Matthew John “Jay” Diedzic, Jr., P.E., Vice President, ISIT

96047 Bottlebrush Lane
Fernandina Beach, FL. 32034
(757) 784-0447 

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More than 35 years of leadership, management, entrepreneurial, science and technology, investment, and university-related R&D coalition generation and corporate fund raising experience, within the domestic and international energy industry. Over the last 15 years, developed and monetized a diverse energy and environmental project portfolio involving fossil-fuels; geothermal; solar power; offshore wind, tidal; natural gas/coal-to-liquids; algal-based bio-fuels; autonomous ocean exploration and observation; Harmful Algal Bloom and Red Tide observation and remediation; and nuclear power generation and Special Nuclear Material (“nuclear waste”) utilization.

Currently Senior Commercialization of Technology Fellow at the Institute of Strategic and Innovative Technologies located in Cedar Park, TX and consultant for the University of South Carolina’s College of Engineering and Computing (U of SC), facilitating R&D collaborations involving autonomous ocean exploration and observation, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River National Laboratory and the U.S. Army.  


President and Owner – Williamsburg, VA Since January 2001 of BlackRock Energy Corporation, a Virginia-based S Corporation, a global energy advisory and project development company. Energy and environmental projects include:  

Facilitating nuclear-related collaborations focused on evaluating and further developing NASA’s Nuclear Thermionic Avalanche Cell (NTAC) “nuclear battery” and the Particle Bed Reactor, a reactor design originally conceived for nuclear rocket engines. This effort involves U of SC, SRNL, Idaho National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory and framatome.

Coordinating a U of SC, Coastal Carolina University, College of Charleston, IBM Corporation, Exxon Mobile and South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SC DNR) consortium for pursuing autonomous ocean (and lake and estuarine) exploration and observation incorporating autonomous aerial, surface and underwater vehicles (UxVs), “Big Data” analytics, Artificial Intelligence and real-time localized weather forecasting, as well as, establishing a “presence” at SC DNR / NOAA’s Fort Johnson, South Carolina facility, along with an ocean-based UxV testing and demonstration site.

Initiating an IBM, Boeing, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida Atlantic University, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Florida International University, and University of Miami consortium pursing the application of UxVs, Big Data analytics, AI and real-time localized weather forecasts for assisting the Army Corps of Engineers 1) enhancing observational capability and optimizing Lake Okeechobee water levels for mitigating the formation and down stream impact of Harmful Algal Blooms and 2) Remediating HABs after formation.

Developing, along with a New Jersey-based solar developer/investor, two 20 MW solar power projects located in York and Middlesex Counties, Virginia. §

Acquiring and reworking oil wells in the Somerset Field (over 15,000 wells), located near San Antonio, TX and applying Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) In-Situ Combustion (ISC) technology to a billion barrel (recoverable) oil play in Texas.

Along with Norwegian, Bermudian and U.S. partners, conducted a Bermuda-based, offshore wind energy feasibility study involving an innovative energy production and energy storage design utilizing repurposed vessel hulls (e.g. used oil tankers and discarded U.S. Navy vessels) as offshore platforms, thereby significantly reducing the capital cost of offshore wind energy, and also for enhancing the wind vessel’s operational flexibility by adding onboard energy storage as well as, desalination capacity, hydrogen production and/or potentially offshore fish farming operations.

Established and coordinated a $3.5 million, College of William & Mary / Virginia Institute of Marine Science-led effort for developing an ocean-based, algae growing & harvesting operation for producing biofuels at significant scale. Project funding came from Norwegian national oil company, Statoil (now Equinor), Exelon Corporation/Constellation Energy, and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) Innovative Technology Fund. This Project generated a U.S. patent entitled “Apparatus and method for Producing and Harvesting Algae” (US 8,689,482 B2) and also assisted a Chesapeake Bay Program Expert Panel develop definitions and efficiencies for Algal Flow-Way Technologies, a recently approved EPA Best Management Practice (BMP).

Patrick Energy Group – Founding Partner – Tulsa, OK August 1998 through January 2001 Patrick Energy Group (PEG) was an Oklahoma LLC focused on exploration and production of coal-bed methane-based natural gas, primarily in the Arkoma and Cherokee Basins of Oklahoma and Kansas.

MCNIC Oil & Gas (MCN Corp.) – Vice President – Detroit, MI January 1993 through August 1998

MCNIC Oil & Gas was a wholly owned subsidiary of MCN Corp. MCN was the holding company of Michigan Consolidated Gas Corp. headquartered in Detroit. DTE Energy (Holding Company for electric utility, Detroit Edison) acquired MCN in 1999.

In less than four years from start-up, MCNIC Oil & Gas achieved over $2 billion in Enterprise Value and 1.2 BCFE in oil & gas Proved Reserves.

Detroit Edison (DTE Energy) – Director – Detroit, MI May 1976 through December 1992 Middle management positions/roles of increasing responsibility in Transmission and Distribution; Corporate Research Department; Corporate Strategic Planning; Generation and Power Supply Planning; Thermal Energy; and Corporate Marketing.


University of Michigan, School of Engineering                      
Degree:  Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering       

University of Michigan, Ross School of Business
Degree:  Master of Arts in Business Administration                        

Wayne State University     Completed coursework towards a Master of Science in Nuclear Physics, while also teaching  Engineering Technology classes

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Completed Professional Program in Renewable Energy: Capturing the Sun


Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan (I.D. No. 6201028054)

 Patents / Licenses

Real-time Parameter Sensor-Transmitter (U.S. 4420752 A) – A system for monitoring at least one parameter of either an energized electrical power line conductor or at least one parameter adjacent to the power line conductor, on a real-time basis and transmitting signals indicative of that parameter to a remote location where the power line conductor itself is the transmission medium for transmitting the signals to the remote location. 

Co-licensed a transformational “nuclear battery” technology (NTAC) invented by NASA Langley Research Center, which also consumes nuclear waste.


Florida Gulf Coast University’s Emergent Technologies Institute Board Member 
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
American Association for the Advancement of Science 
Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels