Team


Patrick Furlotti

Patrick Furlotti

Founder

I remember a pivotal moment when I was fishing as a boy. I had caught  this big fish that I had planned to eat and upon cutting it open, I discovered it was full of worms and tumors. I felt sad and powerless to the effects of a contaminated ocean. Not long after, I began working for the organization Heal The Bay, run by Dorthy Green, one of the top water quality activists in California over the past several decades. While working there we got the state of California to build a billion dollar Hyperion sewage plant in el segundo, California, near the Los Angeles airport. Being part of this process proved to me that organizations could be very powerful and change can happen! That’s why I started BluSea Foundation. We’re putting innovation and financial resources together for a bright future!

Gordon Fuller

Gordon Fuller

Executive Director

Gordon Fuller, Managing Director and Executive Director for BluSea Foundation, is a visionary social entrepreneur, award-winning producer working at the forefront of technological innovation, and life long activist and advocate for the environment. He has developed industry-leading digital TV, broadband Internet and social networking applications for self expression, civic engagement and economic development.  Gordon believes these 21st century tools can revolutionize society by ending the social isolation of disadvantaged, vulnerable and oppressed minorities. For over 30 years he has consulted for international leaders in the IT, telecom, consumer electronics and entertainment industries. Gordon has served on boards and held executive management positions with private, public and governmental organizations. An engaging motivational speaker, he is a lecturer and adviser to local colleges and universities and has established international programs to train students for careers in the media.

Dan Plankenhorn

Dan Plankenhorn

Principle Investigatior

Dan’s involvement with environmental-related technology development began at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in the early 90’s. Under the direction of Dr. Myron Jones, Program Manager, Commercial and Industrial End-use Applications, Dan helped evaluate new emerging technologies and managed R&D projects to address a wide range of remediation treatments for infectious medical waste, safe drinking water, and industrial and municipal wastewater (including small-scale systems). Dan’s knowledge of Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOP) include:  Photolysis, Photocatalysis, Sonochemistry, Electrohydraulic Cavitation, Ozonation (03+UV, O3+H2O2+UV), and Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI).

After EPRI, Dan went on to work for SC Johnson & Son where he collaborated with formulation chemists and microbiologists to arrive at a number of energy-driven process based solutions for household cleaning and disinfecting. New, emerging Advanced Oxidation Process technologies that make use of light, heat, and ultrasound to actively drive chemical reactions. Not only were these processes proven effective, but the resulting chemical by-products were shown to be be much less toxic to people and the environment. Dan also helped SCJ to compile their “Green List” of ingredients for chemical formulation.

As an independent technical consultant, Dan has worked on a number of leading-edge projects in aquaculture, algaculture, geothermal, wind and solar power generation. Dan’s technical expertise includes:

  • Design of Photobioreactors for Algaculture
  • Photocatalytic TiO2 for Anti-Biofouling
  • Ground Pump Heat Exchangers
  • Geothermal Wellhead Design and HX selection
  • Next-Generation Heliostat Mirror Field Design
  • Optical Surface Specification, Design and Fabrication for Solar CSP and CPV
  • Architecturally-Integrated Wind Power Generation
  • Micro Wind Turbine Design
  • Large-scale Energy Storage Systems Evaluation
  • Promotion and Implementation of Distributed Power Generation.

Dan received his BS in Applied Physics from Indiana University (Bloomington), and a Masters in Product Design and Development at San Jose State.

Benjamin Katz

Benjamin Katz

Project Manager, Editor in Chief

Benjamin Katz is a sustainability & innovation strategist and designer. Schooled and seasoned in the field of entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship, he holds an MBA in sustainable business from Bainbridge Graduate Institute and specializes in creative problem solving and virtual team management.

His work in sustainability has taken him across the globe bringing together key stakeholders to improve quality of life and the health of the environment. He has also worked in Media publishing, marketing, and sales for an international tech magazine where he used his skills in mixed media communications, writing, and editing to build a loyal customer base. He believes that business for good, developing market based solutions to social and environmental issues, is the most effective tool for building a sustainable society. Benjamin currently lives on the island of Kauai where he enjoys, gardening, cooking, paddling for the Hanalei Canoe Club, and writing songs on his ukulele.