ATI Team

Our team has decades of experience in new venture creation with industry-specific expertise and networks to position your company for success.

Mitch Jacobson

Mitch Jacobson

ATI Director
  • Director of the Austin Technology Incubator at The University of Texas at Austin
  • Lead advisor to all ATI Energy companies since 2009
  • Helped build $2.5B clean tech sector and ecosystem in Central Texas
  • 30 years in technology, including running European and Direct sales for Dell and a $7 billion P&L for Tech Data Corporation as VP of Sales
  • Founder of Eyes of Texas Partners angel investment group in 1999
  • Board member of CleanTX and board member of TFIC
  • Active community service, including advisory board member of the Nature Conservancy, the UT Environmental Science Institute, and EcoRise
  • BSBA in Business and Marketing from University of Florida and MBA studies from the University of South Florida
  • Has a fraternal twin
  • Read our Q&A with Mitch Jacobson


Richard Amato

Richard Amato

ATI Clean Energy
  • Advisor to ATI Clean Energy companies
  • Founded the ATI Clean Energy Incubator in 2001
  • Heads up IC² Institute global energy initiatives, including the World Bank Climate Innovation Center Program in Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, and Vietnam
  • Founder, President and CEO of Venti Energy, a renewable development company dedicated to increasing the supply of clean and reliable energy
  • Current or past board member of CEI, CEA, CEDC, RMC, TXROSE, TXSES, TREIA and the Wind Coalition
  • Speaker at conferences around the world including India, Malaysia, Denmark, Norway, Japan, Italy, and Kazakhstan
  • MBA in Entrepreneurship and Management from UT Austin and BS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M


Lisa McDonald

Dr. Lisa McDonald

ATI Bioscience Portfolio
  • Lead advisor to all medical technology companies
  • Physician entrepreneur and technologist with expertise in the commercialization of medical devices, digital health, telemedicine, and emerging technologies
  • Founder of a consulting company that connects investors with high impact healthcare tech; international scope includes projects in China, India, UAE, Ethiopia, Haiti, Mexico, and Peru
  • Innovation advisor for the Houston Technology Center, a judge for the Rice Business Plan Competition, and judge for the US China Innovation Alliance InnoSTARS competition
  • Past Editorial Board Member, Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine and Past President, Association for Women in Science (UT Austin Chapter)
  • Section Editor and Co-Author of a popular series of medical exam review textbooks and author of peer reviewed work across a range of disciplines
  • MD from Yale University School of Medicine, Master of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) from McCombs, and BS (Chemistry, Dean’s Scholars Honors Program) with High Honors from UT Austin where she was elected Phi Beta Kappa
  • Loves the Papillion dog


Mark Sanders

Dr. Mark Sanders

ATI Transportation/Mobility and Water Portfolios
  • Lead advisor to all ATI Transportation + Mobility companies
  • 20 years working in sustainable infrastructure and cleantech
  • Founder of TurnKey Environmental (acquired in 2003) and T3E (acquired in 2009)
  • Former Applied Research Program Manager at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory focused on technology commercialization
  • Founder of the Rosenfeld Society, a nonprofit organization promoting commercialization of cleantech from research institutions
  • Active community service, including Austin City UP, the Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute, Texas Renewable Energy Industry Alliance, and SPEER
  • PhD in Engineering from UT Austin and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Babson
  • Fan of great design – from T-shirts to the Taj Mahal


Charles Upshaw

Dr. Charles Upshaw

Water RIOT
  • Lead Instigator of Water RIOT program and postdoctoral researcher in the Webber Energy Group
  • Co-Founder of IdeaSmiths LLC, a consulting firm specializing in early stage energy and water technology vetting and techno-economic analysis
  • Named a ‘Forbes 30 Under 30’ in Energy for 2017
  • Co-captain and Project Engineer of UT/TUM’s Solar Decathlon Team (Nexushaus) in 2015
  • BS (’10) , MS (’12), and PhD (’16) in Mechanical Engineering from UT Austin
  • Serious bike commuter, un-serious bike racer; gardener; amateur blacksmith.


Michael Webber

Dr. Michael Webber

ATI Clean Energy Portfolio
  • Leadership support for ATI Clean Energy companies
  • Assistant Director of the UT Energy Institute and Associate Director of the Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy in the Jackson School of Geosciences
  • Fellow of the Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the LBJ School of Public Affairs
  • Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Author of more than 75 scientific articles, columns, books, including a compendium of his commentary titled Changing the Way America Thinks About Energy, published May 2009
  • BA (Plan II Liberal Arts) and BS (Aerospace Engineering), both with High Honors, from UT Austin, M.S. (Mechanical Engineering) and Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering, Minor in Electrical Engineering) from Stanford University, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow from 1995-1998
  • Was the drum major of the Longhorn marching band


Shannon Lundquist

Shannon Lundquist

Office Manager
  • Office Manager of the Austin Technology Incubator since 2005
  • Manager of all administrative functions for ATI
  • 17 years of experience in office management
  • Winner of 2011 University of Texas Outstanding Staff Award
  • Veteran, United States Navy – Hospital Corpsman, Awarded Navy Achievement Medal (with gold star in lieu of second award) for meritorious service during Operation Desert Shield
  • Physical Therapist Assistant for 8 years, in both military and civilian settings, ultimately managing Physical Therapy departments in two medical facilities simultaneously
  • B.S. studies in Healthcare Management from Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • Amateur home renovation DIY’er and woodworking enthusiast