Vice President of Engineering, Idealab
Brad Hines is vice president of engineering at Idealab, a creator of a number of cleantech, Internet and technology startups. Previously, he was founder and CEO of Soliant Energy, a startup that is using concentrating photovoltaic technology to bring the lowest-cost solar energy to commercial rooftops. Prior to Soliant Energy, Brad was vice president of engineering at Energy Innovations, another solar startup, and earlier was at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory for 14 years, where he was a principal engineer and group supervisor leading sizable projects in astronomical optical interferometry. In his last position at JPL, he served as chief architect for the $1 billion Space Interferometry Mission. Brad graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering, and his
career track has trended toward development of systems drawing on multiple engineering disciplines. Outside the office, he has developed a passion for distance running and has competed in 6 marathons. He has lived in the Los Angeles area since 1989 and currently resides in Pasadena.