Reimagine what’s possible, with Phononic.
At Phononic, we believe the world deserves a better way to cool and heat. Our solid-state chip has the power to transform our daily lives, cooling and heating our modern world responsibly, without toxic refrigerants. Join us in delivering the solid-state technology platform that the world needs.
Co-Founder & CEO
Co-Founder & CEO
Dr. Atti is an experienced energy technology investor, entrepreneur, and executive who has demonstrated expertise and leadership in venture financing, business development, start-up growth and operations, and negotiating joint venture relationships.
As co-founder and CEO at Phononic, he’s led the development and growth of the company as the leading innovator of solid-state cooling and heating management solutions through accretive venture capital and institutional investor support. As a former Director at MHI Energy Partners, a seed- and early-stage energy private equity fund, Dr. Atti managed deal flow networks, conducted due diligence, structured venture financing transactions, and provided direct portfolio company leadership.
Dr. Atti earned his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute at the University of Southern California. Dr. Atti also holds an MBA from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Ithaca College.
Jeff Yardley is an accomplished finance executive with a proven track record of scaling technology businesses for rapid growth. Jeff joined Phononic from Cree, Inc. a global, publicly-traded technology company. At Cree, Jeff had leadership roles within corporate finance and as the finance lead for two high growth business units that grew over 4x during his tenure. He was part of leadership teams that grew and scaled these businesses including strategic development, M&A activity, and a potential IPO. He is known for driving results, streamlining processes, and developing high-performing teams.
Prior to Cree, Jeff held financial leadership roles at Stock Building Supply and TEKELEC, both publicly traded companies. He began his career in public accounting at both KPMG and Ernst & Young serving on audits of various public and private companies in a variety of industries.
Jeff attended Appalachian State University where he obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant in North Carolina, Certified Management Accounting, and Chartered Global Management Accountant. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife and children.
Jason Ruppert, a native of New Orleans, holds B.S. degrees in both Computer Science and Industrial Engineering from Southeastern Louisiana University and an M.S. in Integrated Manufacturing Systems Engineering from North Carolina State University. Jason has held executive leadership positions in R&D, Operations, Engineering, and IT for both large and small-cap Hi-Tech/Semiconductor companies (Nortel, Ciena, Harmonic, OCZ Storage Solutions, and Toshiba, Nanotron).
His focus has been working in highly accelerated growth companies and turn-around companies/organizations with emphasis on New Product Introduction, Manufacturing & Supply Chain Operations, Quality & Reliability systems, and Information Technology.
Work at Phononic.
Life at Phononic.
At Phononic, our culture is built on inclusive and supportive values that shape who we are as a company. Only by investing in our culture can we confidently set out to change the world.
We call Durham home.
Located in Durham, North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park, Phononic is part of a flourishing innovation hub with more than 250 cutting-edge businesses. The Durham-Raleigh area was just named the second best place to live in the U.S. according to the 2021 U.S. News & World Report.
Our greatest strength lies in our people. We are a talented group of thinkers and innovators who are constantly pushing the status quo, disregarding the naysayers, and having a whole lot of fun along the way.
At Phononic, we truly value you as an employee and part of our professional family. Our goal is to offer the very best healthcare possible to you and your loved ones. With this in mind, we have developed a comprehensive employee benefit package designed to protect you and your family. All benefits, with the exception of voluntary life and FSA, are 100% paid by Phononic for eligible full-time employees, dependent children, and spouses.
Phononic recognizes the importance of providing each full-time employee the opportunity to take time off from work to rest, relax, recharge, and have fun. Because we are an organization with high performance standards, we offer a very flexible vacation policy.
Phononic provides paid sick time to regular full-time employees to provide them with protection against loss of income if they are ill or injured, need to attend to an immediate family member, or if they need time off from work for necessary or routine healthcare.
401K Retirement Plan
A 401K plan is an effective way for employees to save for retirement. We offer an Auto Enroll feature and you can contribute up to 90% of your income as required by law.
Employees are given the opportunity to have ownership in the company with options.
Quality & Environmental Policy – “Live It. Own It. Perfect It. Scale It. Protect It.”
First time quality in all that we do.
Individual ownership and personal accountability.
Meet or exceed our customers’ requirements and continually improve.
It is quality, rather than quantity, that matters as we grow.
Environmentally responsible in all that we do.
ISO 9001 & 14000
Phononic is certified towards International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 and 14001:2015 standard requirements. ISO is the world’s most widely-recognized quality management system (QMS) and environmental management system (EMS) certifications.