Phil Berger – Solar Project Developer

A St. Louis native with BS/MSEE degrees from Washington University, minoring in philosophy, Phil worked as a radar engineer before joining Washington University Medical School where he designed minicomputers for NIH-sponsored biomedical applications. His first venture, launched in 1976, automated analytical instruments in medical, pharmaceutical and environmental labs in the US and abroad. In 1998, he founded a second company, using NASA grants, to develop miniaturized chemical/gas sensors, resulting in two US patents. He led the management, sales and marketing activities of both firms.

Phil was a counselor at the “Small Business and Technology Development Center” from 2008-2011, helping high-tech startups develop business plans and obtain seed funding. He is currently an advisor to the “Students and Teachers as Research Scientists” summer program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, coaching gifted high school juniors with their written papers and oral presentations. He also volunteers at an inner-city charter school, tutoring in math and science, and is currently developing a new physics course.

He joined StraightUp Solar in 2017 to pursue his interest in photovoltaics and other energy alternatives, and to play a part in addressing climate change.

Phil likes international travel, group singing, duplicate bridge, raising orchids, and building geodesic domes.

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