Larry Evans, Strategic Technology Advisor

Larry co-founded Rive and served as the company’s Chief Executive Officer from 2006-2012.

Previously he was the principal founder of Aspen Technology and served as its Chief Executive Officer from 1981 to 2002. During this time the company grew from a start-up to become the leading provider of technical software and solutions to the chemical and refining industries. He led Aspen’s successful initial public offering in 1994.

In addition to his business experience, Larry has a strong technical background. He served as professor of chemical engineering at MIT from 1962 to 1990, where he was well-known for his work in modeling and optimization of industrial processes. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2002. He also served as President of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) in 2007.

Larry holds his BS from the University of Oklahoma and an MS and PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan.

Iacovos Vasalos, Strategic Technology Advisor

As a Strategic Technology Advisor, Iacovos brings to Rive broad expertise in catalytic processes and, in particular, Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) and catalyst evaluation.  His current roles include Professor Researcher Emeritus in CERTH (Center of Research and Technology Hellas) and Chairman of Technology Park of Thessaly.  The scientific accomplishments of Iacovos include over 130 publications in refereed journals, numerous presentations in national and international conferences, invited lectures and seminars.

Iacovos started his career in the Amoco Research Center, where he worked from 1969 to 1979 and continued as a consultant through 1999.  While at the Center, he authored or co-authored 17 U.S. patents.  In 1979, he was elected as Professor to the Chair of Petrochemical Technology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.  He was one of the first researchers involved in the area of biomass for producing fuels and chemicals via catalytic pyrolysis and was actively involved in a series of EU funded projects with emphasis on catalytic reaction engineering and modeling.  In 1985 with other colleagues, he founded the Chemical Process Engineering Research Institute (CPERI ). Over 20+ years, the research center became a nucleus of excellence in applied chemical engineering research and led to the establishment in 2000 of the CERTH.

Professor Vasalos served as national representative in the EU Programme Committee for Industrial Technologies and Energy, as a member of advisory group Energy EU DG Research. He has served for over 10 years as a member of Greece’s National Research Council and of an inter-ministerial committee which drafted the new Greek law for research policy.

Iacovos graduated from the National Technical University of Athens in 1963, holds Master’s and PhD degrees from MIT’s Department of Chemical Engineering, and received an MBA from Northwestern University.


Ed Wolynic, Strategic Technology Advisor

Ed has more than 35 years of experience in managing technology, business development, licensing, and intellectual property for several global Fortune 500 companies. Most recently, Ed served as interim chief technology officer for Honeywell’s Specialty Materials Division.  Previously, he served as chief technology officer and group vice president of strategic technologies at Engelhard Corporation, a leading surface and materials science company, from 2000 until its 2006 acquisition by BASF. As an elected officer of Engelhard, Ed was responsible for the corporation’s overall technology investment and the Ventures/New Business Development group. He also served on the board of the Nippon-Engelhard joint venture.

Before joining Engelhard, Ed was vice president of research and development at International Specialty Products and at UOP, a Honeywell company. He also held positions with Union Carbide and Merck.

Ed serves on the board of directors or advisory boards of several venture-backed companies including Nanostellar, Climax Global Energy, Anellotech, SiGNa Chemistry and The Idea Zoo. Ed also provides consulting and advisory support services to several Fortune 500 corporations and is active with the Garden State Cancer Center Foundation and the Franklin Lakes Environmental Commission.

Ed holds a BS in chemical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and earned a MS and PhD in chemical engineering from Princeton University.


Stephen J. McGovern, FCC Technology Advisor

Steve McGovern advises Rive on technology scale-up, catalyst evaluation and refinery economics. Steve has over 35 years of experience in the refining and petrochemical industries. He is currently a principal of PetroTech Consultants, where he provides consulting services relating to refining technologies and refining economics. He has consulted with numerous refiners to evaluate gasoline and diesel desulfurization technologies, and on FCC operations and environmental issues. Steve has provided technical advice to DARPA and commercial enterprises for the production of biofuels. He is a member of a U.S. NCR committee evaluating the impact of biofuels on the US economy.

Previously, Steve was with Mobil Technology Company, where he was involved in process development and refinery technical support. Steve has 17 patents and many publications. He has lectured, published and consulted on refining technology and environmental issues.

Steve has a BS and MS in chemical engineering from Drexel University and a PhD in chemical engineering from Princeton University.


Marvin Johnson, Scientific Advisor

Marvin directed Rive’s initial experimental program and is currently serving as a Scientific Advisor. His areas of expertise include kinetics and catalysis, reactor design and refining processes.

Marvin had a 46-year career in research at Phillips Petroleum. He finished his career at Phillips as a Research Fellow, the top rung of the technical career ladder. Marvin has also served as a member of the Chemical Engineering faculty at Oklahoma State University, and he still lectures there periodically.

Marvin has more than 250 patents to his name, mostly relating to hydrogenation processes and catalysts. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and was awarded the National Medal of Technology for his work on metals passivation technology.

Marvin has a BS and PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Utah.


Professor David H. Olson, Scientific Advisor

David Olson has had a distinguished industrial research career focused on zeolite structure, chemistry and catalysis.  He is currently a Visiting Scientist in the Department of Chemistry at Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJ.

David had a 33 year career with the Mobil Research & Development Corporation.  He is an inventor on 42 U.S. patents and is the co-author of 55 papers and the Atlas of Zeolite Structure Types, which is a well-known handbook for researchers in the field of zeolites.  David is co-winner of the 2003 Thomas Alva Edison Award, the ACS 2007 Heroes in Chemistry Award and the 2008 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award.

David has a BS from the University of Wisconsin and a PhD in physical chemistry from Iowa State University.


Mike Gonnerman, Consulting CFO

Mike has close to 40 years of business experience.  He spent ten years with Arthur Andersen and has served as the Chief Financial Officer of two public and two private technology companies.  He currently serves as a financial consultant and advisor to early-stage companies, and recently authored Ask Mike, an entrepreneurs’ guide to finance.

Mike received an AB in economics from Dartmouth College and his MBA in accounting from Northwestern University.


Allen Richmond, Consulting Counsel – Intellectual Property

Allen is a patent attorney with 30 years of experience at Phillips Petroleum.  During his career at Phillips, Allen served as Chief Patent Counsel and led the technology licensing business unit.

Allen received his BS and MS electrical engineering and his JD from the University of Arkansas.