Meet the Team


Ekotrope Inc. is a Boston, MA-based company that offers unique software solutions for designing energy-efficient buildings to maximize owners’ investments as well as ensuring energy code compliance in today’s changing construction environment.

Founded in 2011, the inspiration for Ekotrope’s optimization engine grew out of MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics Professor Edward F. Crawley’s quest for a way to find the most energy efficient design for a home he was building in 2009. Crawley found there was no way for his architect to easily analyze component tradeoffs to find the best energy and investment combination. The enterprising rocket scientist drew on NASA technology and assembled a select group of industry experts to come up with the Ekotrope solution.

Ziv Rozenblum
Founder and CEO
Cy Kilbourn
Founder and Director of Engineering
Nick Sisler
Nick Sisler
Founder and Lead Engineer

Benjamin DeLillo
Benjamin DeLillo
Founder and Staff Software Engineer
Rob Salcido
Rob Salcido
Customer Success Manager
Brian Cope
Brian Cope
Business Development

Laurie Mooney
Accounting and Finance



Board of Directors:

Prof Edward F Crawley, Founder and Chairman, MIT Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, serial entrepreneur (ACX, Bioscale, Carrot, DataXu), board member Orbital Science Corp.

Ziv Rozenblum, Founder and CEO, MIT Sloan graduate, industry executive (HP, ARCHIBUS) with over 14 years of experience in R&D and business capacities. Experience includes defining, building and heading a multimillion solution for managing buildings and energy systems.

Kenneth Lazarus MIT Ph.D, Board Member, Former CEO of ACX and Lilliputian Systems, GM of Cymer, Inc., founding board member of DataXu, and currently the CEO of Scout.

Kathryn Elmes, PhD, Investment Associate at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. Former Director of Cleantech Open Northeast, and Director of Operations for the Worcester Cleantech Incubator (WCTI).


Board Observer:

Nitzan Shaer, Board Observer, is Managing Partner and Co-founder of High Start Group, a firm focused on helping companies create and launch breakthrough products.  Before High Start Group, Nitzan founded the Mobile Product Group at Skype. Previously, Nitzan successfully managed the development of three global products in the Mobile and Embedded Division at Microsoft. Nitzan also led venture investments as Entrepreneur in Residence at Flybridge Capital Partners and was Chief Operating Officer and Board Member at Mobivox.