Former American Superconductor executive Angelo Robert Santamaria is an accomplished manufacturing professional with global experience spanning the water management and alternative energy sectors. In addition to overseeing manufacturing operations at firms such as Oasys Water and American Superconductor Corporation, Angelo Santamaria has also dedicated much of his time to philanthropic causes like The Jimmy Fund.
Since 1948, The Jimmy Fund has leveraged the support of communities throughout Massachusetts and beyond to provide millions of dollars in funding to Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and its ongoing efforts to advance cancer treatment. An official charity of organizations including the Boston Red Sox and the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, The Jimmy Fund receives donations from a variety of philanthropic groups and events, but its most significant contributor remains the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC).
The Pan-Mass Challenge is a state-wide charity bicycle race consisting of 12 routes that traverse the state of Massachusetts. Since its inception in 1980, the event has grown into the largest athletic charity event in the United States, raising more funds than any other charity athletic competition. The annual bike-a-thon attracts thousands of cyclists, donors, sponsors, and volunteers each year and has raised $547 million for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. It provides over half of the annual revenue collected by the Jimmy Fund, making it the largest organizational supporter of Dana-Farber’s groundbreaking work.
The 2017 Pan-Mass Challenge is slated to take place on August 5 and 6, 2017. For more information, visit www.pmc.org.
International School for Advanced Studies
The former senior vice president of global manufacturing operations at American Superconductor, Angelo R. Santamaria has amassed over two decades of experience in the manufacturing sector. Over the course of his career, Angelo Santamaria has made contributions to fields including wastewater management, solar power, and wind energy, and his work at American Superconductor helped facilitate the development of the first commercially manufactured superconductors.
Recent research conducted by an international team of condensed matter physicists and materials scientists has presented groundbreaking new implications for the future of superconductors and, therefore, energy efficiency. Published in a recent edition of Nature Physics by researchers from the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste, Italy; Politecnico di Milano; and Università Cattolica di Brescia, the study explored the electronic interactions within a complex superconductive material containing bismuth, copper, and oxygen.
The team used a series of laser pulses to first disrupt the material’s equilibrium state, then separated and examined the individual electron interactions as the superconductor returned to equilibrium. These snapshots, as dubbed by the research team, revealed a rather intriguing property: electrons within the material did not repel on each other while at room temperature, meaning that they were free to move along a unified current.
This study has opened the door to a possible solution for one of the most significant challenges in the study of superconductors; typically, superconductors that would otherwise be ideal take on insulating properties at higher temperatures, preventing the efficient flow of an electric current. By developing a material that retains its superconductive properties at room temperature, scientists could pave the way for efficiency improvements in the energy sector, magnetic resonance imaging, and innovative transportation.
With extensive experience in the semiconductor supply sphere, Angelo Santamaria has served as vice president of American Superconductor. Also holding responsibilities as general manager of the American Superconductor’s Wires business unit, Angelo Santamaria engaged in guiding global manufacturing operations.
One area of leadership focus was on wind turbines designs that drove efficiencies and revenue expansion within competitive markets. The wind energy market is one that continues to grow in the United States, even in the face of a momentum shift that has witnessed President Donald Trump urging increases in natural gas and coal production.
At the forefront of this focus is Massachusetts, with the state’s Department of Energy Resources taking proactive steps to comply with a mandate signed by the Governor last year to achieve 1,600 megawatts in offshore wind power over the next decade. In a recent bid, Eversource Energy and National Grid Plc, and Unitil Corp. submitted proposals to purchase up to 800 megawatts in offshore wind energy. This comes in the wake of the December Rhode Island opening of a 30 megawatt installation that represents America’s first ever offshore wind farm. Other such projects are slated to for locations off of New York and the North Carolina coast.