At Eden, we bring a diversity of professional and lived experiences that fuels our mission to innovate equitable and sustainable energy solutions. Our team encompasses leading innovators in energy technologies from the MIT Earth Resources Laboratory, and professionals with previous skillsets developed in the petroleum industry. We believe our company will act as a bridge to the renewable geothermal energy industry for years to come, as climate changes displaces more workers from the petroleum industry and the decarbonization movement continues to grow in strength. We are building Eden now to be a safe, equitable, and diverse company developing cutting edge renewable geothermal technologies for the future of our planet.

Paris Smalls

Co-Founder | Chief Executive Officer

Paris earned his B.S. from the University of South Carolina and is currently a 6th-year graduate student in the MIT/WHOI Joint Program (expected June 22’). He is a member of the Einstein Rock Mechanics Group at MIT, where is research is focused on conducting laboratory experiments to study the effects of high-voltage electricity on decreasing rock strength for applications in Enhanced Geothermal Systems and Unconventional reservoirs. He co-founded Eden GeoTech in 2017, and leads the development of the company’s core electrical stimulation technology and Go-to-market strategy. His awards and accomplishments includes the NSF GRFP, NSF I-CORPS – Entrepreneurial lead, Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Young Millionaires” 2020 edition, EY – Entrepreneur Access Network 2021, and Forbes 30 Under 30 – Energy Honoree 2021. He has given talks at Babson and Brandeis Universities, and numerous local high schools in the Boston area, about the role of renewable geothermal energy in meeting U.N. 2050 decarbonization goals.

Ammar Alali

Co-Founder | President

Ammar is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate in Geophysics and has a B.S. from the University of Houston. He has 10+ years of experience working in the energy sector for Saudi Aramco and Virgin Hyperloop. He co-founded Eden GeoTech in 2017 and leads international expansion from the U.S. to the Middle East (Oman, and Saudi Arabia). He plays a critical role in promoting clean energy policies in the U.S. and MENA region and served as an advisory member in the NSF Convergence program, MiSk OSGEY forum, UN SDG program, and member of the Saudi 2030 Leaders team. His awards and accomplishments include the MiSK Science Fellowship, Leslie & Alan Wong Award, Marathon & Halliburton Award, and MIT Solve Technical Committee. He has also participated in numerous management professional programs, including the Jada – Emerging Manager Program, with Stanford Business School professor Robert Siegel. He is a co-author of more than 10 journal and conference publications and multiple USPTO patent applications.

Mehrdad Mehrvand, PhD

Chief Technology Officer

Mehrdad is the lead for R&D and technology development efforts at Eden GeoTech. He has been the principal investigator for Phases I and II of a National Science Foundation funded SBIR project for electrical stimulation and production enhancement of energy reservoirs since 2018. He was also the technical lead for NSF I-CORPS (2019) and NSF reviewer for SBIR projects (2020). Before joining Eden, he worked at the Interfacial Transport Lab, where he developed a high-resolution optical technique for thermal characterization of high heat flux systems. He has over 10 years of experience in the design, modeling, fabrication, and the integration of mechanical, thermal, and electrical systems. His previous entrepreneurial experience is related to innovative water/waste purification systems. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida. He is a member of theAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers and has patents and publications in journals including Nature Physics.

Marybeth Lundquist

Chief Operating Officer | Geoscientist

Marybeth has worked in the oil and gas industry at ExxonMobil for 6 years as a production and development geoscientist. She specializes in well planning/optimization, risk and uncertainty management, subsurface characterization, quantitative geophysics, opportunity generation, and reservoir monitoring. In her previous roles she supported producing offshore Gulf of Mexico oil fields and the Liza, Guyana Development. She has experience processing seismic data, including borehole, surface, streamer, and ocean bottom node surveys. As a production geoscientist, she analyzed production data and well tests, assessed reserves, and planned infill wells. As a development geoscientist she optimized and planned geo-steering operations for 40+ wells in the Liza Field. She joined Eden GeoTech in 2021, where she is working as the principal exploration geoscientist for geothermal development, supporting reservoir modeling efforts, and planning field operations for the company’s reservoir stimulation projects.

Chunfang Meng, PhD

Senior Geoscientist

Chunfang received his bachelor’s degree from Xi’an Jiaotong University, China, in nuclear engineering. He received his master’s degree from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, in applied mathematics. He received his Ph.D from Delft University in geology. He came to the United States, working as a postdoc at Stanford University for two years. He Joined Shell company for two years as a reservoir engineer. He joined MIT as a research scientist for six years before joining Eden GeoTech. Chunfang’s research covers fracture mechanics, reservoir flow and poroelastics, fault/seismic dynamics, and high performance computing. Chunfang worked on several projects sponsored by the Department of Energy, National Science Foundation (NSF), and many other institutes. At Eden, he works on an NSF project to investigate electric current induced fracturing.

Nermeen Saadoun

Intern

Nermeen earned her B.S. from the University of Wyoming in Petroleum Engineering. She joined Eden GeoTech in early 2021 where she is working as a Research and Development Engineer. In this role, she performs reservoir simulation and fracture optimization of electro-fracturing technology in hydrocarbon and geothermal reservoirs which pertains to developing field technology and performance evaluation. She is also part of the team responsible for setting up, operation, data collection, and analysis of electro-fracturing experiments conducted in the laboratory. Before joining Eden, she worked with Khalda Petroleum Company in Egypt as a Field Engineer where she had hands-on experience of drilling equipment operation and drilling parameters optimization. She was also a research assistant at the University of Wyoming working on the analysis of pressure-volume-temperature (PVT) parameters of oil reservoirs. Nermeen is one of the recipients of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) competitive award which fully funded her undergraduate education.

Paris Smalls

Co-Founder | Chief Executive Officer

Paris earned his B.S. from the University of South Carolina and is currently a 6th-year graduate student in the MIT/WHOI Joint Program (expected June 22’). He is a member of the Einstein Rock Mechanics Group at MIT, where is research is focused on conducting laboratory experiments to study the effects of high-voltage electricity on decreasing rock strength for applications in Enhanced Geothermal Systems and Unconventional reservoirs. He co-founded Eden GeoTech in 2017, and leads the development of the company’s core electrical stimulation technology and Go-to-market strategy. His awards and accomplishments includes the NSF GRFP, NSF I-CORPS – Entrepreneurial lead, Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Young Millionaires” 2020 edition, EY – Entrepreneur Access Network 2021, and Forbes 30 Under 30 – Energy Honoree 2021. He has given talks at Babson and Brandeis Universities, and numerous local high schools in the Boston area, about the role of renewable geothermal energy in meeting U.N. 2050 decarbonization goals.

Ammar Alali

Co-Founder | President

Ammar is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate in Geophysics and has a B.S. from the University of Houston. He has 10+ years of experience working in the energy sector for Saudi Aramco and Virgin Hyperloop. He co-founded Eden GeoTech in 2017 and leads international expansion from the U.S. to the Middle East (Oman, and Saudi Arabia). He plays a critical role in promoting clean energy policies in the U.S. and MENA region and served as an advisory member in the NSF Convergence program, MiSk OSGEY forum, UN SDG program, and member of the Saudi 2030 Leaders team. His awards and accomplishments include the MiSK Science Fellowship, Leslie & Alan Wong Award, Marathon & Halliburton Award, and MIT Solve Technical Committee. He has also participated in numerous management professional programs, including the Jada – Emerging Manager Program, with Stanford Business School professor Robert Siegel. He is a co-author of more than 10 journal and conference publications and multiple USPTO patent applications.

Mehrdad Mehrvand, PhD

Chief Technology Officer

Mehrdad is the lead for R&D and technology development efforts at Eden GeoTech. He has been the principal investigator for Phases I and II of a National Science Foundation funded SBIR project for electrical stimulation and production enhancement of energy reservoirs since 2018. He was also the technical lead for NSF I-CORPS (2019) and NSF reviewer for SBIR projects (2020). Before joining Eden, he worked at the Interfacial Transport Lab, where he developed a high-resolution optical technique for thermal characterization of high heat flux systems. He has over 10 years of experience in the design, modeling, fabrication, and the integration of mechanical, thermal, and electrical systems. His previous entrepreneurial experience is related to innovative water/waste purification systems. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida. He is a member of theAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers and has patents and publications in journals including Nature Physics.

Marybeth Lundquist

Chief Operating Officer | Geoscientist

Marybeth has worked in the oil and gas industry at ExxonMobil for 6 years as a production and development geoscientist. She specializes in well planning/optimization, risk and uncertainty management, subsurface characterization, quantitative geophysics, opportunity generation, and reservoir monitoring. In her previous roles she supported producing offshore Gulf of Mexico oil fields and the Liza, Guyana Development. She has experience processing seismic data, including borehole, surface, streamer, and ocean bottom node surveys. As a production geoscientist, she analyzed production data and well tests, assessed reserves, and planned infill wells. As a development geoscientist she optimized and planned geo-steering operations for 40+ wells in the Liza Field. She joined Eden GeoTech in 2021, where she is working as the principal exploration geoscientist for geothermal development, supporting reservoir modeling efforts, and planning field operations for the company’s reservoir stimulation projects.

Chunfang Meng, PhD

Senior Geoscientist

Chunfang received his bachelor’s degree from Xi’an Jiaotong University, China, in nuclear engineering. He received his master’s degree from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, in applied mathematics. He received his Ph.D from Delft University in geology. He came to the United States, working as a postdoc at Stanford University for two years. He Joined Shell company for two years as a reservoir engineer. He joined MIT as a research scientist for six years before joining Eden GeoTech. Chunfang’s research covers fracture mechanics, reservoir flow and poroelastics, fault/seismic dynamics, and high performance computing. Chunfang worked on several projects sponsored by the Department of Energy, National Science Foundation (NSF), and many other institutes. At Eden, he works on an NSF project to investigate electric current induced fracturing.

Nermeen Saadoun

Intern

Nermeen earned her B.S. from the University of Wyoming in Petroleum Engineering. She joined Eden GeoTech in early 2021 where she is working as a Research and Development Engineer. In this role, she performs reservoir simulation and fracture optimization of electro-fracturing technology in hydrocarbon and geothermal reservoirs which pertains to developing field technology and performance evaluation. She is also part of the team responsible for setting up, operation, data collection, and analysis of electro-fracturing experiments conducted in the laboratory. Before joining Eden, she worked with Khalda Petroleum Company in Egypt as a Field Engineer where she had hands-on experience of drilling equipment operation and drilling parameters optimization. She was also a research assistant at the University of Wyoming working on the analysis of pressure-volume-temperature (PVT) parameters of oil reservoirs. Nermeen is one of the recipients of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) competitive award which fully funded her undergraduate education.

Our team brings a diversity of experience and energy.

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AMMAR ALALI

Co-Founder | Chief Operating Officer

Ammar is a MIT graduate in Geophysics with 7 years experience in the oil & gas industry for Saudi Aramco, and Virgin Hyperloop One.

MEHRDAD MEHRVAND, PHD

Chief Technology Officer

Mehrdad has 7 years R&D experience in design, fabrication and integration of mechanical, thermal and electrical fields with application. He holds PhD in Mechanical Engineering.

marybeth lundquist

COO | Principle Geoscientist

Marybeth has a background in geophysics from University of South Carolina and 6 years of experience in the oil and gas industry at ExxonMobil. She specializes in well planning/optimization, geophysical applications, and risk and uncertainty management. Her previous work focused on well planning and execution, subsurface characterization, quantitative reservoir interpretation, stratigraphy, resource assessment, opportunity generation, reservoir surveillance, and rock property analysis.

CHUNFANG MENG, PHD

Senior Geoscientist

Chunfang has worked as a research associate and postdoc at MIT’s ERL for the 6 years on a variety of cutting-edge research topics. Before that, he worked at at Stanford University and Shell international.