About IX Water
IX Power Clean Water is an IX Power, LLC company. We are backed by some of the most forward-thinking individual investors in the world. IX Power is a technology commercialization and product development firm spun-out from Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.
IX Power Clean Water has the opportunity to focus exclusively on the creation of water-related products and services and can enter into business arrangements with other organizations and companies.
Offices for IX Power Clean Water are located in:
- Golden, Colorado;
- Albuquerque New Mexico;
- and Dalian, China.
IX Power Clean Water is proud of our involvement in the industry and community.
IX Water Leadership
John R. (Grizz) Deal • Executive Chairman & CEO
John R. (Grizz) Deal has nearly thirty years of experience in technology commercialization, tech-based startups, fast-growing ventures, and product development.
Grizz was CEO and a co-founder of Hyperion Power Generation, a Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) spinout developing a Small Modular Reactor (SMR). He has also served as the chief marketing officer for Space Imaging and was the founder and CEO of LizardTech, one of the more successful LANL spinouts. Additionally, Grizz has served as Entrepreneur in Residence for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) at Technology Ventures Corporation and as Visiting entrepreneur at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Grizz founded seven firms based on U.S. DOE technologies and holds graduate and undergraduate science degrees in geography from Texas A&M University.
Grizz is on the Board of the Riga Innovation Centre (RIC) in Latvia, the former Product Development Sensei for GVA Launch Gurus in Russia and Kazakhstan, a former adjunct faculty member at the Moscow School of Management Skolkovo, a member of the Texas A&M University College of Geosciences Advisory Council, a Mentor at the University of Northern Colorado BizHub Collaborative, and a Steering Committee member of the JeffCo Energy Action Project.
An Eagle Scout, Grizz spent nine summers working at Philmont Scout Ranch in Northern New Mexico.
Grizz is a frequent speaker and writer on energy technology and policy, product development, starting and growing advanced technology-based ventures, and issues in raising capital for such ventures.
Randall Wilson, MBA • Chief Financial & Commercial Officer
Randall Wilson is one of two key founders and was Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer of Technology Ventures Corporation (TVC), a private foundation funded by Lockheed Martin Corporation to commercialize national laboratory-developed technologies. He was instrumental in growing the business from a single-site, five-person enterprise into a multi-site, multi-funded operation with more than 40 employees. He served in this capacity from 1993 to 2011 and remains active in the technology commercialization community.
In addition to his work at IX Power, Mr. Wilson serves as the CFO and Secretary/Treasurer of the Sandia Science & Technology Park Development Corporation, chair of the Sandia Science & Technology Park Tenant Association, and Treasurer of the New Mexico Angels (a private investment group).
Mr. Wilson was named a Top Performing CFO by the NM Business Weekly and served on New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson’s Business Advisory Council. A graduate of Emory University, he also holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Rollins College, and has completed numerous C-level professional development courses.
Deborah Deal-Blackwell, APR • V.P. Marketing & Public Relations
Ms. Deal-Blackwell serves as the Vice President of Marketing for IX Power Clean Water and as the CEO of the IX Power Foundation. The sibling Deals have worked together as founders and executives of several firms over the last 20 years.
Before IX Power, Deborah co-founded Hyperion Power Generation. She served as the V.P. of Marketing & Public Relations for the company and as the top executive in Hyperion’s Washington, D.C. office directed interaction with the U.S. Congress and all other federal agencies. Prior to Hyperion, she served as the CEO of the medical transportation charity Angel Flight Southeast, and before that worked around the globe as a marketing executive in the computer software, real estate, and hospitality industries. Her degrees in journalism-public relations and radio-TV were earned at the University of Central Florida. She is an accredited public relations specialist (APR) and member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). She is the founder and chair of the annual “Jeffco International Women’s Day” celebration, Vice President of the Foothills Art Center, and Chair of the Jeffco Library Foundation’s “Whale of a Used Book Sale.” She is also a graduate of the Leadership Golden class of 2015/2016 and the Leadership Jefferson County class of 2015/2016, and has served terms on a number of local government-appointed and chamber of commerce committees. She recently concluded her term as a Trustee of the Jefferson County Library.
Deborah was recognized this year as one of the Denver Business Journal’s “Top Women in Energy in Colorado,” and with The Elena Joyce Grissom Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jefferson County Library Foundation.
Dr. Enid (Jeri) Sullivan-Graham, Ph.D. • Inventor IX Water Product Line
Dr. Sullivan-Graham is the inventor of the IX Water treatment machines. She received her PhD in Hydrology from New Mexico Tech in 1997. She also holds an M.S. in Geochemistry from UNC-Chapel Hill, and a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry from the University of Virginia.
Jeri’s entire career has been concerned with innovative techniques for cleaning contaminated water. Her current work includes the geochemical evaluation of water and media for growth of algae for biofuel production; experimentation for and design of water treatment methods for removing silica and organics from contaminated waters prior to use or desalination; and system model development for treatment and costs of water produced from Carbon Sequestration operations. She has over 12 years of expertise in adsorption and filtration water treatment methods for cleanup of oil and gas produced waters and the costs of treating these waters. Her other work includes statistical analysis of background groundwater chemistry on the Pajarito Plateau in northern New Mexico. She has worked as a chemist for radioactive waste characterization and disposal, hydrologic characterization and tracer studies, geochemistry of oil and gas industry disposal sites, saltwater contamination sites, and as an environmental consultant in characterization and remediation of air, soil, and water at hazardous waste and Superfund sites.
Dr. Robert L. (Bob) Libutti, PhD • Director of Manufacturing
Dr. Libutti is responsible for the design and build of our insanly great products.
Dr. Libutti is a co-founder and the former VP of Engineering and Strategy for Hyperion Power Generation and for the software company LizardTech. He is the author of the book “IBM’s Systems Application Architecture.” After working in industry as an electrical engineer and as an officer in the U.S. Army, Dr. Libutti began a 32-year career with the IBM Corporation. He held various positions ranging from the IBM Applied Science representative to NASA Langley during the Project Mercury space shots to IBM Group Director, holding executive marketing and executive product development positions in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Dr. Libutti created the corporate business case, led the development team, and introduced the personal computer in Japan. He has served on several corporate boards, including Sapiens International, a publically traded, Israeli software company where he became co-CEO. Dr. Libutti holds a BS in Engineering Physics from Lehigh University and a MBA and a PhD in Business Administration. Dr. Libutti is also a graduate of IBM’s Systems Research Institute, earning the equivalency of a Masters degree in computer science.
Dr. Otis (Pete) Peterson, Ph.D. • Chief Technical Officer
As Chief Technical Officer of IX Power, Dr. Peterson supervises the review of all water and power technologies and the coordination of research efforts in the public and private sectors. Among his many career accomplishments, Dr. Peterson is the inventor of the original design for the unique Hyperion Power Module. He holds six patents including those for his inventions of the cw Dye Laser and Alexandrite Laser, which earned R&D 100 awards. In the 1990’s he served as science attaché at the American Embassy in London for environmental preservation and nonproliferation issues.
Dr. Peterson served as a group leader at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and held management positions at Eastman Kodak and Allied Chemical where he co-founded the laser induced chemistry program. He was also a co-founder of laser isotope separation program (AVLIS) at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, which continued for 26 years. His inventions and many publications have been cited by other authors in the technical literature well over 1000 times. He is a fellow of the Optical Society of America. He earned his Ph.D. in physics at the University of Illinois.
Yao Qian • Director of Engineering
Yao Qian is the wastewater treatment engineer at IX Power Clean Water. Her main responsibilities include designing wastewater treatment processes, evaluating company’s current technologies and performance, managing/assisting interns with process design, data analysis, technical reports and presentations, and coordinating communications with clients in China.
Eleanor Cabell • Operations Manager
Eleanor Cabell is a policy analyst and researcher for IXPower. She has a background in marketing and management. Her BA is from the University of Portland in Oregon.