OUR TEAM

Executive Officers and Directors

KEY TECHNICAL CONSULTANTS

 

Paul Moller, President, and Chairman of the Board

Dr. Moller founded the Company and has served as the company’s President since its formation. He holds a Masters in Engineering and Ph.D. from McGill University. Dr. Moller was a professor of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering at the University of California, Davis, from 1963 to 1975, where he developed the Aeronautical Engineering program. In 1972 he founded SuperTrapp Industries and was Chief Executive Officer, as SuperTrapp became the most recognized international name in high-performance engine silencing systems. SuperTrapp Industries was sold in 1988. In 1983 he founded the Company to develop powered lift aircraft. Under his direction the Company completed contracts with NASA, NOSC, DARPA, NRL, Harry Diamond Labs, Hughes Aircraft Company, California Department of Transportation and the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air force. These contracts included the development and deployment of numerous unmanned aerial vehicles and Wankel based engines. Dr. Moller has received 43 patents including the first U.S. patent on a fundamentally new form of powered lift aircraft. In 1980 he developed the Davis Research Park, a 38-acre industrial- research complex within the city of Davis, CA in which the Company is located.

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Jim Toreson, Director and CEO of Freedom Motors 

Dr. Toreson has over 16 years experience as a chief executive, and over 20 years experience in manufacturing, including quality control, materials management, JIT production, process control, and manufacturing engineering. He also has eight years of experience in flexible automation, statistical process control (SPC), and quality system including ISO 9000 and Six Sigma programs. More recently as the founder of ONSHORE, a management consulting firm specializing in technology-intensive products and services he has acted as the CEO of Chineseinvestors.com, an Internet portal serving the world-wide ethnic Chinese marketplace for financial services; VP of Marketing and Sales of APPIANT Technology, Inc., a NASDAQ company providing ASP services for speech recognition; and VP of Business Development for eSpaces, a company providing physically secure and cyber-secure work spaces. Dr. Toreson has a BSEE and MSEE from the University of Michigan, a Dr. of Science from the University of Nevada, and has completed coursework for his PhD EE at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Bruce Calkins, General Manager 

Mr. Calkins earned his B.S. in Management from the University of San Francisco in 1983 while working for Bechtel Petroleum. Mr. Calkins also holds an A.A. degree in Drafting Technology from American River College in Sacramento. A native of northern California, Mr. Calkins has worked in both public and private sector positions, managing technical teams of between 10 and 100+ specialists. Immediately prior to joining MI, Mr. Calkins oversaw technical services at all federal installations west of the Mississippi River for Intergraph Federal Systems, a Fortune 1000 computer systems integration firm. He was responsible for technical support of high-performance computer systems, software and consulting at over 120 client installations. In addition, he supervised many project-specific activities, including software product development using ISO 9000 production standards, hardware marketing, product planning and large-scale installation and benchmark programs throughout the United States and parts of Asia.

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Hugh Power, Director

Mr. Power earned his A.S. degree in Biology at Sierra Junior College, Rocklin, California and studied at the College of Oceaneering in Long Beach, California becoming a certified hard-hat diver. His 10-year underwater career took him to Manihi, Tahiti to manage the daily operations at the Societe de Manihi pearl farm for 3 years. Mr. Power is internationally renowned and recognized in the high-end jewelry and pearl industry, receiving numerous awards worldwide saluting his success as a jewelry designer. As president of Hugh Power Designs, from 1993 until present, Mr. Power can take credit for pioneering and introducing the infamous Black Pearls of Tahiti into the U.S. marketplace, as well as opening the first black pearl store in the U.S. As of 2006, Mr. Power has been CEO of CliC Venezuela and CliC South America, distributing CliC eyewear throughout Central and South America.

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George Stevens, Chief Engineer

Mr. Stevens has developed advanced two-stroke and rotary engine technology for over twenty years. With credentials in both Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Mr. Stevens brings diverse expertise in state-of-the-art engine technologies including hybrid, direct fuel injection, and high energy ignition systems. Furthermore, Mr. Stevens brings invaluable engine testing experience to the Moller development team including component-level hands-on setup of data acquisition systems and dynamometer test equipment. Mr. Steven’s primary focus is research of rotary engine combustion dynamics and flame propagation characteristics, and the challenges posed by the unique geometry of the rotary engine. The team’s development effort is focused on further improving the rotary engine power density, endurance, fuel efficiency, and emission performance. 

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Faulkner White, Director

Mr. White received his B.A. in Psychology (Distinction) with a minor in Computer Science from Dartmouth College in 1972. He has consulted for Apple Computer, Motorola and McDonnell Douglas. In 1995 Mr. White collaborated in the development of a new type of breast biopsy gun for Biopsys Medical Inc., developing software to track the efficacy of the new design for the FDA, and subsequently for the customers themselves. He is currently developing Customer Relationship Management software for the laser eye surgery and cosmetic surgery markets. Mr. White is also a certified DBA in Oracle database technology.

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Mike Shanley, Director

Mr. Shanley has been a pilot since 1969, serving with the Royal Australian Air Force in Vietnam in 1971 and has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Skycar project since 1987. Mr. Shanley has a BA in English Literature from the University of Queensland, Australia, is the author of the novel “Strela” and was a magazine publisher and editor from 1987 to 1996. He is presently co-director of a security company based in the United Kingdom providing security at Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester and Stansted airports. Mr. Shanley is also Chairman of Shanley International Ltd., a company set up specifically to facilitate trade with China.

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KEY TECHNICAL CONSULTANTS

  • Otto Scharft - has 25 years in engine development at OMC where he worked for over 10 years as Group Leader in rotary engine research. He was responsible for a number of new rotary engine designs.
  • Mike Griffith - Mr. Griffith joined the Company in 1987 as Manager of Engine Development. He earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan in 1964. Mr. Griffith has a 40-year history in Wankel engine development including Program Manager and Development Engineer at John Deere’s Wankel Engine Division (1984-1987), Senior Technical Specialist in the Wankel Engine Division of Curtiss-Wright (1979-1983), and Wankel Engine Project Engineer for Outboard Marine Corporation (1966-1974).

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