Advisors

Larry Evans, Strategic Technology Advisor

Larry co-founded Rive and served as the company’s Chief Executive Officer from 2006-2012.

Previously he was the principal founder of Aspen Technology and served as its Chief Executive Officer from 1981 to 2002. During this time the company grew from a start-up to become the leading provider of technical software and solutions to the chemical and refining industries. He led Aspen’s successful initial public offering in 1994.

In addition to his business experience, Larry has a strong technical background. He served as professor of chemical engineering at MIT from 1962 to 1990, where he was well-known for his work in modeling and optimization of industrial processes. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2002. He also served as President of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) in 2007.

Larry holds his BS from the University of Oklahoma and an MS and PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan.

Ed Wolynic, Strategic Technology Advisor

Ed has more than 35 years of experience in managing technology, business development, licensing, and intellectual property for several global Fortune 500 companies. Most recently, Ed served as interim chief technology officer for Honeywell’s Specialty Materials Division.  Previously, he served as chief technology officer and group vice president of strategic technologies at Engelhard Corporation, a leading surface and materials science company, from 2000 until its 2006 acquisition by BASF. As an elected officer of Engelhard, Ed was responsible for the corporation’s overall technology investment and the Ventures/New Business Development group. He also served on the board of the Nippon-Engelhard joint venture.

Before joining Engelhard, Ed was vice president of research and development at International Specialty Products and at UOP, a Honeywell company. He also held positions with Union Carbide and Merck.

Ed serves on the board of directors or advisory boards of several venture-backed companies including Nanostellar, Climax Global Energy, Anellotech, SiGNa Chemistry and The Idea Zoo. Ed also provides consulting and advisory support services to several Fortune 500 corporations and is active with the Garden State Cancer Center Foundation and the Franklin Lakes Environmental Commission.

Ed holds a BS in chemical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and earned an MS and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Princeton University.

 

Stephen J. McGovern, FCC Technology Advisor

Steve McGovern advises Rive on technology scale-up, catalyst evaluation, and refinery economics. Steve has over 35 years of experience in the refining and petrochemical industries. He is currently a principal of PetroTech Consultants, where he provides consulting services relating to refining technologies and refining economics. He has consulted with numerous refiners to evaluate gasoline and diesel desulfurization technologies and on FCC operations and environmental issues. Steve has provided technical advice to DARPA and commercial enterprises for the production of biofuels. He is a member of a U.S. NCR committee evaluating the impact of biofuels on the US economy.

Previously, Steve was with Mobil Technology Company, where he was involved in process development and refinery technical support. Steve has 17 patents and many publications. He has lectured, published and consulted on refining technology and environmental issues.

Steve has a BS and MS in chemical engineering from Drexel University and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Princeton University.

 

Mike Gonnerman, Consulting CFO

Mike has close to 40 years of business experience.  He spent ten years with Arthur Andersen and has served as the Chief Financial Officer of two public and two private technology companies.  He currently serves as a financial consultant and advisor to early-stage companies, and recently authored Ask Mike, an entrepreneurs’ guide to finance.

Mike received an AB in economics from Dartmouth College and his MBA in accounting from Northwestern University.

 

Allen Richmond, Consulting Counsel – Intellectual Property

Allen is a patent attorney with 30 years of experience at Phillips Petroleum.  During his career at Phillips, Allen served as Chief Patent Counsel and led the technology licensing business unit.

Allen received his BS and MS electrical engineering and his JD from the University of Arkansas.