Why We Started Elateq

Water is a necessity for all living creatures

Human needs and industrial activities however, are exceeding capacity and driving water scarcity. These unsustainable activities are reducing access to clean water. The shortages, in addition to vast water pollution challenges, transpire the need for changing water use practices and exploring the use of non-conventional water sources such as the reuse of commercial, industrial, and municipal wastewater for non-potable and potable applications. Also, increasingly difficult is to remove certain contaminants and their mixtures from wastewater to meet the regulations for discharge and protect the ecosystems and human health.

The cost and complexity of the current advanced water treatment technologies have made addressing these issues difficult for most municipalities and industries. Elateq offers a cost-effective, cleaner, and greener solution for advanced wastewater treatment removing heavy metals, pathogens, nutrients, and toxic man-made chemicals through an all-in-one approach. Our technology is applicable for municipal and industrial wastewater including metal plating, chemicals manufacturing, pharmaceuticals manufacturing, food & beverage, and agriculture.

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Meet Our Team

Ljiljana Rajic, PhD
Ljiljana Rajic, PhDCo-Founder & CSO
Dr. Rajic has over 10 years of experience in electrochemistry and environmental engineering. She received a B.S. (2007) and Ph.D. degree (2010) in Chemistry from the University of Novi Sad (Serbia).

She worked on various projects involving electrochemically-based technologies for water, soil, and solid waste treatment, and has over 50 publications in highly-ranked international scientific journals and books. During 5 years at the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Northeastern University, Dr. Rajic co-led Green Water Remediation Project, primarily as a postdoctoral associate and, later, as a senior research scientist.

Currently, Dr. Rajic also serves as Chief Science Officer at Pioneer Valley Coral & Natural Science Institute (PVCNSI) and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.

Roderick Anderson, MA
Roderick Anderson, MACo-Founder & CEO
Roderick Anderson, MA, is also a President of Aa href=”https://pvcnsi.org/”>PVCNSI, where he offers the planning and diagnostic skills of a social worker together with the analytics and stratagems learned while he was in the military.

Roderick forwent completing his PhD at UMass Amherst in the Department of Anthropology, in order to launch Pioneer Valley Coral & Natural Science Institute. His dissertation research as a socio-cultural anthropologist focuses on Afro-American civic leadership, civil society, social movement theory, critical theory, political economy, and the African Diaspora.

These research interests emerged out of his experiences of attending high school in New Britain, CT.; his time in the U.S. Air Force Reserves (Westover Air Force Base – Sgt. Security Police); ten years as a social worker for the State of Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families; and eleven years of teaching in higher-ed. He utilizes these varied experiences to engage the intersections of institutional and structural power relations of race, gender, and class.

This unique background brings together firsthand knowledge and practical experiences that engage complex issues at the regional and international levels.

Aaron James
Aaron JamesChief Financial Officer
Aaron James is an executive, investor, and advisor with a background in climate tech and clean energy startups. At EnergySage, acquired by Schneider Electric, Aaron led marketplace operations and managed teams responsible for sales, customer support, and the company’s nationwide network of solar installers. As a consultant and advisor, Aaron has helped innovators and entrepreneurs launch and scale new businesses, with a focus on ventures aligned with society and the environment. Aaron holds an MBA, MS, and BS from the University of Michigan and he grew up in Ann Arbor. He tries not to care about the football team in the fall and fails every year.

While studying sustainable enterprise, Aaron worked with the University’s CFO, Provost’s office, and a multi
stakeholder coalition to advance the institution’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

Linda Rauch, MS
Linda Rauch, MSChief Technology Officer
Linda joined Elateq as the result of a strategic partnership with Next Rung Technology in May of 2021. She has 25+ years of project and process experience across many different sectors including Renewable Energy, Biotechnology, Plant Engineering (Pharmaceutical and Industrial), Wastewater, Product Design, and Process Engineering.

From creating process flow diagrams and equipment lists for pilot plants to techno-economic models for novel sustainable technology, Linda uses her variety of experience to help growing sustainable technology companies.

She received her MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of New Hampshire.

Aidan Barry, MFAI
Aidan Barry, MFAIChief Development Officer
Aidan is a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He finished in 2019 with a dual degree in Economics and Finance, and a minor in the Russian language. In 2020, he completed a Master of Finance in Alternative Investments, again at UMass in the Isenberg School of Management. Upon completion of his master’s degree, Aidan was waived for completion of the CAIA I (Charted Alternative Investment Analyst) exam. He will sit for CAIA II and his charter membership in the Spring of 2021.

Aidan’s academic experience is specialized in hedge funds, private equity and venture capital, financial derivatives, real assets and real estate, and sustainable finance. Over his college career, Aidan interned in a number of different areas, including a business brokerage office, a private equity firm, a wealth management firm, and with the Irish Consulate General in Boston. In completion of his economics degree, Aidan participated in systemic corruption research and the creation of corruption measurement variables.

Further, his master’s research included the creation of data vendor alternatives in cooperation with quantitative trading hedge funds over the course of the 2020 school year. Aidan began working for Elateq as a business development intern in the Winter of 2020.

Nicholas R. DiCaprio, BA
Nicholas R. DiCaprio, BAElectrical Engineer
Nicholas is an electrical engineering consultant with expertise in the design, development, and production of industrial and military electronic systems.

He worked on various projects including design and production of microprocessor-based ultrasonic sensors for non-contact detection, fluid level measurements, collision/obstacle avoidance for automotive applications, bulk level monitoring, and doppler motion detection.



As a senior design engineer for military sonar systems, Nicholas has been developing high-power sonar transmitters for submarine acoustic countermeasures, an autonomous lobster robot, long-range sonar towed array receivers, mine detectors, and Navy R&D sonar projectors.

To Elateq, his experience brings practical hands-on electrical engineering knowledge of the development and production of electronic systems. Nicholas is a graduate of Northeastern University and a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Our Advisors

Mila Sherman, PhD
Mila Sherman, PhDAdvisory Board
Prof. of Finance, Isenberg School of Management UMass Amherst
Aaron Desatnik
Aaron DesatnikAdvisory Board
Director, Marketplace, Strategy & Project Management Lead at Indigo
Chad Vecitis, PhD
Chad Vecitis, PhDTechnical Advisor
CTO/Co-Founder
Nth Cycle
Andrew Bellak
Andrew BellakAdvisory Board
Founder & CEO
Stakeholders Capital
John Ellersick
John EllersickAdvisory Board
Founder & President
Next Rung Technology
Jessica Pratt
Jessica PrattTechnical Advisor
Senior Tech Manager Arrowstreet Capital CEO/Founder of Addonite
Ladd Greeno
Ladd GreenoAdvisory Board
Former COO
Arthur D. Little, Inc.
Daryl Jackson
Daryl JacksonDevelopment Advisor
Owner Operator Chick-fil-A
Nick Tooker, PhD, P.E.
Nick Tooker, PhD, P.E.Technical Advisor
Prof. of Practice Dept.
Civil and Environ. Eng.
UMass Amherst