Our team has deep expertise in the full
spectrum of industrial design including:

fundamental physics
materials analysis
Failure analysis and reliability

Together, we are committed to
“move the needle” on CO2 emissions.

Rusty Jewett, Ph.D.


Technical manufacturing manager with over 25 years of direct P&L responsibility in VP, CTO, CEO or Board of Director service. Particularly interested in renewable and sustainable energy conversion hardware and systems. More than 15 patents issued or in process.

Rusty began his professional career in the semiconductor industry, first at a research fab and later at Lam Research, (Nasdaq: LRCX), a Fortune 100 company that makes processing equipment. Later, he led several tech start ups to successful exits including Litmas (now part of Advanced Energy, Nasdaq: AEIS) and Sunpower, Inc. (now part of Ametek, NYSE: AME). Sunpower’s Stirling technology is a key part of NASA’s remote power strategy and was the root of much of the early Stirling work at Sencera. He has worked on renewable energy conversion technologies for the past two decades.

Ph.D. Nuclear Engineering, Plasma Physics (University of New Mexico)
B.S. Physics (University of North Carolina)

Steve Pugh

Product Development Manager

Mechanical product development manager with over 30 years of design and manufacturing experience focused on the renewable energy space. Skill set encompasses proficiency in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and stress analysis. His group has produced several commercial products designed for manufacturability, high reliability and cost-effectiveness. 15 patents issued, with 3 in process.

B.S. Engineering (The Citadel)
Graduate school, Engineering Science and Mechanics (Virginia Tech)

Mike Draper

Vice President of Strategic Development

Mike is a 35 yr serial entrepreneur, originally from Boston but now living in San Francisco. He is active in renewable energy in past and current roles as Angel Investor &  Business Development leader in the founding teams of Sencera Energy, Hydro Green Energy, FireFly Energy, Ocean Renewable Power, Gridpoint, Aerofarms and SmartServ.io. Mike’s firsthand experience with Rankine systems in the HVAC Industry motivated him to find alternate solutions that do not use Chlorinated or Fluorinated refrigerants.

B.S.B.A. (Questrom School of Business, Boston University)

Phone: 704.393.1951

Email: info@sencera.com

Sencera Energy, Inc.

3101 Stafford Dr.

Charlotte, NC. 28208