Seasoned Experts at CTP

Our full-time staff is complimented by a variety of on-call industry experts. The team takes an inter-disciplinary approach, sourcing information from the industry’s most knowledgeable pros and lending value and depth to the services we provide.


Masood Akhtar, Ph.D. – President and Founder

Key Expertise: An Energy Entrepreneur with Over 25 Years of Research, Development, Commercialization, Marketing, Technology Transfer, Investment and Management Experience in the Field of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

Masood founded CleanTech Partners (CTP) to accelerate commercialization of energy saving and renewable energy technologies by providing capital and other assistance critical for deployment. Masood was the lead to 1) acquire a first-of-its kind Memorandum Of Understanding signed between the US Department of Energy (DOE) and Wisconsin to promote greater energy efficiency throughout Wisconsin’s industrial sector; 2) recruit the first nine industry CEOs who signed the DOE’s Save Energy Now Leader’s Pledge (now Better Building, Better Plants) to reduce energy intensity by 25% in 10 years (currently over 130 Leaders nationwide), and 3) secure $14.6 million recovery money from DOE to deploy “shovel” ready industrial energy efficiency projects and up to $130 million from DOE for the production of biofuels and bio-products projects.

Masood is also a founder and CEO of Biopulping International, Inc. that develops and commercializes energy savings and biofuels technologies. Masood has also served s as the project leader at the University of Wisconsin (UW)/USDA Forest Products Laboratory (FPL). Masood holds several patents and has published more than 50 papers in the field of energy and is a frequent speaker on energy related topics.

Masood has received many awards including: the USDA Honor Award for Environmental Protection from the USDA Secretary in Washington, D.C for developing energy saving technologies; Federal Laboratory Consortium Award; U.S. Forest Service Chief's Awards for Excellence in Technology Transfer; and Wisconsin Small Business Innovation Award for Outstanding Achievements. Masood was elected as a Fellow by the International Academy of Wood Science, UK. On request of the U.S. Congress, Masood has also testified before a committee on energy related issues.

Masood was appointed by the Governor of Wisconsin on a committee that advised the Midwest Governors on “creating jobs in the new energy economy”. Masood also co-founded the Bioenergy Deployment Consortium to build private and public institutional readiness to participate in the U.S. bioeconomy. Masood was elected as the Chair of the Forest Research Advisory Committee that advises the USDA Agricultural Secretary on research, including biofuels and nanotechnology.

Masood completed his Ph.D. in Botany from AMU, Aligarh, India, and served as a post-doctoral fellow in Plant Pathology at the Ohio State University. Masood was one of the 50 Indian students who were awarded the Government of India Fellowship for Higher Studies Abroad.

Masood’s responsibilities at CTP include: managing all CTP activities, including contracts; providing strategic guidance; serving as a liaison between CTP and state and federal agencies; helping leverage resources with other state, federal, and private resources; helping arrange meetings with industry leaders; and serving on the Board of Directors of CTP.

Tim R. Konicek, Ph.D. – Manager, Emerging Technologies Program

Key Expertise: Over 30 Years of Key Experience Including Energy Efficiency Finance, Technology and Business Due Diligence, Product Development and Commercialization, Strategic Marketing, Strategic Alliances.

Tim has extensive private sector business management experience in both large multi-national and start-up companies. He was President and CEO of OpGen, Inc., an early stage Madison, WI biotechnology company. Prior to joining OpGen, Tim was a management consultant to start-up and high growth technology companies in California, working on business plan development, strategic planning, technology licensing, joint ventures, market analyses and positioning, and product development planning. Before joining the entrepreneurial world, Tim worked at S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc. in Racine, Wisconsin where he held management positions in product development, technology search and acquisition, business development, and strategic marketing. While at S. C. Johnson, Tim built a successful track record creating significant new business by identifying and commercializing new products and technologies. These products have generated multi-billion dollar global revenue streams. He is skilled in all aspects of corporate operations from product development and design to commercialization. Throughout much of his career, Tim has structured and managed strategic alliances with venture-backed companies. He is currently the Fund Manager for $5.5 Million of investment funds targeting energy technologies and "clean tech" where he has completed 30 investments totaling over $10,000,000 – equity, debt, and capital leases.

Tim holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Organic Chemistry from Northwestern University and a B.A. in Chemistry from Carthage College. He has also attended the Venture Capital Institute.

Tim’s responsibilities at CTP include: Investment Fund manager; managing the investment process and reporting, structuring new investments, technology sourcing, evaluation, and due diligence; and project development.

Ed Corrigan, Ph.D. - Operations Manager

Key Expertise: Finance and Banking, Credit Underwriting, Credit Structure, Credit Administration, Grant Administration, Project Management, Business Management, and Economic Analysis.

Ed has extensive experience in banking and finance having worked in the private sector, not for profit sector and public sector. Before joining CTP, Ed served 10 years as the President and CEO at Diachemix, an early stage biotechnology firm developing diagnostic products for the veterinary disease and food safety markets. He was responsible for the company’s organization, strategic planning, equity funding, product development and regulatory approval, intellectual property, collaborative research agreements, grants administration, OEM contract manufacturing, license agreements, and financial management.

Ed has also been a vice president and regional market president at US Bank where his responsibilities included small business and commercial lending, retail management, bank acquisition integration, credit analysis, regulatory compliance and risk management. Ed also has worked in the state government strategic planning and executive budgeting areas, and for non-profit organizations supervising program planning and grants allocations activities.

Ed has a Masters Degree in Economics and a Ph.D. in International Studies (Economic Development) from the University of Denver.

Ed’s responsibilities at CTP include: all business and operations management for the company. He also performs grants administration and reporting, manages special projects, conducts financial analysis, financial underwriting, investment administration, audit management, and human resources management.

Jim Denkmann, B.S. - Industrial Refrigeration Expert

Key Expertise: Refrigeration Industry Energy Efficiency Projects (with Reduced Environmental Emissions), Innovative Refrigeration Technology Due Diligence.

Jim has worked for more than 50 years with refrigeration technologies. He has significant technical knowledge and extensive experience working refrigeration technology systems. He is an expert on all CFCs, HCFCs, hydrocarbon and ammonia refrigerants in direct expansion, gravity recirculation, liquid overfeed systems using air-cooled, water-cooled or evaporative cooled heat rejection in single, multi-stage commission and cascade configurations. His work has involved refrigeration systems ranging in size from as small as 1/4 horsepower to refrigeration systems greater than 5,000 horsepower.

Jim has provided many seminars and lectures throughout the Midwest on refrigeration system technology. He also has many technical publications in this same field.

Jim holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Jim's responsibilities at CTP include assisting Wisconsin industrial companies in all facets of refrigeration systems, to identify and implement proven energy efficiency technologies that are new or common practice in Wisconsin, and identifying low-cost or no-cost best practices technology opportunities during plant walk-throughs and deploying them based on his "Subject Matter Expertise."

Jeff Fochs - Energy Specialist, C.E.M.

Key Expertise:  Pulp and Paper Industry Experience, Industrial Power Generation, Hydro Plant and Utility Systems, Energy Improvement Project Design, Scoping and Execution.

Jeff has over 35 years of pulp and paper industry experience, the last 14 years as Power & Recovery Superintendent at the Wausau Paper, Mosinee Mill.  As superintendent, he was responsible for managing the safe, reliable and efficient operation of four boilers, including one Kraft recovery boiler, two steam turbine generators, hydro-electric plant, re-causticising, and utilities.  Jeff has identified, scoped, and implemented scores of energy and cost savings projects.  He has conducted trials of innovative boiler fuel sources, and has extensive experience in project management, operator training, and process trouble-shooting.

Jeff holds a Pulp and Paper Industry Certificate from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. Certified Energy Manager (C.E.M.) certification is accredited by the American National Standards Institute and the U.S. Department of Energy.  Jeff participated in many professional training and energy efficiency seminars.

Jeff's responsibilities at CTP include: deployment of energy efficiency Best Practices, managing financing of Best Practices; along with identification, due diligence, and deployment of industry-specific emerging technologies.

Ken Gilbreath, M.S.--Pulping Expert.

Key Expertise:  Digester, Bleach Plant, Causticising, Power Plant processes and energy conservation. Steam Stripping Columns, Heat Exchanger/Condenser selection and optimization, Waste Heat Recovery and process optimization across integrated Pulp and Paper Mill. Excel energy and water balances, PI ProcessBook development and calculations, Boiler Feedwater heating, Cryogenic Oxygen Plant, Oxygen Activated Sludge Waste Treatment, Process Control.

Ken has worked in the Pulp and Paper Industry for over 45 years in various technical, manufacturing, engineering and consulting positions. The last 16 years have focused on energy conservation and waste heat recovery. He has designed and implemented hundreds of high return energy projects in Pulp and Paper Mills in North America, South America, Europe and Russia. He has presented more than 15 articles and technical presentations at Conferences organized by TAPPI, NCASI, Forest Product Society, DOE, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and Water Pollution Control. He received the Chairman and CEO Coin for outstanding service and MacGyver Award for project returns from International Paper.

Ken has a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL and a M.S. degree in Engineering from West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV.

Tim Hasbargen, B.S. - Energy Advisor, C.E.M.

Key Expertise: Pulp and Paper Experience, Hydro and Utility Systems, Industrial Waste Treatment, Process Control, Project Management, Capital and Departmental Budgeting, Energy Management and Energy Reduction, Pump Systems, Paper Converting Coating and Rewinding, and Mining Experience.

Tim has over 27 years of paper industry experience with Expera Specialty (Wausau Paper) Rhinelander Wisconsin Mill, and 9 years of mining industry experience with Eveleth Mines in Eveleth , Minnesota.  He has served in the position of Director of Engineering, Maintenance, Utilities and the Environmental Department. He has served as Manager of Engineering and Utilities, Senior Project Engineer, and Electrical and Instrumentation Supervisor. His responsibilities included management of departmental operations budgets, oversight of capital budgets, execution of multiple paper machine rebuilds, boiler control upgrades, stock prep rebuilds, waste treatment upgrades, energy reduction efforts and execution, converting and rewinding upgrades. He brings an overall paper process exposure, and is able to connect utilities and waste treatment into a process evaluation. His electrical and instrumentation background combine with the mechanical aspects of project management blends the two disciplines into complimentary solutions. Tim has worked with all levels within organizations and brings an ability to connect. Tim has overseen professional development and continues to mentor engineering professionals.

Tim has presented energy improvement seminars for TAPPI energy conferences.

Tim holds a B.S. degree in Quality and Productivity Management from Marion University in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, and A.S. Degrees in Industrial Electronics and Electrical Construction from Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Certified Energy Manager (C.E.M.) certification is accredited by the American National Standards Institute and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Tim's responsibilities at CTP include deployment of energy efficiency Best Practices, assisting clients with the implementation of identified Best Practices, and provides Subject Mater Expertise for Pumping Systems, and Energy Project Justification.

Steve Lewallen, B.S. - Energy Advisor, C.E.M.

Key Expertise: Metalcasting Industry, Metalcasting Energy Efficiency Projects (with Reduced Environmental Emissions), Innovative Technology Due Diligence.

Steve has a broad technical background that provides a solid understanding of technologies used in the metals industry. He has over 30 years of experience in forging and metalcasting operations. His former duties early in his career included electrical engineering, energy engineering, environmental engineering, maintenance supervision and project management. His responsibilities grew to be a multi-department leader covering facilities engineering, industrial engineering, information systems and corporate environmental compliance. In addition to his duties with Focus on Energy, Steve is also Executive Director of the Wisconsin Cast Metals Association and is active in the American Foundry Society.

Steve holds a B.S.E.E degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. Certified Energy Manager (C.E.M.) certification is accredited by the American National Standards Institute and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Steve’s responsibilities at CTP include assisting Wisconsin metalcasting companies to identify and implement proven energy efficiency technologies that are new to Wisconsin; and providing foundry-specific expertise.

John Neun, P.E. - Mill Water System Expert

Key Expertise: Paper Machine Evaluation and Optimization, Paper Machine Water Systems. Paper Forming, Paper Pressing, Vacuum Systems, Mechanical Engineering.

Since he began his career in the paper industry in 1979, John has worked in a variety of technical and management roles giving him the opportunity to learn about paper machines. He has made measurements on and evaluated most paper machines in the US and many more around the world in a career with Albany International and Kadant, Inc. For the last ten years, he has concentrated on finding energy saving opportunities in forming and pressing, especially focusing on paper machine water systems. John has published many papers, mostly for Tappi. He has won leadership awards from both Tappi Engineering and Paper and Board Divisions, and is a Tappi Fellow.

John has B.S. and M. Eng. Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is a registered Professional Engineer in New York State.

John’s key responsibilities at CTP include identification and deployment of "proven" emerging technologies and identification and deployment of low-cost or no-cost best practices opportunities (low-hanging fruits) during plants walk-throughs based on his "Subject Matter Expertise."


Doug Presny, B.S.M.E. - Field Deployment Specialist

Key Expertise: Emerging Technology Due Diligence and Demonstration All Across Energy-Intensive Industries.

Doug has 25 years of experience identifying, developing, and implementing energy efficiency opportunities. His former career duties include serving as a facility energy manager, a utility industrial account manager, an international energy efficiency consultant, and developing market transforming industrial programs for motors, compressed air, fans, pumps and boilers.

Doug holds a B.S.M.E degree from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Wisconsin.

Doug’s key responsibilities at CTP include technology identification, due diligence, and conducting demonstrations of emerging technologies. He identifies and assists company implementation of proven energy efficiency technologies that are new or best practices in Wisconsin; and provides industry-specific technical assistance and "Subject Matter Expertise."

Dick Reese, B.S. - Paper Machine Expert

Key Expertise: Paper Manufacture, Paper Machine Energy Evaluations, Papermaking Technology (All Major Grades of Paper).

Dick has worked on paper machines for over 50 years in various technical, manufacturing, engineering, and consulting positions. He has worked for paper companies, suppliers to the paper industry, engineering companies, and as an independent consultant. He is an active member of TAPPI and is a TAPPI Fellow, has been awarded the Manufacturing and Engineering Division Technical Award, and the Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Award that is the top technical award in the paper industry.

Dick has specialized in paper machine energy conservation for the past ten years, and was a key developer of TAPPI Technical Information Paper 0404-63, Paper Machine Energy Conservation. He developed paper machine energy scorecards that benchmark energy performance and identify opportunities for reducing energy use. The scorecards are used worldwide and have been translated into Spanish, French, and Chinese languages. He has completed paper machine energy evaluations on over 150 paper machines producing all major grades of paper. He has authored over 30 technical papers and made more than 60 technical presentations at paper industry conferences and seminars.

Dick has a B.S. degree in Paper Technology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Dick’s key responsibilities at CTP include identification and deployment of "proven" emerging technologies and identification and deployment of low-cost or no-cost best practices opportunities during paper machine walk-throughs based on his "Subject Matter Expertise."

Randy Urness, P.E. - Energy Advisor

Key Expertise: Energy and Process Improvements Analysis & Implementation in Industry, Especially the Plastics and Food Processing Clusters.

Randy has over 20 years of experience in engineering management, project management, and product development. He has worked in a range of fields including plastics injection and blow molding, metal stamping, healthcare devices, food service equipment and HVAC. While working in the commercial kitchen ventilation industry, Randy became involved with the development and implementation of energy efficient ventilation products for the food service industry. This development work led to involvement in creating testing standards with ASHRAE, ASTM, and UL. He currently has seven U.S. patents for products designs ranging from injection molded consumer products to healthcare devices. He has designed numerous products and led many other projects.

In addition to his providing support to the Focus on Energy’s Emerging Technology Program, Randy works as an Energy Advisor for Focus on Energy with clients from a broad range of Wisconsin industries. Among his customers are plastic processors, metal stamping & forming, food processors, printers, glass manufacturers, and the fast growing sand mining industry.

Randy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and Associate of Applied Science Degrees in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy from Mid-State Technical College. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Wisconsin.

Randy’s responsibilities at CTP include working as a Focus on Energy Advisor to Large Energy Users in Wisconsin, providing industry specific technical assistance to the Plastics and Food Processing Clusters, and performing research for new energy efficiency technologies for the Plastics and Food Processing Clusters.

Dave Wurtz - Energy Specialist, C.E.M.

Key Expertise: HVAC, Industrial Ventilation, Building Automation Systems (BAS), Digital Control Systems (DCS), Industrial Facility Energy Audits, Steam, Compressed Air, Refrigeration, Process and Pumping Systems.

Dave has over 30 years of experience selling, designing, trouble-shooting and optimizing HVAC, Industrial Ventilation, and Industrial Process and Control systems, the last 15 years focusing primarily on identifying and developing energy efficiency projects. Dave has participated in joint utility and industrial utility customer energy team meetings and has helped identify and implement dozens of energy and cost savings projects. He has extensive experience in the implementation of utility customer funded energy efficiency programs.

Dave holds a State of Wisconsin Designer of Engineering Systems License. Certified Energy Manager (C.E.M.) certification is accredited by the American National Standards Institute and the U.S. Department of Energy.  Dave has participated in many professional training and energy efficiency seminars.

Dave's responsibilities at CTP include discovery of, due diligence for, and deployment of emerging energy savings technologies, mainly in the Pulp and Paper industry. Dave also provides industry specific subject matter expertise.