OUR TEAM

Many professionals passionate about making Evolve™ happen.

Brian Gilman

The Founder & CEO who designed and developed Evolve™. He wrote patent US9476133, created 59 patent drawings, assembled the team, and forged public relations with potential customers. Brian was raised in a family of engineers, and his creative career path never strayed far from the precision work of his roots. His inspired leap and talents in design enabled him to take his vision of Evolve™ and make it reality. Brian has always had a passion for cleaner fuel sources, and in 2011 he decided to make one of his envisioned designs come to life. He designed the Evolve™ device to create high volumes of hydrogen for fuel cells and combustion engines. His extensive research into electro-conductive materials led him to draft the design based on his findings.

Brian Gilman

CEO and Founder
Spencer Teplin

Spencer has always chosen environments, both personal and public, as his focus of interest. His desire to improve the world we live in lead to his dedication to renewable energies, which began with a successful five year trial of fueling and maintaining a fleet of vegetable oil-based diesel cars. Now approaching his 30th year at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the Watson School of Biological Sciences, Spencer has decades of experience as Shared Research Core Facility Manager. His facility handles the Sanger sequencing analysis for hundreds of scientists. His managerial experience aids in the daily function of Gilman Industries, which he and Brian cofounded after their initial dissociation “garage” tests. His contributions to written and graphic content has helped their small company establish itself internationally and online.

Spencer Teplin

COO and Co-Founder
Thomas Boe-Wiegaard

Tom has always been inspired by innovation, especially in alternative energy technology. His professional background in naval architecture and aerospace composite development has given him the technical foundation which enables him to problem-solve creatively and efficiently. Having completed a BSME, MSME and an MBA in Finance, Thomas further strengthens the analytical and forward-thinking capacities that will position Gilman Industries as a strong player in the alternative energy market.

Thomas Boe-Wiegaard

VP Business Development & Product Design
Mitch J. Kaminski

As President of RAM Engineering Solutions LLC, a nimble tool design and engineering service firm, Mitch brings start-up and hands-on successes in Manufacturing Engineering, Project Management, and ISO certification.

Mitch J. Kaminski

Director of Engineering Support Services
Dr. Ronald J. Pirich

Dr. Pirich is a Technical Fellow at Northrop Grumman Corp. Dr. Pirich has over 31 years of experience in systems engineering, technical integration and associated research and development enabling technologies. He was program manager and principal investigator of several NASA materials processing in space programs and several USAF/USN/Government Signature Management efforts. We met Dr. Pirich through the Long Island Forum for Technology.

Dr. Ronald J. Pirich

Chief Technology Officer and Technical Advisor
Torkel Nilssen

Torkel comes to Gilman Industries with 20 years of international business development, ranging from a top tier consulting firm to small startups. Torkel is a strategic thinker who has helped shape the vision for Evolve™, and will maximize Gilman Industries' potential to execute on its go-to-market strategy. Based in Oslo Norway, Torkel holds an MSc in Marketing & Management.

Torkel Nilssen

Commercial Director
Stephen Boyd, PhD.

As CTO/CEO of Havelide Systems, Inc. Stephen has been moving forward with commercialization in both the molten-salt and health-related fields. Dr. Boyd won the Innovator of the Year Award for 2018 as chosen by CEBIP, and like Gilman Industries, was also a semi-finalist in NASA's 2018 iTech Energy Competition (for Havilide). Dr. Boyd completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Physics/Astronomy department at Hunter College, NY. That work involved a novel class of lithium-ion, iron-fluoride salts, called “conversion materials” as part of a large Department of Energy project involving 15 universities and National Laboratories around the country.

Stephen Boyd, PhD.

Chief Science Officer
Siv Almaas

Hydrogen gas grid development expertise - consultancy Hydrogen burner feasibility - prototyping laboratory assessments - in-house R&D Established own BCGA/ATEX compliant hydrogen test laboratory for in-house R&D and consultancy activities

Siv Almaas

Hydrogen Standards Advisor
Michele Gilman

Michele honed her wide range of abilities at School of Visual Arts in NY, and School of Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA, earning her BFA from Tufts University. After developing award-winning interactive learning programs for LILCO, and cutting edge websites for clients including ABCTV, she taught web development at Hendriks Institute and Baruch College, NY. Expanding her reach into Point of Sale, she developed customer-centric branding at Trader Joe's stores throughout the northeast. Her ability to forecast trends and see the big picture, while keeping an obsessive eye on detail, guides the brand of Gilman Industries.

Michele Gilman

Director of Public Relations
Harry W. Gottshall

Harry is also the owner of Gottshall Instrument Service, Poughkeepsie, NY since 1992, and was previously a Senior Engineering Manager at IBM's Development Laboratory in Poughkeepsie, NY. Harry has 4 issued patents and 13 published concepts, developed for and owned by IBM. He has a FCC first class license for Commercial Radiotelephone with Radar endorsement NLA and an Extra Class Amateur Radio W2ZA. He has a MSEE from IBMIT and Lincoln Labs, an AAS from USAFI, and is a Decorated Combat Veteran (US Expeditionary Force Quemoy & Matsu Islands)."

Harry W. Gottshall

Chief Electronics Advisor
Cliff Locks

Cliff is the founder and president of Investment Capital Growth, a strategy and operations management consulting firm that works with senior management and CEOs to drive the process from planning to implementation and obtaining bottom-line results. He has worked with giants such as Amazon, Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy and many other Fortune 500 brands as a global supply chain expert. After graduating from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), he founded and built three successful businesses which were all sold profitably. Through his participation in Angel Fire Ventures, he is now considered an expert in financing start-ups. Cliff’s strong executive advisory board leadership at various companies contribute to the continuous success of the portfolio firms that he works with.

Cliff Locks

Business Advisor
Geoff Herald

A former Fire Chief for the city of Danbury, Connecticut, Geoff  has a Master’s Degree in Safety Security and Emergency Management from Eastern Kentucky University. Geoff brings us his skills consulting for Code and OSHA compliance, advising for disaster recovery operations and response planning, and emergency response training. “I am focused on ensuring safety in all responses and operations. Providing for compliance, familiarity and safety of operators and first responders is paramount. It is in the preparation that we can prevent or reduce the impact of negative events. In working with businesses and the fire and emergency services to ensure adequate emergency response plans such as continuity of operations plans, I hope to protect the community from serious disruptions due to natural or human caused events.”

Geoff Herald

Fire Safety & Building Compliance Advisor
Kowthamraj V. Sangappillai

With multiple impressive certifications in Energy, Innovation and Climate Technology, Kowtham's internship at the United Nations UNIDO in Vienna, Austria brings a global reach in his advisory role to Gilman Industries.

Kowthamraj V. Sangappillai

Global Industrial Development Advisor -EU/APAC