Team Bios

Paul Lyons, PE, President
Paul Lyons, PE, President
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Originally from a place with more snow than sun, Paul Lyons has come a long way in the solar industry. Working on solar projects for over twenty years in local New England and overseas in Haiti and Mexico, Lyons has extensive experience in solar design, consulting, management, and installation. He has led all of Zapotec’s previous and current projects, and continues to play a key role in bringing together communities, developers, and contractors to create a solar future in Massachusetts. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Solar Energy Business Association of New England (SEBANE), and is a member of the American Solar Energy Society and Northeast Sustainable Energy Association.

Paul Lyons is a Registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts and a NABCEP certified Solar PV System Integrator. He holds a B.S. in engineering from Cornell University, an M.B.A. from the University of New Haven, and an M.A. in Geography from Boston University.

Aaron King, E.I.T., Design Engineer
Aaron King, E.I.T., Design Engineer
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Aaron received his M.S. in Energy Systems from Northeastern University and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. His studies have covered a broad spectrum of sustainable energy related fields, including renewable energy technologies, building efficiency and sustainable design, as well as environmental politics and utility regulation. He gained valuable experience while interning at Boston area companies, such as Sustainable Energy Advantage, EnerNOC, PowerOptions and LUX research. After passing the Fundamentals of Engineering exam in November 2015, Aaron became a Massachusetts certified Engineer in Training (E.I.T.). Aaron is also a NABCEP certified Solar PV Installation Professional.

Sanae Matsuki, E.I.T., Design Engineer
Sanae Matsuki, E.I.T., Design Engineer
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Sanae earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in Mechatronics from Northeastern University. Sanae has a strong background in electromechanical systems. During her time at Northeastern University, Sanae gained valuable experience while interning with companies such as General Electric Aviation and Coravin, as well as conducting research with Caltech and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Sanae also spent one semester in Arusha, Tanzania working as a Solar Engineering Intern with a company called Sikubora. Her experience designing independent solar PV systems in Tanzania motivated Sanae to move her career path toward the renewable energy industries. In October 2017, Sanae passed the Fundamentals of Engineering and is now a Massachusetts certified Engineer in Training (E.I.T.).

Brandon Sweet, Field Service Engineer
Brandon Sweet, Field Service Engineer
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Brandon received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Worcestor Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in May 2010, and is currently working towards his M.S. in Energy Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Brandon has gained engineering experience from his work with Lam Research and Schott North America. Brandon's passion for nature drove him to work in the renewable energy sector. Brandon is currently working as a part-time Field Service Engineer until he finishes his master's degree.  

Maria French, Design Engineer
Maria French, Design Engineer
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Maria received her M.S. in Energy Engineering with a focus on Solar Energy from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Robert Morris University. Maria has always been passionate about renewable energy. Her passion allowed her to shape her career from a young age, and meet her goals of working in the renewable energy field. During her time at Robert Morris, Maria spent her summers performing solar module research at the University of Pittsburgh and sustainability research in Concepcion, Chile. At the University of Massachusetts, Maria developed solar design experience by completing a semester-long solar feasibility study for a local business in Lowell, MA. Maria recently completed an internship with Zapotec Energy in 2019 and has since continued working with the company as a full-time Design Engineer. Maria hopes to continue making progress towards 100% sustainable energy for future generations.