Executive Team

  • DAVID PARATORE

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    DAVID PARATORE, President and Chief Executive Officer

    Dave brings to NanoSteel experience in general management, operations and business development from products ranging from superconductor wire to aircraft engines. Prior to NanoSteel, he was president and COO of American Superconductor (AMSC) and held positions of increasing responsibility with United Technologies - Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Engines. Dave’s successes there include achieving profitability for two businesses - high technology electric motors and power electronics - and the creation of a jet engine overhaul business. He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from UMass Amherst and his MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute. Dave is an avid cyclist and hiker.

  • Dr. DANIEL BRANAGAN

    Chief Technical Officer

    Dr. DANIEL BRANAGAN, Chief Technical Officer

    Dr. Daniel Branagan is NanoSteel’s founder and Chief Technical Officer.  He has been a pioneering leader in developing new materials for over 25 years with a focus on the commercialization of paradigm changing and disruptive nanotechnology.  Dr. Branagan has won numerous awards for his achievements, most recently SAE’s Sydney H. Melbourne Award for “excellence in the advancement of automotive sheet steel”.  He has also been recognized by both Forbes and MIT as an ‘important innovator of our time’.  Dr. Branagan earned his Ph.D. in metallurgy from Iowa State University.

  • RHONDA LANDERS

    Chief Financial Officer

    RHONDA LANDERS, Chief Financial Officer

    Rhonda leads NanoSteel’s financial vision and strategic implementation. She comes to us most recently from Transas, a global marine communications technology company. Through similar high-tech CFO positions at companies such as Globe Wireless, Seawave LCC and Instrumentation Laboratory she has demonstrated leadership in fund raising, due diligence, acquisitions and shareholder exits. Ms. Landers began her career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers and holds a BA from Babson College and an MBA from Instituto de Estudios Superiores de la Empresa in Spain.

  • CRAIG PARSONS

    President Automotive

    CRAIG PARSONS, President Automotive

    Craig leads NanoSteel’s entry into the automotive market, as an expert in automotive parts production, supply chain solutions, and new product development. Craig has been recognized for bringing leading lightweighting technologies such as laser welded blanks and tubes, roll-forming and hot-stamping to the automotive OEMs. Prior to joining us, Craig was vice president of sales and business development for Gestamp North America. He received his BS from Eastern Michigan University,  Master’s in supply chain management from Michigan State University and MBA from the University of Detroit. Outside the office, Craig can often be found cheering his kids on at their extracurricular activities.

  • DR. HARALD LEMKE

    Vice President, General Manager - Engineered Powders

    DR. HARALD LEMKE, Vice President, General Manager - Engineered Powders

    Harald leads the vision and growth for NanoSteel’s additive manufacturing business unit. He is an experienced leader in growing advanced materials businesses, including metals, ceramics, plastics and composites, into industrial markets such as oil & gas, energy, and automotive. Prior to joining us, Harald was global vice president materials marketing at Sulzer-Metco. During his time with Kennametal, he held positions of COO & GM of a subsidiary and new business development manager. Harald received his Ph.D. in technical chemistry from RWTH Aachen University in Germany and an MBA from Rice University. He is often found with his son seeking for the perfect LEGO.

  • ALISSA PETERSON

    Vice President of Product Marketing & Planning

    ALISSA PETERSON, Vice President of Product Marketing & Planning

    Alissa leads NanoSteel’s product marketing and strategy, assesses new product opportunities, develops our written and visual content and directs multi-channel distribution. She comes to us most recently from Primus Power, a grid-scale energy storage technology start-up. Prior to that, Alissa was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company, where she served clients on cleantech growth strategy & sustainability topics. She has a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and a BSE from Duke University. When not at NanoSteel, Alissa can often be found covered in plaster dust from renovating her 1830s colonial, or traveling to an obscure foreign destination.