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Robert Shaw Jr.

BEP '64, MSEE '64

Aretê Corporation (Center Harbor, NH)


Robert W. Shaw, Jr. is president of Aretê Corporation, which served as manager of the Micro-Generation Technology Fund, LLC, a venture capital fund investing in small-scale energy systems, from 1997-2007. In mid-2007 he was asked by Sumitomo Corporation to manage SC Green Tech Ventures, LLC, a new fund focused on alternative energy. He was founder and president of Aretê Ventures, Inc., from 1983 to 1997, and served as the managing partner of the five Utech Funds from their inception to completion. Shaw also serves on the investment committees of the SAM Private Equity Fund (recently renamed Emerald Technology Ventures) and Commons Capital, as special limited partner of Nth Power Technologies and of Atrium Capital/Honda Ventures, and as an advisor to EarthRise Capital. Prior to forming Aretê, he was a senior vice president and a member of the board of directors of Booz, Allen & Hamilton, where he was a founder of the firm's energy division. Earlier in his career, Shaw conducted materials and electronics research at Bell Laboratories and at the Cavendish Laboratory in the U.K.


Shaw received an M.P.A. in Organization Design and Development from American University and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University, as well as MSEE and BEP degrees from Cornell University.

Board Affiliations

Shaw has served on numerous corporate boards during his venture capital career; he served as chairman and a director of Distributed Energy Systems Corp. (DESC) from its inception in 1996 to 2007, as well as chairman and director of Evergreen Solar, Inc. (ESLR) from its inception in 1994 through 2005. Currently he is a director of H2Gen Innovations, Inc., and a Board observer at ActaCell, Inc., Angstrom Power, Inc., Bandgap Engineering, Inc,, and Lilliputian Systems, Inc. Shaw is a member of the DoE's Hydrogen Technology Advisory Committee, and has also served on the Board on Energy and Environmental Systems of the National Research Council.