Embedded Energy Technology (EET), based in Pittsburgh, PA, is on a mission to save energy and prove it. EET’s SmartJacket insulates and monitors steam system components. The SmartJacket integrates wireless sensors with highly efficient insulation, capturing and reporting true energy savings while tracking real-time component health and overall system function.
Steam systems are one of the largest energy consumers in the United States, representing almost 15% of the total annual energy usage. Amongst the 50,000 district and industrial steam facilities in the U.S, there are over $16 Billion in annual savings addressable by the SmartJacket.
Brian and Mike Bannon, owners of removable insulation manufacturer Thermaxx Jackets, along with Dr. Scott Thayer, Jeffrey Mishler, Philip Johns, and Dylan Bruno formed EET in response to customer demand for post-installation verification of energy savings provided by industrial insulation products. Since then, EET’s offering has evolved into a comprehensive solution to inventory (catalog and identify), monitor, and track insulated steam system components.
An Environmental Engineer from MIT as well as an actor on national network television and in many feature films, Dylan is a champion of tech startups with a unique combination of skills and background that makes him a special asset to the team. He is an enthusiastic evangelist for the growth of the company and his unique perspective is valuable in problem solving through the evolution of the company. To keep his academic background alive, Dylan has had several roles in various technology start-ups, and when not working, he likes to surf, ski and spearfish to provide healthy, wild caught seafood for his family.
VP of Engineering
Jeff began his career after earning a B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1993. He is skilled in the fields of robotics, automation, and computer vision and has been consulting in those industries since 1999, lending his specialized expertise and field support in the robotics industry. Previous work experience includes RedZone Robotics, Carnegie Mellon University, and K2T where he honed his team-leading skills as well as furthering his robotic and technology development experience.
VP of Business Development
Brian Bannon started his career in construction, insulation and demolition. While performing undergraduate studies at the University of CT, Brian and family formed an environmental clean up company in New England. His vision, dedication and drive helped take this company from a garage startup in 1986 to a 20million dollar a year CT icon. A life long entrepreneur, Brian has started and driven many companies to reach their revenue and performance goals. The only thing Brian loves more than his business is his family. When not growing his companies, Brian enjoys spending time with his wife of 20+ years and playing sports and hanging out with his two children.
An inspired innovator and researcher, Dr. Scott Thayer is the owner of 8 patents and over 100 publications and invited presentations. Dr. Thayer is an exceptional leader having successfully managed teams of multi-disciplinary engineers in the pursuit of fundamental research as well as delivery and operations of resultant technology to the end customer. Throughout his career, Dr. Thayer has also been deeply involved in direct Sales & Marketing, and has garnered over $30M dollars in funded R&D with follow on Commercialization efforts exceeding $100M of measurable economic activity.
Philip J. Johns (P.J) started his career in the Fiat Group’s management fast-track program and spent several years abroad working in automotive product development and manufacturing in roles with Fiat Auto, Alfa Romeo, and Case New Holland. He left the program to pursue an MBA and, following graduation, went to work for RedZone Robotics where he met many of his future EET partners. He was responsible for all aspects of RedZone’s successful Solo project, an autonomous sewer inspection platform. He has an extensive international background, having lived outside of the United States for half of his life. Philip holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA with concentrations in Marketing and Managing Innovation & Product Development from Carnegie Mellon University.