Dr. Pradeep Haldar: Summary

 

Pradeep Haldar (born in 1962) is an entrepreneur, technologist and management consultant. He serves as President and Principal of Halovation based in the Tampa/St. Petersburg are in Florida. He served as President and Chief Operating Officer in a consulting role for Dais Corporation. He previously served as vice president of entrepreneurship, innovation and clean energy programs and founding professor at Albany NanoTech (Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering - CNSE) at the State University of New York (SUNY). Dr. Haldar’s activities are centered around start-ups, public-private partnerships; world-class technology development; R&D; education & outreach; as well as entrepreneurship and commercialization of nanotechnology, clean energy and solar PV ecosystems. He has over 30 years of industrial and academic experience in these areas with considerable expertise in building open innovation capabilities, strategic alliances, operations management, business and technology strategy, technology portfolio management, and incubation.

Early life and education

Pradeep Haldar was born in Coimbatore, India to Deepankar and Sulochana Haldar and grew up in Kolkata, India with his older brother Sudeep where he attended Don Bosco Park Circus and graduated in 1979. He was admitted to the Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University) in Varanasi in 1979 when he passed the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE). He graduated from IIT with an undergraduate BTech degree in Metallurgical Engineering in 1984 and completed his Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering and Solid State Chemistry from Northeastern University under the advisement of William C. Giessen in 1988. He earned a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1999 while working at Intermagnetics.

Career and activities

Haldar now provides consulting and advising services to emerging technology company. He was  professor of nanoengineering and nanoeconomics. He was also director of the Energy and Environmental Technology Applications Center. He was founding interim dean of SUNY Poly’s College of Nanoscale Engineering and Technology Innovation at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and chief operating and technical officer of the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (USPVMC) in partnership with SEMATECH. He also served as professor and head of nanoengineering at the University at Albany, SUNY. Prior to that he was director of technology as well as general manager of SuperPower, LLC (a start-up and new spin-out subsidiary of Intermagnetics); as manager of the Technology Development Organization at Intermagnetics General Corporation (now Philips Healthcare); and as senior engineer at Johnson Matthey Electronics (now Honeywell).

He managed iCLEAN, the Clean Energy Incubator at CNSE; the National Science Foundation (NSF) Partnerships for Innovation initiative; served as board member and executive director of New Energy New York Consortium; and is past chair, DOE NREL’s Clean Energy Alliance. He is a board member of USPVMC, Albany Symphony Orchestra and served as board member of the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology and trustee of the Academy of the Holy Names.

He is a senior member of IEEE and an author or co-author of over 250 reviewed technical papers, conference proceedings with several patents issued and pending. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.

Awards

Haldar received the Fulbright Scholar award in 2019 and the Business Review’s Technology Award for Energy/Sustainability in February 2017. He was recognized as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore India and received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India in 2013. He received the President’s excellence in research award at the University at Albany in 2008 and the promising inventor award from the Research Foundation of the State University of New York in 2005. He was also a recipient of the MIKE award from the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce with Albany NanoTech’s executive team. Haldar also received the Business Review’s Forty Under Forty award in 2001.

Personal life

Haldar married Ritu Haldar in 1991 in Asansol, India and they have two daughters, Shefali and Deepali. He currently lives in Albany, New York and is a naturalized U.S. citizen.