Dr. Andrew Skumanich is a successful Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of SolarVision Consulting, a boutique technology business development company with a core team of technologists focused on renewables and distributed generation energy production. He is a global expert on microgrids and has participated as part of a team installing more than 1MW of microgrids in developing countries. He co-founded Advenira Enterprises, a start-up that is developing advanced coatings and performance thin films. He provided executive-level support to various solar start-ups including SiGen and Innovalight, as VP of Business Development. He was a Senior Technologist at Applied Materials in the solar and semiconductor divisions. Before that he was at KLA-Tencor, and was a staff scientist at IBM Research. He earned his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in Physics with a thesis on thin films for PV and electronics. He is a Hertz Foundation fellow and a member of the global solar community, often presenting at international conferences. He has published peer-reviewed papers on microgrids as well as other key technology trends.