BILL THORNTON (COO)
Bill Thornton (Brig Gen ret, USAF) is currently the Vice President at ETRADE for cybersecurity. Prior to this position, Bill was the Director of Air, Space and Information Operations for Air Force Materiel Command (USAF), responsible for all facets of flight and ground developmental testing for the USAF. As a Test Wing Commander, he streamlined organizations under his command, resulting in budgetary reductions and increased earnings per employee while delivering the USAF’s most important test programs on schedule and budget. He is a certified program manager and test professional – able to transition and mature developmental technologies and capabilities. His span of control included all policy and budgeting for flying operations in a major command of over 65,000 personnel with assets exceeding $65B and budgetary authority of ~2B. He has a breadth of experience in program management & test management as well as managing contracts and budgets.
In 2002, He was appointed by the President as a White House Fellow. He is a Graduate of the prestigious USAF Test Pilot School and other accredited defense colleges. He has a MS in Aviation Systems (U Tenn), National Resource Strategy (Nat’l Defense U), a BS in Computer Engineering (Northeastern U), and graduate studies in other universities.
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Innovative and diversified Technologist with demonstrated performance in developing new products and intellectual property in the areas of DPSS lasers, semiconductor lasers, electro-optic materials, photonic crystals, Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs), LEDs, and more. Has over 25 years of expertise in research and development processes along with technology management, including: product development, program management, strategic planning, marketing and licensing.
Experienced IP manager/inventor who holds over 20 technical patents. Has successfully worked at and founded several tech startups. Has also led teams of scientists, engineers, and business personnel as Director of Corporate Research and Development at Honeywell/Allied Signal, and as Member of Technical Staff Physicist at AT&T Bell Labs with multiple technical and management achievement awards, and has worked with Space and Naval Warefare Systems development under Defense Contract.
Six Sigma – Black Belt Certified: Process Improvement Master, Ph.D. in Physics – Lehigh University, MS Theoretical and Mathematical Physics – Rutgers University
Mr. Tobias Ban holds a Master’s of Engineering in Acoustics from Penn State University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a Minor in Acoustics from Kettering University. He is President of Vibrations Inc. in Anaheim, CA (www.vibrationsinc.com) which provides clients Sound and Vibration measurement and product development expertise, cutting edge Infrared Laser Doppler Vibrometry, digital signal processing and data acquisition technology as well as specimen dynamic characterization services. Throughout his 20 year career in technology and business, Mr. Ban has focused on adapting the physics of sound and vibration to develop innovative technology, solve engineering problems, accelerate products to market and grow businesses. Mr. Ban has served as technical advisor or board member of several startups in the consumer electronics, audio, and musical instrument industries.
DR. MOHAMED NOUR
Dr. Mohamed Nour is currently a visiting professor of Electrical Engineering and Nanotechnology at Kadoorie Technical University. He earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University in 2002, MBA from the University of Phoenix in 2008, Master and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas in 2012 and 2015, accordingly. He is extraordinarily creative and resourceful in device/circuit reliability and performance. Dr. Nour has a great experience in measuring, modeling, and simulating Random Telegraph Signals (RTS), 1/f noise, and thermal noise at room temperature down to 77 Kelvin in MOSFET devices. The newly developed RTS statistical model is based on first principles that can describe the phenomenon of charging/discharging a trap(s) in the gate oxide in time and frequency domains. The model and its simulation tool have spawned a range of applications that can be extended to new technologies and a variety of microelectronic devices. RTS can be adopted as a tool to provide insightful information about defects in a material, decrease early infant mortality failure rate, and improve forecasting the life cycle of a device. Dr. Nour has a proven track record in delivering high-level projects on time and within budget. He collaborates successfully with several companies such as TI, SRC, and Global Foundries.
DR. JUAN D. CASTRO
Dr. Castro received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees both in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL. USA, in 2014, and 2017, respectively, and holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering (summa cum laude) and an M.B.A degree from the Autonomous University of Baja California, Mexicali, Mexico, in 2005 and 2011, respectively.
Juan has authored or coauthored over 13 professional journals and conference publications in the RF/microwave field, and he has one provisional disclosure. His current research interests include 3D-printed RF/microwave circuits and antennas based on engineered electromagnetic nanocomposite materials.
Dr. Castro has worked for Panasonic, Medtronic (formerly COVIDIEN), Nypro Healthcare (a Jabil company), and is currently employed at Cummins Inc. in Columbus, IN.
STEVEN JORGENSON (CFO)
Professional investment manager, entrepreneur, and aerospace investor.
Steven has directed investment decisions for several investment funds including Starbridge Venture Capital, Woodridge Capital, and Viridian Fund, and is an Investment Advisor Representative for Fifth Point Advisors LLC.
He previously worked for proprietary trading groups and market makers on the Chicago Board of Trade, and the Chicago Board Options Exchange, and has served as Portfolio Manager for both fixed income and equity derivatives teams.
Steven is an active angel investor in several space-related companies. He is co-founder of the Space Finance Group - assisting space-related organizations in reaching their early-stage strategic and funding goals. Steven is also a Founding Partner of Space Angels Network, and is a member of the Integrated Space Analytics team which regularly drafts an updates a visual roadmap for space development known as the Integrated Space Plan. He has also been a speaker on the topic of space investing at numerous conferences and events, is an Advisory Board Member of the Lifeboat Foundation.
Mr Eric Michael Hermanson earned a Bachelors of Science in Engineering Physics from University of Michigan's Nuclear Engineering Department in 1992, Summa Cum Laude. After being accepted to graduate programs at both Caltech and MIT, he went on to earn a Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering (known as Course 22) from MIT in 1994.
In 1995, Mr Hermanson embarked on a 20+ year enterprise-software consulting career wherein he worked on novel scientific projects for the defense industry, and multiple equity, commodity, and options trading & analysis projects for the financial industry. Mr Hermanson conceived and invented the very first mobile trading platform for the commodity industry. The technology was acquired by the Intercontinental Exchange, the second largest commodity exchange in the world. To this date, "ICEmobile" remains the only full featured mobile commodity trading platform in existence, which reflects on the fact that systems like this are extremely complex and difficult to achieve, requiring functionality that involves fault-free execution of millions of transactions per minute, absolutely-100% uptime, absolutely-no-fail-security, and data privacy & integrity.
Over the past five years, nearly full time, Mr. Hermanson has returned to the roots of physics to survey & study the most novel and promising physical theories he could identify, published over the past 25 years, with the objective of determining the handful of those that are correct and have commercial potential. His efforts are now focused on helping to lead the commercialization of those breakthrough ideas and expand the number of creative minds working on them exponentially – leading to more discovery.
Global engineering, development, and manufacturing operations lead, Brian W. Arbuckle, Ph.D., has helped four technology startups grow for more than 20 years—building the global engineering teams and facilities needed to create and commercialize products and intellectual property for categories including smart watches, phones, tablets, Bluetooth dongles, and eReaders.
Brian’s leadership across program and portfolio management; facility, process, and equipment engineering; and strategic sourcing and supply chain spans four startups—two of which were acquired. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, he has twice lived abroad, with Fab construction, operations management, and process transfers in Taiwan and Japan.
Product and IP development comprises always-on MEMS display panel, integrated passive components for radio-frequency and wireless applications, photolithography, PVCD deposition, and high throughput jet electroplating.
Educated in chemistry, program management, and Lean Six Sigma from the University of California at Davis, California State University, UC Berkeley Extension, and Six Sigma Academy, Brian has published 14 papers and 19 patents issued or pending. Beyond software and semiconductors, his scientific interests include green energy, including solar cells, water purification, batteries, and self-driving cars.
DR. DAVID RUTLEDGE
Dr. David Rutledge earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis in 1990. His major was in dynamics and controls, with minors in applied mechanics and data acquisition and analysis. His dissertation was on Studies of Jerk Optimal Automobile Suspensions.
His passion has always been in serving the military and law enforcement through developing systems that are both effective and suitable. David is currently a lead engineer with SURVICE Engineering, providing direct contract support to the USMC/USA for development of the JLTV. This innovative vehicle is being developed to replace the armored versions of the HMMWV, providing increased mobility, survivability, and reliability/availability/maintainability. Earlier in his career he worked for Oshkosh Corp as a survivability engineer, for BAE Systems as an analyst for their advanced technology group and test engineer, for the Institute for Defense Analyses as a research staff member, as an dynamics engineer for strategic missiles, and as a flight test engineer at Edwards AFB.
WILLIAM W. WALLACE
Currently a Design Engineer at RMX Technologies where he is involved in Non-thermal plasma and high power broadband high frequency electrodynamics design and testing. William’s previous work involved 12 years with the US Navy as an Antenna Engineer, Electronics Engineer, and Electromagnetic SME. While working for the Navy, William led DRA research, metamaterial research, active materials research, GaAs and GaN MMIC design, novel radiating devices/structures, and phased array projects.
William is considered an expert in High Power High Frequency Material Interaction, Antenna Design, MMIC design, MIC design, RF analysis, Electronic Warfare, Radome RF design and analysis, GaAs, and GaN.
Chairman of the Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) of National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry & University Cooperative Research Program (IUCRC) for Embedded Systems 2010-2012.
MS Electrical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2009
RON STAHL (CEO)
Ron has been involved in the emerging field of Mach Effect research since 2006. He contributed to the technical work group at California State University, Fullerton on a daily basis for 7 years. He was specifically involved in developing the scientific protocols used: refining research methodology, data analysis, research of applicable power systems and advanced dielectrics, recruiting, and thruster fabrication. Ron was responsible for construction of the entire test series of the last generation of Mach Lorentz Thrusters in 2008 for the lab at UC-Fullerton. These insights led to the current evolution in Mach Effect Thruster design.
Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering, 25 years of experience in the field of space propulsion.
Since 2001, Nembo has been employed at FOTEC in Austria (http://www.fotec.at/Home/AerospaceEngineering), where his main activity consists in the design and testing of electric propulsion systems. Notable is his work on an ion propulsion system based on field emission of liquid metals, with the last major achievement consisting in an ongoing endurance test counting more than 15,000 hours.
Always interested in the field of advanced propulsion research, he became involved in the research of Prof. James Woodward about Mach Effects in the late 90's. Since then, Nembo has conducted both theoretical and experimental studies on the topic. In the spring of 2014, a verification test on a Mach effect device built by Woodward confirmed the presence of a peculiar thrust effect (results published in the proceedings of the Estes Park Advanced Propulsion Workshop: http://ssi.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ssi_estes_park_proceedings_201609.pdf).
His continuous interest in science and technology, with particular attention to new developments, has led him to become an active lecturer on topics spanning from nuclear fusion to the future of space exploration.