Steve Shelton

Quest Leadership Alum Entrepreneurial Scientist

Steve Shelton is an entrepreneurial scientist that develops novel energy conversion methods. He started exploring solar energy conversion as an undergraduate at Stanford University before taking a full year to improve his skills as a Fulbright Scholar in the Netherlands. When he returned to the U.S., he completed a doctorate at UC Berkeley to survey the solar energy landscape and build second generation solar cells. Most recently, his experience culminated in the development of a brand new photovoltaic, the polar cell, for sensing and solar energy applications. He founded the startup Ceitta, which operates at Lawrence Berkeley Lab, to bring together a multidisciplinary group of collaborating scientists for this achievement. He uses the technical and interpersonal skills he has developed as a principal investigator to apply creative solutions to emerging technological problems.