markus Borsch, Quantum Science Theory Lab, University of Michigan.

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