Maurice Gunderson is a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, corporate director, engineer, and a lifelong aviator. He is Managing Director of AutoTech Ventures and advisor to Starburst Ventures. Previously he was a founder of Nth Power, one of the first energy venture capital firms. Prior to his VC career, Mr. Gunderson spent more than twenty years developing energy products and launched five successful companies.
Mr. Gunderson has served on boards of many VC-funded energy and technology companies. He was the lead investor in NuScale Power, a developer of modular nuclear power plants. His present boards include Gentherm, Inc. (NASDAQ:THRM). He is a member of the advisory board of the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI). He serves on the Contra Costa County Aviation Advisory Committee and is President of the Mt. Diablo Pilots’ Association. He is member of the board and CFO of Herd It Through the Grapevine Herding Dog Rescue (hittgv.org) and a mission pilot for Pilots-n-Paws rescue animal transport (pilotsnpaws.org).
Mr. Gunderson holds an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and a BA (Mechanical Engineering) and an MS (Thermodynamics), both from Oregon State University. He is a National Association of Corporate Directors Board Leadership Fellow, a Registered Professional Engineer, and a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.