Tony Pan, PhD, is the co-founder and CEO of Modern Electron, a start-up company based in the Seattle area, whose mission is to generate cheap, modular, and reliable electricity for all.
Tony is a co-inventor of 200+ patents and patent applications, spanning fields such
as energy, nanoelectronics, and medical devices. He is the first author on
five refereed publications. In 2015, Tony was named one of Forbes 30 Under
30 in Science. He also served as a pro bono external consultant to the Global
Health and Global Development programs of the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation, and is a global shaper of the World Economic Forum. In the past,
Tony worked as a strategist at Goldman Sachs, helping navigate the mortgage
meltdown during the ‘08-‘09 financial crisis.
Tony’s PhD is from Harvard, where he held three national fellowships from
the Hertz, Soros, and National Science Foundation. There he explored the
cosmic dawn, the “Let there be light” moment in the nascent universe, when the
very first stars lived and died in spectacular explosions. His alma mater is Stanford.
2016 - Peter Strauss Award
Hertz Fellow Tony Pan is the co-recipient of the 2016 Strauss Award for tremendous work in revolutionizing the electric power generation and effort in finding a solution to an issue that impacts everyone around the globe: energy consumption, with the Seattle based start-up, Modern Electron, which is working towards generating inexpensive, modular, reliable electricity for use worldwide. Tony co-founded Modern Electron with Hertz Fellow Max Mankin, also co-recipient of the 2016 Strauss Award.