Navitas Systems LLC, a leader in comprehensive energy storage solutions, was formed in 2011 with the merger of MicroSun Innovative Energy Storage Solutions and MicroSun Electronics, and the acquisition of lithium battery company A123 Systems’ Government Solutions Group, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 2019, East Penn Manufacturing– one of the world’s leading battery manufacturers—acquired majority interest in Navitas Systems.
Today, we engage in the research, design, development, and manufacture of advanced lithium cells and energy storage products and systems for both commercial customers and U.S. Government/military customers.
We produce both small and large format lithium batteries for a range of high power and high energy applications; battery management systems with custom hardware/firmware and communications; chargers and inverters; and power management systems. We offer customized packaging, including ruggedization to military or transportation standards; thermal management systems for extreme hot and cold conditions; and industry standards compliance. Navitas Systems has a full range of energy storage core competencies from advanced chemistries, electronics design, software development, printed circuit boards, mechanical packaging, system integration, cell and battery pack manufacturing, and test and evaluation.
Navitas Systems has both a 48,000 square foot R&D, Engineering, & Manufacturing Center, as well as a new 100,000 square-feet lithium battery pack Manufacturing Center. From advanced R&D, safe/high energy cell design, in-house battery testing, to sophisticated battery pack assembly, Navitas Systems is a premier source for comprehensive energy and power electronics solutions.
We sit “on the same side of the table” as our customer. By not having an agenda to “push” a particular chemistry, we work collaboratively and together iterate on what’s the best solution. With that comes mutual trust, and the outcome is the best solution, time after time.
Leverage the brainpower of the R&D scientists and battery engineers gained from our acquisition of the A123 Systems Government group—and combine that with our long-established relationships with that subset of best battery cell providers in the world—to create compelling, cost-effective, and highly differentiated solutions for our customers.
Because our company’s focus is on tough energy challenges, naturally our customers have an acute urgency. Our organization is architected to identify, design, and deliver the highest quality solution in the minimum amount of time, fulfilling our upfront commitments. The trust we’ve earned speeds commerce, and both our customers and our company win as a result.
Invest in the infrastructure which ensures we’re designing, making, and testing our products for maximum performance, life, and safety. Earn a suitable return on our investments through fair-for-all pricing, enabling us to reinvest in the business and be there for our customers for the long-term.
I’d like to introduce you to one of the finest management teams in the industry. Through internal growth, strategic acquisitions and targeted recruiting, we’ve assembled a group of executives second to none in their knowledge of the energy storage and power electronics industries. All told, our management team alone approaches almost 200 years of collective experience in these two industries. People who have been “around the block”, know the fastest path to solutions, and have their own trusted networks of relationships. We look forward to adding you the visitor to this network of trust.
Alan ElShafei is the CEO and Founder of Navitas, and leads the company’s innovation efforts, growth strategy, and building customer intimacy. He has over 30 years’ experience and leadership in the battery systems and power electronics industries. Prior to Navitas Systems, he was the CEO/Founder of MicroSun Technologies and Electronics. His previous executive roles include Executive VP of Lexstar Technologies and Executive VP of Tyco Electronics. He was awarded Entrepreneur of Year and inducted into the Chicago Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame in 2007. Alan holds a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois Chicago, and an MBA from Benedictine University.
As COO at Navitas, John Sapp is responsible for Manufacturing, Quality, Purchasing, Engineering, Program Management and Field Service.
In this role John brings 10 years of cell-module-pack engineering / manufacturing / program / project / product management experience in lithium ion batteries as an executive at A123 Systems. During his tenure at A123, he helped developed the automotive division from a 12 person “start-up” into a global $500M operation making tens of millions of battery cells and hundreds of thousands of battery packs in facilities around the world supplying product to virtually all the major automotive OEM’s. John’s leadership roles include Operations, Engineering, Program Management, Supplier Quality and Business Development along with spending several years in China as the President of the China Division responsible for over 1,000 employees in 1M sq ft of facilities spread across 5 buildings in 2 different cities.
In addition to his A123 experience, John has 20 years of Tier 1 automotive new product development management experience from TRW in vehicle stability control and anti-lock brake systems. At TRW he was part of many industry firsts such as initial launch in the late 1980’s of Rear Wheel Anti-Lock brakes on all pickup trucks and SUV’s, the initial launch of standard 4WABS on all SUV’s, vans and Class 6-7-8 trucks in the 1990’s, entire brake systems integration on light duty trucks / SUV’s / vans in the late 1990’s and finally the introduction of Stability Control Systems on all vehicles in the 2000’s.
John has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering as well as a Masters of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a specialty in Systems Design / Optimization, both from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Thomas Golab is responsible for the financial statements, new business ventures, and legal review. Prior to Navitas, Tom was the Vice President of Business Development for MicroSun Technologies. He has also held the following positions: CFO of U-Store-It Group LLC (2003-2005); CFO of Lexstar Technologies Inc. (1992-2003); Corporate Controller of RTO Inc. (1989-1991); and Audit Manager of KPMG Peat Marwick (1984-1989). Tom holds a CPA and has a BS in Accounting from Purdue University.
Mil Ovan brings over 30 years of experience focused on bringing discontinuous world-changing new technologies to global marketplaces. He has built and run start-up companies and has created new divisions at Fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining Navitas at its founding, Mil was the Principal of Nova Associates, providing marketing and business development consulting to renewable energy and advanced material companies. Prior to Nova Associates, he previously served as SVP/ co-founder of Firefly Energy, a $50M start-up company which developed a next generation battery technology originally incubated at Caterpillar. Prior to Firefly, Mil served as President and Co-founder of Verascape, a $10 million start-up providing voice recognition infrastructure to major enterprises and carriers. Prior to Verascape, he was VP of Marketing & Business Development for a broadband-on-demand company called WarpSpeed Communications, a $30 million Bay Area start-up funded by AT&T, 3COM, and New Enterprise Associates. Before WarpSpeed, Mil spent 12 years at Motorola, at the forefront in the creation and/or advancement of new communications categories such as Cellular Systems, Wireless LANs and Wireless PDAs. Just prior to leaving Motorola, he was co-founder and executive director of the Wireless Broadband Systems division. Mil received an MBA in Marketing from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business from Elmhurst College.
Les Alexander brings operations, government contracting, and financial and marketing experience to Navitas Systems. Prior to Navitas, he was the General Manager of A123 Systems’ Government Solutions Group. He has held Executive positions in Finance and Accounting, Operations and Procurement, with over twenty years of domestic and international business experience and a successful history of process development and management. Les is a retired Commander, and a U.S. Naval Logistics Officer who served in the Persian Gulf War. He has been assigned to lead large projects for multiple naval ships and bases. Les earned a B.A. in Economics (Finance / Management) and M.S. in Management (Government Contracting).
Samer ElShafei is responsible for business development, growth, profitability, and customer service for the Commercial & Industrial Division. Prior to Navitas, Samer was the co-founder and business development manager for MicroSun IESS, and has held various positions at MicroSun Technologies and MicroSun Asia. He is a member of the Electric Vehicle Charging Industry/National Lab Advisory Board and is on the H-DEV Mentorship Board. Samer holds a BS in International Business from The Ohio State University.
Lorraine Marshall is the Director of Human Resources for Navitas Systems. She has over 2 decades of global and domestic experience in the automotive industry. Lorraine has also spent several years in the tooling industry. She has a master’s degree in Business Administration with a focus in Human Resources and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus in Supply Chain. Lorraine is also a certified Six Sigma Black belt.
Lorraine has spent most of her career involved in continuous improvement activities for the supply chain, manufacturing, and human resources. She has designed processes from the bottom up in areas of manufacturing, cost savings, on time delivery, onboarding, performance management, compensation, and talent development. Lorraine is known as a cultural change agent and will leverage her skills at Navitas to continue the development of the associates, process improvement, and improved employee engagement.
Dr. James Dong directs Navitas Systems research team to develop and scale up novel materials for high-power and high-energy Lithium ion batteries and beyond lithium-ion battery technology. He oversees multiple government agency-funded innovation research programs and teams up with academic, industry and national laboratory partners for technology acceleration by providing state-of-the-art electrode and cell fabrication solutions. Prior to Navitas, James was the Director of the Electrolyte department at Microvast Inc., which is a leading provider of Electric Vehicle Power Solutions.
James has more than 11 years’ experiences in material development and manufacture for lithium ion battery applications. He is a co-inventor of 21 patent applications including 10 issued patents and has authored 27 peer-reviewed journal papers. He holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Georgia Institute of Technology, followed by postdoctoral experience in the energy storage group at Argonne National Laboratory.
Chris Silkowski manages the Development arm of the Navitas ASG R&D group, and leads conceptualization, design, analysis, development, validation testing, production and delivery of Navitas’ custom lithium-ion cell products. The Development Group owns Navitas ASG’s cell engineering, product development, cell assembly shop, formation, cell electrical testing, and abuse testing functions. Chris has 14 years’ experience in the lithium-ion battery field. Prior to Navitas, he was a Scientist at T/J Technologies and Senior Development Scientist in A123 Systems’ Advanced Research and Government Solutions Group (ARGS) and worked on a variety of projects ranging from commercial (Formula 1 racing ERS cell) to military applications (advanced hybrid BB2590 battery, generation 2 lithium-ion 6T vehicle starter battery). Chris holds two degrees in chemistry, a B.S. from Alma College and M.S. from Bowling Green State University.
Craig Allman leads the engineering and customer support for Government, Aerospace, and Defense Division of Navitas System. This division includes Navitas’s custom cell production operations as well as specialized module and pack product development for applications in the civil, defense, aerospace, and motorsport markets. Craig brings over 25 years of engineering leadership experience to Navitas from his prior work at Eaton Corporation in automotive R&D, product engineering, program management, and aerospace engineering management. Prior to joining Navitas, he gained experience in the alternative energy industry by serving as program manager for a solid oxide fuel cell business within Ultra Electronics, formerly known as Adaptive Materials Incorporated, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Craig has a B.S. in Physics from Roberts Wesleyan College, a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and is currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Energy Systems Engineering program at the University of Michigan.
Jonathan Weisberg leads the engineering and customer support for the Commercial & Industrial Division. The division focuses on the design of energy storage systems (ESS) to support the material handling industry, as well as other potential tangential industries. The division is comprised of engineering to develop the ESS, electronics, and software to deliver a full solution to Navitas customers. In addition, the team has field service engineers to support customers on site for installation, training, and troubleshooting. Jonathan has over 30 years’ experience in automotive design, manufacturing, business planning, operations, and service. He draws from his experiences at Ford, Visteon, and ESG Automotive. Johanthan has his BSEE from Kettering University and a MSE in manufacturing systems from the University of Michigan.
Tim Whalen is the Director of Manufacturing of Navitas Systems. He has over 25 years of experience in operations, quality, supply chain and manufacturing engineering primarily in the automotive sector. He has a proven record of culture change and developing personnel to drive change, improve costs and meet customer and business expectations.
At Navitas he is leveraging his experience and skills to drive the manufacturing teams to the next level of performance to meet the needs of the business and ensure high quality, on time delivery and customer satisfaction.
Tim graduated from Michigan Technological University in 1989 with a BSME and has worked regionally and globally throughout his career.