Nico Julian

Principal and Co-Founder

Nico is passionate about developing new technologies to enable wider usage of alternative energies around the globe.  He has dedicated his career to developing these technologies and is committed to helping other companies achieve their goals.  

Nico has over a decade experience in the robotic and tracking industries. At Sea Tel, Inc., a world-class marine satellite communications company, he designed many new satellite tracking systems and led the Engineering, Document Control, and Quality groups for the $120MM company. After many years at Sea Tel, Nico moved to the solar industry at Cool Earth Solar where he developed many components and systems to further the technology. Subsequently, at Skyline Solar, he led the Tracking and Telemetry teams tocreate best in class products. These systems are currently deployed at sites from the Pacific to North America and Europe. He left Skyline to form Pract Engineering in 2011.

Nico received a Bachelors Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley and graduated Pi Tau Sigma. He has attended Management classes at the Sloan School of Business at M.I.T. 


Elizabeth Karger

Principal and Co-Founder

Elizabeth leads business development, marketing and overall operations.  Elizabeth has spent the bulk of her career in the financial industry working for Banc of America Securities, CIT and Piper Jaffray. She brings a wealth of financial and business expertise to Pract.  In addition to managing the operational side of Pract, Elizabeth is developing new products and business opportunities.

Elizabeth received a B.A in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.A. in Economics and Foreign Policy from the University of London, and an M.B.A. from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.


Michael Crockett, PE

Staff Engineer

Michael started his career at Cool Earth Solar where he developed and analyzed structural systems using finite element models, designed and tested a single-phase heat exchanger, carried out optical testing, and performed system modeling.  Subsequent to Cool Earth, Michael worked at SunPower Corp, carrying out aerodynamic wind loading analysis on solar structures by combining wind tunnel testing results with both US standards (ASCE 7-05) and several EU standards (Germany, Italy, Spain, France) to develop load calculations for system design and permitting requirements. 

Michael received a B.S. in Engineering at Harvey Mudd College.