About Us

Axiom was started because we fundamentally believe that the last major roadblock to a renewable energy future is not cheaper solar panels or wind turbines or EVs - it's figuring out how to deal with high penetrations of intermittent renewables without destabilizing our energy systems. At this moment in history, we believe that intelligent energy storage is the single most effective tool to drive GHG reductions at a system level.

Axiom Exergy provides active power management services to portfolios of commercial and industrial buildings with large thermal loads. Its cloud-based platform uses predictive analytics and optional thermal energy storage capacity to intelligently "shape" a customer's load profile by modulating refrigeration, cooling, and/or heating systems.

With unique expertise in thermal systems, power grid dynamics, building power management, machine learning, and computational thermal modeling, Axiom provides the first turnkey power management platform that generates meaningful value for customers with large thermal loads. Axiom Exergy also offers fully-financed power management "as-a-service" so that its customers can receive the benefits with no up-front cost.

 

 

Here are a few key members of the team:

Amrit Robbins | CEO, Co-Founder  Amrit and Anthony Diamond co-founded Axiom Exergy in 2014 to commercialize a cost-effective, active power management solution for buildings with large thermal loads. They believe that the last remaining barrier to a renewable energy future is not cheaper solar panels, cheaper wind turbines, or cheaper electric vehicles - instead, it is solving the grid volatility that these new technologies create. They developed the Axiom platform to unlock flexibility in existing thermal systems and manage it intelligently to help mitigate grid volatility (at the building level). As Axiom's CEO, Amrit developed the company's product market-fit, helped build a world-class team, co-led early technology development, sold the first pilots to Amazon/Whole Foods and Walmart, helped develop a sales pipeline of over $30MM with multiple national cold chain companies, and led Axiom Exergy through multiple rounds of fundraising. He was included in Forbes' "30 Under 30" list in 2017.  Prior to Axiom, Amrit worked for three years at Clark Energy Group (CEG), where he co-led the sales, development, and engineering of a $100MM energy efficiency retrofit project for a national supermarket chain. The project included a broad set of energy and water upgrades in 74 supermarkets, but it could not effectively address the single-largest portion of the supermarkets’ energy bills: refrigeration. Amrit ultimately left CEG to solve this painful problem. While at CEG, he also co-led the development of a $13MM energy efficiency project, helped craft the go-to-market strategy for new market verticals, and helped to grow the company's sales pipeline by over $80MM.  Amrit earned his B.S. in Atmosphere/Energy Engineering at Stanford University. He has relevant domain experience in sales, project management, business development, and engineering. He is a Certified Energy Manager (Association of Energy Engineers) and a jazz/reggae/funk/salsa trumpet player.

Amrit Robbins | CEO, Co-Founder

Amrit and Anthony Diamond co-founded Axiom Exergy in 2014 to commercialize a cost-effective, active power management solution for buildings with large thermal loads. They believe that the last remaining barrier to a renewable energy future is not cheaper solar panels, cheaper wind turbines, or cheaper electric vehicles - instead, it is solving the grid volatility that these new technologies create. They developed the Axiom platform to unlock flexibility in existing thermal systems and manage it intelligently to help mitigate grid volatility (at the building level). As Axiom's CEO, Amrit developed the company's product market-fit, helped build a world-class team, co-led early technology development, sold the first pilots to Amazon/Whole Foods and Walmart, helped develop a sales pipeline of over $30MM with multiple national cold chain companies, and led Axiom Exergy through multiple rounds of fundraising. He was included in Forbes' "30 Under 30" list in 2017.

Prior to Axiom, Amrit worked for three years at Clark Energy Group (CEG), where he co-led the sales, development, and engineering of a $100MM energy efficiency retrofit project for a national supermarket chain. The project included a broad set of energy and water upgrades in 74 supermarkets, but it could not effectively address the single-largest portion of the supermarkets’ energy bills: refrigeration. Amrit ultimately left CEG to solve this painful problem. While at CEG, he also co-led the development of a $13MM energy efficiency project, helped craft the go-to-market strategy for new market verticals, and helped to grow the company's sales pipeline by over $80MM.

Amrit earned his B.S. in Atmosphere/Energy Engineering at Stanford University. He has relevant domain experience in sales, project management, business development, and engineering. He is a Certified Energy Manager (Association of Energy Engineers) and a jazz/reggae/funk/salsa trumpet player.

Anthony Diamond | CTO, Co-Founder  Anthony completed his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University. During that time he worked in the Computational Energy Sciences Laboratory where he analyzed large eddy simulation results to improve aircraft turbofan combustion efficiency.  As a Business Technology Analyst at Deloitte Consulting LLP, Anthony co-managed the implementation of enterprise resource planning solutions for national clients.  In 2010, Anthony was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowship in support of his doctoral studies in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley where he pursued research related to the development of novel functional thin film materials for various electronics and energy applications under the guidance of Ramamoorthy Ramesh (Director of the DOE’s SunShot Initiative, 2011-2013). Anthony’s work has been featured in Materials Views and as the cover article for Physica Status Solidi (a). He is also a recipient of a graduate minor degree in Management of Technology from the Haas School of Business and has authored ten patent applications in the field of renewable energy. While completing his Ph.D., Anthony realized that energy storage would rapidly become the bottleneck to a sustainable energy future and shifted his focus from engineering next generation photovoltaics to developing low cost energy storage technologies.  Anthony is a multi-instrumentalist who has been internationally recognized by Downbeat Magazine and the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts. In 2013, Anthony collaborated with Esperanza Spalding as the saxophone soloist on “City of Roses” (Radio Music Society) which won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s). In addition to music, Anthony enjoys tennis and other outdoor sports.

Anthony Diamond | CTO, Co-Founder

Anthony completed his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University. During that time he worked in the Computational Energy Sciences Laboratory where he analyzed large eddy simulation results to improve aircraft turbofan combustion efficiency.

As a Business Technology Analyst at Deloitte Consulting LLP, Anthony co-managed the implementation of enterprise resource planning solutions for national clients.

In 2010, Anthony was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowship in support of his doctoral studies in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley where he pursued research related to the development of novel functional thin film materials for various electronics and energy applications under the guidance of Ramamoorthy Ramesh (Director of the DOE’s SunShot Initiative, 2011-2013). Anthony’s work has been featured in Materials Views and as the cover article for Physica Status Solidi (a). He is also a recipient of a graduate minor degree in Management of Technology from the Haas School of Business and has authored ten patent applications in the field of renewable energy. While completing his Ph.D., Anthony realized that energy storage would rapidly become the bottleneck to a sustainable energy future and shifted his focus from engineering next generation photovoltaics to developing low cost energy storage technologies.

Anthony is a multi-instrumentalist who has been internationally recognized by Downbeat Magazine and the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts. In 2013, Anthony collaborated with Esperanza Spalding as the saxophone soloist on “City of Roses” (Radio Music Society) which won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s). In addition to music, Anthony enjoys tennis and other outdoor sports.

Nikhil Saralkar | VP of Engineering  Nikhil completed a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering with concentrations in thermodynamics and mechatronics at Stanford University. He is experienced in engineering design, analysis, technical management, and project management.  Nikhil began his career as a product development engineer at Gecko Energy Technologies, a startup that developed a fuel cell power platform for consumer devices. He fabricated and tested prototypes and developed a pilot manufacturing process that boosted manufacturing yield from 44% to 99%.  At Stanford, he researched homogeneous charge compression ignition combustion at the Advanced Energy Systems Lab. Additionally, he created a computational model of ammonia dissociation thermochemical energy storage and applied it to analyze the commercialization potential of conceptual energy storage systems.  Nikhil was then awarded a Fulbright-Nehru Research Fellowship in India to research distributed renewable electricity (DRE) solutions in order to improve the lives of the 400 million rural Indians who have little to no access to the grid. He led an initiative to install DRE facilities to support irrigation pumps and community lighting in target villages, and he delivered an analysis to an existing DRE provider that cut service outages by 60% with just a $1 increase in monthly expenses per household.  Upon returning, Nikhil joined Metron Scientific Solutions, where he directed the hardware development of the company’s first unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) from concept to ocean testing in 14 months. To accomplish this, he recruited a 15-member engineering team, established a 10,000 square foot engineering facility, and managed a $2MM budget. He was also instrumental in securing a $19MM UUV contract with the Office of Naval Research.  In addition to engineering, Nikhil enjoys social dancing, cooking, and the outdoors.

Nikhil Saralkar | VP of Engineering

Nikhil completed a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering with concentrations in thermodynamics and mechatronics at Stanford University. He is experienced in engineering design, analysis, technical management, and project management.

Nikhil began his career as a product development engineer at Gecko Energy Technologies, a startup that developed a fuel cell power platform for consumer devices. He fabricated and tested prototypes and developed a pilot manufacturing process that boosted manufacturing yield from 44% to 99%.

At Stanford, he researched homogeneous charge compression ignition combustion at the Advanced Energy Systems Lab. Additionally, he created a computational model of ammonia dissociation thermochemical energy storage and applied it to analyze the commercialization potential of conceptual energy storage systems.

Nikhil was then awarded a Fulbright-Nehru Research Fellowship in India to research distributed renewable electricity (DRE) solutions in order to improve the lives of the 400 million rural Indians who have little to no access to the grid. He led an initiative to install DRE facilities to support irrigation pumps and community lighting in target villages, and he delivered an analysis to an existing DRE provider that cut service outages by 60% with just a $1 increase in monthly expenses per household.

Upon returning, Nikhil joined Metron Scientific Solutions, where he directed the hardware development of the company’s first unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) from concept to ocean testing in 14 months. To accomplish this, he recruited a 15-member engineering team, established a 10,000 square foot engineering facility, and managed a $2MM budget. He was also instrumental in securing a $19MM UUV contract with the Office of Naval Research.

In addition to engineering, Nikhil enjoys social dancing, cooking, and the outdoors.

Robbie Eaton | Director of Controls Development  Robbie Eaton brings extensive expertise in cloud technology and internet-connected peripherals from his years at cloud software startups.ᅠ At Stanford University, he specialized in Control Systems in Electrical Engineering.ᅠ During college he was also an early employee at ᅠY-Combinator-backed cloud computing company Zecter, where he helped the team move from idea to successful acquisition.  Once a member of Motorola Mobility / Google, Robbie joined the internal "H7" special projects team, where he developed "moonshot" prototypes and products with Internet of Things (IoT) applications. There, he created and led the design of a novel hand-gesture recognition IoT device, featuring innovative imaging and illumination technologies.  At cloud storage companies Hightail and Syncplicity, he honed his cloud software experience by developing top-tier mobile apps and back end. In addition to earning his Cloud Security Alliance certification, he led the design and architecture for new Android apps while managing remote contractor teams to accelerate development.  In his free time, Robbie is a rock and jazz guitarist, saxophonist, and auto/moto enthusiast.

Robbie Eaton | Director of Controls Development

Robbie Eaton brings extensive expertise in cloud technology and internet-connected peripherals from his years at cloud software startups.ᅠ At Stanford University, he specialized in Control Systems in Electrical Engineering.ᅠ During college he was also an early employee at ᅠY-Combinator-backed cloud computing company Zecter, where he helped the team move from idea to successful acquisition.

Once a member of Motorola Mobility / Google, Robbie joined the internal "H7" special projects team, where he developed "moonshot" prototypes and products with Internet of Things (IoT) applications. There, he created and led the design of a novel hand-gesture recognition IoT device, featuring innovative imaging and illumination technologies.

At cloud storage companies Hightail and Syncplicity, he honed his cloud software experience by developing top-tier mobile apps and back end. In addition to earning his Cloud Security Alliance certification, he led the design and architecture for new Android apps while managing remote contractor teams to accelerate development.

In his free time, Robbie is a rock and jazz guitarist, saxophonist, and auto/moto enthusiast.

John Lerch | VP of Sales and Marketing  John serves as the VP of Sales and Marketing for and is responsible for growing Axiom Exergy's orders and pipeline by executing contracts and developing related sales materials.  John joins Axiom Exergy with over a decade of experience in the energy sector. He was recently running his own energy consulting practice, which helped small to medium enterprises with business plans, sales and marketing strategies, and collateral creation.  Prior to his own consulting work, John spent 8 years with GE in various sales and marketing roles, including leading a global sales and marketing team for a distributed power generation product. John also worked in marketing GE's Ecomagination branded products, redesigned an online cross business lead sharing platform, and coordinated sales strategies for multiple GE Energy products to enter municipal markets. He is a graduate of GE's Experienced Commercial Leadership Program and has lived in cities all over the US.  John graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Economics and a BS in Conservation & Resource Studies with an emphasis on energy and sustainable development.  In his free time, John likes to hike, camp, surf, snowboard, play soccer, and do just about anything else outside.

John Lerch | VP of Sales and Marketing

John serves as the VP of Sales and Marketing for and is responsible for growing Axiom Exergy's orders and pipeline by executing contracts and developing related sales materials.

John joins Axiom Exergy with over a decade of experience in the energy sector. He was recently running his own energy consulting practice, which helped small to medium enterprises with business plans, sales and marketing strategies, and collateral creation.

Prior to his own consulting work, John spent 8 years with GE in various sales and marketing roles, including leading a global sales and marketing team for a distributed power generation product. John also worked in marketing GE's Ecomagination branded products, redesigned an online cross business lead sharing platform, and coordinated sales strategies for multiple GE Energy products to enter municipal markets. He is a graduate of GE's Experienced Commercial Leadership Program and has lived in cities all over the US.

John graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Economics and a BS in Conservation & Resource Studies with an emphasis on energy and sustainable development.

In his free time, John likes to hike, camp, surf, snowboard, play soccer, and do just about anything else outside.

Jake Alheid | Lead IoT Cloud Software Engineer  Jake started writing code in the mid-nineties upon discovering the "World Wide Web", and that every Windows 3.1 computer came with a free QBASIC install. After several years developing websites and games as a hobby he attended the University of Iowa in 2001 to study Computer Science and Studio Art.  After school, Jake entered the world of freelance web design and programming, which he pursued for several years until joining about.me in 2010. After being part of about.me's acquisition by AOL, Jake lead the backend applications team and eventually grew to become Principal Software Engineer at about.me, helping to design, architect and build their cloud container platform from the ground up, resulting in a 60% reduction in cloud server costs, and a 40x reduction in CI build-to-deploy times, and creating a fully monitored and self-healing production infrastructure.  In 2018, Jake joined Axiom to help lead their cloud platform development and design.  Outside work, Jake is an avid motorcyclist, aspiring French cook, and lover of the outdoors.

Jake Alheid | Lead IoT Cloud Software Engineer

Jake started writing code in the mid-nineties upon discovering the "World Wide Web", and that every Windows 3.1 computer came with a free QBASIC install. After several years developing websites and games as a hobby he attended the University of Iowa in 2001 to study Computer Science and Studio Art.

After school, Jake entered the world of freelance web design and programming, which he pursued for several years until joining about.me in 2010. After being part of about.me's acquisition by AOL, Jake lead the backend applications team and eventually grew to become Principal Software Engineer at about.me, helping to design, architect and build their cloud container platform from the ground up, resulting in a 60% reduction in cloud server costs, and a 40x reduction in CI build-to-deploy times, and creating a fully monitored and self-healing production infrastructure.

In 2018, Jake joined Axiom to help lead their cloud platform development and design.

Outside work, Jake is an avid motorcyclist, aspiring French cook, and lover of the outdoors.

Varun Deshpande | Data Scientist  Varun completed his B.Tech in Electronics engineering from Veermata Jijabai Technological institute in Mumbai and M.Sc in Energy Science, Technology and Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. He has domain expertise in Semiconductor sales & marketing as well as data science experience in renewable energy and grid efficiency.  After completing his bachelors degree, he started work at Texas Instruments as a Technical sales engineer where he managed global accounts like Honeywell, Eaton, Mitsubishi and Cummins. He was responsible for 25% annual revenue growth in 2013-2014 across his accounts which dealt with various embedded application in the industrial, consumer, medical and aerospace domains.  In 2014, Varun joined Algo Engines, a startup in the wind turbine data analytics space. At Algo Engines, Varun managed business development, investor pitches, user interface and experience for the website, search engine optimization as well as product design, business logic and test algorithms for the core product. It was here that he got his first experience with machine learning algorithms which he used for short term wind speed forecasting to achieve nearly 90% prediction accuracy.  Varun joined the Energy science, technology and policy program at Carnegie Mellon University in the fall of 2015 where he focussed on the smart grid, grid efficiency and electric industry as a context and data science as a skillset. He interned at SparkMeter, an energy access startup where he employed machine learning methods to the application of theft detection for micro-grids in Haiti. After graduating, he worked with a professor in the University of Massachusetts as a research fellow working on consumption forecasts and customer segmentation for rural customers on the utility grid in Kenya.  Outside of work, Varun is a dance enthusiast, enjoys reading philosophy, going on hikes and aspires to play the saxophone.

Varun Deshpande | Data Scientist

Varun completed his B.Tech in Electronics engineering from Veermata Jijabai Technological institute in Mumbai and M.Sc in Energy Science, Technology and Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. He has domain expertise in Semiconductor sales & marketing as well as data science experience in renewable energy and grid efficiency.

After completing his bachelors degree, he started work at Texas Instruments as a Technical sales engineer where he managed global accounts like Honeywell, Eaton, Mitsubishi and Cummins. He was responsible for 25% annual revenue growth in 2013-2014 across his accounts which dealt with various embedded application in the industrial, consumer, medical and aerospace domains.

In 2014, Varun joined Algo Engines, a startup in the wind turbine data analytics space. At Algo Engines, Varun managed business development, investor pitches, user interface and experience for the website, search engine optimization as well as product design, business logic and test algorithms for the core product. It was here that he got his first experience with machine learning algorithms which he used for short term wind speed forecasting to achieve nearly 90% prediction accuracy.

Varun joined the Energy science, technology and policy program at Carnegie Mellon University in the fall of 2015 where he focussed on the smart grid, grid efficiency and electric industry as a context and data science as a skillset. He interned at SparkMeter, an energy access startup where he employed machine learning methods to the application of theft detection for micro-grids in Haiti. After graduating, he worked with a professor in the University of Massachusetts as a research fellow working on consumption forecasts and customer segmentation for rural customers on the utility grid in Kenya.

Outside of work, Varun is a dance enthusiast, enjoys reading philosophy, going on hikes and aspires to play the saxophone.