MEMC Electronic Materials Inc. appointed Shihab Kuran, Ph.D. as president, SunEdison Advanced Solutions.
Heading this new group within the company’s solar energy business unit, Kuran will be responsible for energy solutions and markets that incorporate advanced grid management products and technologies. He will report to Ahmad Chatila, MEMC president and CEO.
“Shihab’s successful track record of pioneering advanced renewable solutions and his experience developing marquee solar and smart grid projects make him the ideal person to lead SunEdison’s Advanced Solutions,” said Ahmad Chatila. “With Shihab on board, SunEdison is well positioned to further accelerate its market expansion in existing and new market sectors, and will be able to offer customers increased access to technologically differentiated, reliable and cost-effective solutions.”
Kuran has deep experience in the technology and cleantech industries. Most recently, he was founder, president and CEO of Petra Solar, a company that combines solar energy generation with smart grid technology.
Under his leadership, Petra Solar launched a solar electric project in 2009; 40 MW with Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G) of New Jersey. In 2012, he led the company in installing panels on 20,000 rooftops in Jordan; in 2012 he also led the company in launching a smart city project in Bahrain.
He currently serves as a board member of the New Jersey Technology Council and on the advisory board at The Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship at Fairleigh Dickinson University, as well as the External Advisory Board for Rutgers Innovation Park. He also serves on the Advisory Boards of the Edison Innovation Foundation and the Charles Edison Fund.
Kuran holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the City University of New York and an executive management degree from Harvard Business School. He is an inventor and has published over 40 papers.