School of Engineering
Kevin R. Stewart, is an entrepreneur with more than 30 years experience in the development of new technologies, building teams and delivering new solutions to the marketplace.
He is currently an Adjunct Professor in the schools of Science and Engineering at RPI, where he teaches a course titled “Business Issues for Engineers and Scientists”.
After receiving a BA in Chemistry from WVU, Randy began his career as a chemist with the Eastman Kodak, synthesizing photo chemicals for new and existing Kodak products. Two years of industrial chemistry sent Randy off to graduate school where he earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from NCSU, while publishing on topics related to structure and bonding in organometallic chemistry. Dr. Stewart then traveled to Harvard University as a National Institutes of Health Fellow and expanded his studies on solid materials to include the chemistry and physics of surfaces. He joined GE Corporate R&D, first as a member of a technology team, and then given greater responsibilities building new exploratory research efforts. When GE exited defense industries in 1993, Randy acquired a technology for optical data transfer that was being developed by GE for aerospace applications, and with continued support from the U.S. DOD, he formed MOEC (Molecular OptoElectronics Corp.). Under his guidance, MOEC became an international supplier of fiber optic components to the telecom industry, providing awarding winning products for optical power control in fiber optic network systems. In 2003, with the collapse of the telecom industrial sector, Randy lead the wind down of MOEC; selling the assets to other companies.
In 2017, Dr. Stewart organized the restructuring of Prism Solar Technologies followed by a merger with Genie Energy Ltd., (NYSE:GNE), where he is currently CEO of Plus EnerG Inc., an energy systems designer, which owns Prism Solar Technologies, Inc.
Dr. Stewart has been awarded 25 patents and has authored 26 peer review technical publications. He has served on numerous committees for the National Science Foundation and the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority. He was a member of the NSF Panel creating the Advanced Materials and Processing Program (AMPP), and served on the external advisory group for the Consortium for Lightforce Dynamics in the Department of Physics at Harvard University.