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Management Team

Kevin L. Schewe, MD, Chairman, CEO and CFO

Kevin L. Schewe, MD, Chairman, CEO and CFO

Kevin L. Schewe, MD was appointed to the VIASPACE Board of Directors on January 19, 2012. Dr. Schewe is a Board-Certified Radiation Oncologist and a Fellow of the American College of Radiation Oncology. Dr. Schewe has devoted his 30-year medical career and practice in the fight against cancer. He currently serves as Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at the Red Rocks Medical Center in Golden, Colorado (http://radiationoncologyatredrocks.com/). The Red Rocks Radiation Oncology Center was created by Dr. Schewe and is beautifully and warmly designed to feel more like a comfortable home for cancer patients rather than a traditional medical facility. Dr. Schewe serves as Chairman of National Cancer Survivors Day at the Red Rocks Center the first Sunday of every June and that event has become a highly-anticipated and joyful tradition in Jefferson County. He has been named to "5280 Top Docs" multiple years and is known as a strong advocate of the personalized treatment approach for each cancer patient entrusted to his care.
Dr. Schewe has also developed a premium line of skin care and cosmetic products that help to naturally heal, protect, repair and subsequently maintain not only the damaged skin of cancer patients, but also individuals who have experienced skin damage resulting from aging, dryness, UV exposure, other illnesses, and environmental pollution. These products are manufactured and sold by Dr. Schewe's company Elite Therapeutics (http://www.elitetherapeutics.com/).

Dr. Carl Kukkonen: CEO, Co-Founder

Dr. Carl Kukkonen: CTO, Co-Founder

Dr. Carl Kukkonen is Founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Dr. Kukkonen is responsible for the technology of Giant King Grass agriculture, and utilization including direct combustion power plants, anaerobic digestion facilities to produce biogas and animal feed. Dr. Kukkonen leads the technical aspects of business development including feasibility studies, business plans and financial models for customers.

Prior to founding VIASPACE Dr. Kukkonen was a Caltech employee, serving as Director of the Center for Space Microelectronics Technology (CSMT) and Manager of Supercomputing at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. At JPL from 1984 to 1998 he also managed the SBIR program together with his other duties. Dr. Kukkonen established and grew the CSMT into a 250-person operation with a $70M annual budget.

From 1977 to 1984 Dr. Kukkonen worked for the Ford Motor Company as Ford's leading expert on hydrogen as an alternative automotive fuel. As a Principal Research Engineer, he also led a team that developed Ford's first turbocharged intercooled direct injection diesel engine. Dr. Kukkonen received a BS in physics from the University of California at Davis. He earned a MS and Ph.D. in physics from Cornell University and was a post-doctoral fellow at Purdue. In 1992 Dr. Kukkonen was awarded the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal.