TJSL Alumna Helps Her Company Win a Major Federal Grant

Published: July 10, 2012 share

Thomas Jefferson School of Law alumna Aryana Apellz ‘11 recently managed a grant application, and coordinated the team efforts  of U.S. and European experts, that has resulted in a $25-million grant award to her company Soitec Solar  by the Department of Energy (DOE) under its SUNPATH Program.


Soitec is an international solar energy producer of semiconductor materials for the electronics and energy industries, and the grant will go to support the company’s new solar manufacturing facility in San Diego. SUNPATH, which stands for Scaling Up Nascent PV At Home, is a DOE program that “seeks to increase America’s manufacturing competitiveness in the global solar market,” according to Soitec.


While at TJSL, Apellz was the president of the Intellectual Property Law Association and organized several events for IPLA. She was also part of TJSL’s IP Fellowship program.


"The analysis and writing skills that were taught to me in law school helped me in securing the $25 Million SUNPATH grant award from the Department of Energy (DOE) for Soitec’s new factory in San Diego,” Apellz said. “None of this would have been possible without the teachings of the talented staff at Thomas Jefferson School of Law."


According to Soitec’s news release, “The $25 million award will complement more than $115 million of private investment to accelerate construction of the company's first large-scale concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) module plant in San Diego, California. The modules from the plant will supply more than 300 megawatts (MW) of electricity to California consumers through agreements with San Diego Gas and Electric as well as other.”


Apellz, a business analyst, has expertise in developing and executing international and corporate planning initiatives to manage new projects and product opportunities in wireless and satellite communications, mobile network operators, aerospace, software and Cleantech solar projects. She has demonstrated success in creation of strategic alliances, joint ventures, developing and growing markets, positioning solutions selling, pricing, strategy, distribution, planning to increase shareholder value.


Originally from Tettnang, Germany, Apellz has been in San Diego since 2003 and is in the process of becoming a U.S. citizen. Apellz is fluent in German and French, and has studied Mandarin. She holds an executive M.B.A. from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, a J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and a B.S. from Babson College.