Management Team

Matt Atwood


Matt is an entrepreneur with expertise in sustainable technologies, project engineering, project finance, organizational management, and information technology systems. Before founding Algae Systems, he launched broad development efforts on large-scale biodiesel production plants and researched many algae and thermochemical biofuel production technologies.  Matt conceptualized and led the development of Algae Systems’ technology platform, while bringing together the team to make it a reality.  He is a strong business leader and man concerned about how his company operates, not just what his company produces. He serves as a founder and board member to several diverse organizations from non-profits to energy companies. When he is not advancing the science of fuels or cooking dinner for the team, Matt is an avid kite surfer, scuba diver, and part-time fire dancer.

John Perry Barlow

Vice President, Corporate Relations

John Perry Barlow is a retired Wyoming rancher (and native), a former lyricist for the Grateful Dead, and the co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil liberties organization that has been protecting the free flow of information on the Internet since 1990. He has been writing about society in Cyberspace since 1988 and was first to apply that name to the global social space it presently describes. He was a founding Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. In 2013, he was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame, having been in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame since 1994. Since 1992, he has served on the Advisory Board of TTIVanguard, a consulting group whose long-term clients include most of the American intelligence agencies, many Fortune 200 companies, and other large international institutions. Since 2009, he has devoted most of his energies to creating an integrated solution to the most pressing problems facing the physical world: climate change and increasing supplies of potable water, sustainable liquid transport fuels, and a replacement for depleted mineral fertilizers. He has three grown daughters and aspires primarily to be a good ancestor. Finally, the guy who plays The Most Interesting Man in the World believes that John Perry Barlow may be The Most Interesting Man in the World.

Andrew “Mo” Septimus

Vice President, Finance & Business Development

Andrew “Mo” Septimus has experience in corporate financial planning & strategy, raising capital, investor relations, and company management. Andrew has worked on water technologies, energy projects, chemical product development, government acquisitions, and real estate finance. Andrew brings a compassionate, outgoing and resourceful leadership style, coupled with a perpetual state of optimism and an apt sense of humor. Andrew enjoys craft beverages, playing hockey, herring, Kiddish Club, and long walks on the beach.

Rob McElroy, P.E.

Vice President, Operations & Market Development

Rob McElroy has more than 25 years of experience in engineering, project & construction management in heavy industrial applications and executive management of highly successful corporations – both public and private.  Rob’s leadership at Daphne Utilities led to a string of national quality awards, financial stability for the company and recognition from both The Wall Street Journal and Inc. Magazine for his Winning Workplace practices. He is an in-demand speaker at conferences across the country and is noted for his energetic and engaging presentation style.  Rob loves playing golf (God’s most perfect game), olives speared on festive toothpicks and playing very good guitars very badly.