Advisors

Brandon Harwick, Consulting Engineer

Brandon, PE, LEED AP BD+C, Founding Partner of Engenium Group, is nationally recognized as one of the ASHRAE Top 5 New Faces of Engineering in 2010.  Brandon is a strong proponent of sustainable development.  His resume contains dozens of LEED certified buildings including four Platinum projects ranging in size from small off-grid projects, to larger net zero projects, to the world’s largest LEED Platinum project located in Saudi Arabia. In 2011, Brandon led the engineering effort of the winning Next Generation Metropolis design competition.

A graduate of Penn State Schreyer Honors College Brandon often returns to his alma mater to participate in senior thesis juries and host educational events. Brandon has also presented at events for the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster (GPIC), University of Michigan Power Conference, BuildBoston, and many others. Specializing in challenging projects and with experience in many market sectors, Brandon brings a diverse background and technical strength to the Sustainable System International project team.

 

Jill A. T. Sorensen – Legal, IP/Technology Development Advisor

Jill is a senior innovation manager with over twenty-five years of experience in intellectual asset and technology management.  She is the founder of Bilyan, LLC, an intellectual property and business development consultancy.  Since establishing Bilyan, Jill has co-founded two health innovation companies, launched an electric vehicle public-private partnership as a division of the International Center for Sustainable Development, co-founded Earth Home International to support off-grid housing for developing communities internationally, facilitated the raise of $5.5 million in capital for technology and economic development, and advised on sustainability strategies for multiple jurisdictions within Maryland, across the U.S. and globally.  Jill is appointed by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley to serve on the Board of the Maryland Clean Energy Center, a statewide clean energy and business incubation center poised to create, steward and grow green economy interests.

Previous to Bilyan, Jill served as Executive Director of the Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer (JHTT) office, where she oversaw a staff of 30, including corporate relations, business development, ventures and licensing professional staff, a portfolio of approximately 1500 active inventions and 2800 issued patents.

Jill earned her J.D. from DePaul University, her B.A. from Northwestern University, pursued graduate studies in chemistry at the University of Illinois, and was a visiting scholar to the University of Oxford in 2004 and 2007.

 

 

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