Gerald Jay Sanders
skyTran Chairman and CEO
Jerry Sanders, a former Navy SEAL, a member of the New York and California Bar Associations, an Associate Fellow and faculty member at Oxford University’s Saïd Graduate School of Business and advisor to foreign (non-US) governments, is an honors graduate of Queens College and of The University of Texas Law School. He holds post-graduate Certificates in German Socio-economics from The Goethe Institute of Bonn, Germany, and in Comparative Constitutional Law from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He is also the founder of San Francisco Science™, a storied technology group, and of The Triana Group™, an EU/US technology accelerator. Jerry is also an advisor to the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and is a member of its Graduate Business School’s consortia for the globalization of technology development. He is the founder of FASE: The French American Society of Entrepreneurs. He served as US State Department accredited Honorary Consul for The Republic of Haiti.
John V. Cole
skyTran CTO and Director
John Cole comes to skyTran after a distinguished career in both the government and private industry. After graduation from the U.S. Military Academy, he served as a platoon leader and company executive officer in intelligence and aviation brigades of an Army infantry division. John’s service included work on top secret guided missile systems and ballistic systems. He also managed the overseas deployment of personnel and equipment and served as liaison between U.S. and foreign commanders while a military officer. In the private world, John led a team that built and installed 120kW turbine from concept to finish in 5 months. He also secured CRM/ERP software for a multi-office building products company. Among his other exceptional accomplishments were the equipment used to fabricate DNA microarrays and the development of software and opto-mechanical systems for precisely aligning masks and wafers.
Dr. Robert Baertsch
skyTran Chief Scientist
skyTran is fortunate to have Robert Baertsch providing his extensive software expertise to the company. Robert has a BA in Electrical Engineering from SUNY, Stony Brook and a PhD in Computational Biology from the Center for Bio-Molecular Science and Engineering at UC, Santa Cruz. At Brookhaven National Labs, Robert worked for the Instrumentation Division where he built detectors for high-energy physics experiments. Robert also was employed at the United Nations where he led a worldwide team of software developers. He also wrote the software for the computer cluster used to analyze mammalian genomes looking for patterns of evolution in the Human Genome Project. Robert has published over 20 peer-reviewed publications (including “Science, Nature, PLoS and PNAS”). He is responsible for skyTran’s linear synchronous motor control software.
J. Lee Wamble
skyTran VP Maglev and Director
J. Lee Wamble has a combination of skills that suit his position with skyTran perfectly. His BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington was centered on analog circuit design, electromagnetics and network analysis. In addition to a career manufacturing professional sound reinforcement equipment, Lee is also an expert in linear motor principles as applied to electro-acoustic transducers. He has manufactured precision automated machinery for the aerospace industry and was instrumental in producing proprietary designs for essential hardware in the areas of magnetic levitation, linear propulsion and switching. Among his many notable achievements was managing technical work on a four-year U.S. government research grant as a Senior Electromagnetics Engineer focusing on levitation, linear propulsion, and switch design.
skyTran VP Mechanical Engineering
skyTran is very fortunate to have mechanical engineer Clark Foster with a history of effective solutions. His first patent was issued while he was a design engineer at Boeing’s wind tunnel complex. Clark is a named inventor on over 160 US patents and has been awarded “Prolific Inventor” by the U.S. Patent office. Clark has a BSME from University of Washington. His career includes being an Expert Witness with the Securities and Exchange Commission. His experience spans wind tunnel testing of hypersonic space vehicle re-entry concepts to military tilt-rotor aircraft. Invited into the field of medical devices development, Clark has contributions from ETO sterilization tech, multiple surgical instruments for treating glaucoma and laparoscopic procedures. Clark has worked on the design, building, and commission of manufacturing plants requiring the coordination of multiple trades and regulatory agencies. His work included a DNA analyzer that won a prestigious “Design Excellence Award”. Clark joined the skyTran project in 2002 and has contributed to its refinement into a solid transportation solution with a proven technical foundation.
skyTran VP, India
Ankur Bhatnagar, based out of New Delhi, India, leads skyTran’s Indian initiatives. Holding a B. Tech from the storied Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, he also has an M. Tech. degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from the equally prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. Ankur has 17 years of experience perfecting the interface between technology and business. His primary expertise is in driving and commercializing technological innovations. Besides skyTran, Ankur has worked in the areas of mobile commerce, mobile applications, social networks, media technologies and other such emerging technologies. He has previously worked with companies including Wipro, Miebach Consulting, PricewaterhouseCoopers and 2ergo.
Douglas J. Malewicki
skyTran Founder and Chief Visionary
skyTran’s founder and visionary, Doug Malewicki, is a graduate of Stanford University with degrees in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. Doug worked as a Structural Dynamics engineer at North American Aviation’s Space Division, where all the Astronaut capsules for the NASA Apollo Missions to the moon were built. He worked on Northrop’s B-2 stealth aircraft as a Senior Technical Specialist in Advanced Composites Manufacturing. He has been a Certified Contractor for DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), where he invented new morphing wing UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles). Doug also holds two official Guinness World Records for MPG efficiency. He was a Bonneville Salt Flats land speed record team member on both the world’s fastest electric car, the White Lightning, which reached an incredible 245.523 mph (395 kph) and for the world’s fastest pedal bicycle, where Olympic cyclist, John Howard, pulverized the old motor paced record with an average speed over the measured mile of 152.2 mph (245 kph)!
AIA, LEED AP
skyTran Conceptual Architect
George Loisos, AIA, is a founding partner of Loisos + Ubbelohde, an architecture and consulting firm specializing in sustainable design and high performance buildings. Mr. Loisos has extensive design and research experience, including work on lighting controls and design, software for energy modeling, daylighting metrics and whole building energy performance. His projects have received 29 AIA awards, three AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects, and three LEED platinum certifications. Mr. Loisos previously lead research programs in building energy use at the University of California, San Diego, and the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and served as the architectural program coordinator for PG&E, directing groundbreaking projects in daylighting design and productivity. As project manager and research lead for the California Energy Commission, he coordinated research and product development on energy efficient lighting and lighting controls. His work has recently been featured in Design Informed: Driving Innovation with Evidence-Based Design and “Transparency: Literal and Sustainable” in Architectural Record.
skyTran Attorney in Israel
Amir Halevy has extensive experience in the fields of Technology and Venture Capital representing numerous venture capital funds and Israeli start up enterprises, including several that have gone on to become publicly traded companies. He represents companies publicly traded both in Israel and the U.S. and has been involved in securities litigation matters in Israel. Amir has been instrumental in the adoption of legislation and regulations that affect investment in Israeli technology companies. He has counseled international investment banks in connection with their activities in the Israeli and international markets, as well as in connection with privatization of government companies in Israel. According to “Chambers Global” the World’s Leading Lawyers 2008 Clients Guide, Managing Partner Amir Halevy garners respect as “a terrific technical lawyer who really knows his venture capital.” Elected three times as a member of the Israel Venture Association’s board of directors, he has played a key role in shaping the market. A venture capital guru, Amir earns respect from peers as “a true professional who knows his stuff.”
Matt Todd serves as the Administrative Partner at Novak Druce and is the Co-Chair of the firm’s New Ventures & Corporate Transactions Practice. He counsels clients on all aspects of domestic and international patent, trademark and copyright use, registration, enforcement, and licensing. He has managed the trademark portfolios of major U.S. consumer product manufacturers and has extensive experience in domestic and international trademark selection, clearance, use, protection, registration, enforcement, licensing, and merchandising. Mr. Todd counsels clients regarding branding, marketing, advertising and competition strategy, ecommerce issues including domain disputes, privacy, advertising, and intellectual property concerns. He structures, drafts and negotiates settlement, license, joint development, technology sharing, and master service agreements. Mr. Todd is also an experienced litigator in the field of intellectual property involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, false advertising, unfair competition, and trade secrets. He works closely with client management to design and implement intellectual property asset management strategies and processes to capture technology and create value from intellectual property portfolios.
Andrew Z. Weaver
Andrew Z. Weaver’s practice is focused on the prosecution and reexaminations of patents. He has participated in writing and prosecuting patents relating to technologies in the complex mechanical arts field, electronic communications devices, small engines, automotive accessories, cutting tools, and various aspects of the automotive and heavy vehicle industry including engines, transmissions, suspension and communication systems. Mr. Weaver has also participated in preparation of opinions and reexamination proceedings relating to electronic and mechanical technologies. He has participated in both ex parte and inter partes reexaminations. Mr. Weaver has participated in the licensing and worldwide portfolio development of several clients. He has coordinating filings with foreign agents in Australia, China, France, Germany, Korea, Japan, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Prior to graduating from law school, he was involved in the design of metering systems to measure the flow of liquids and gases.
Christopher H. Perkins
Former CEO and Chief Government Officer
The skyTran Team is saddened by the death of our longtime colleague and former skyTran CEO, Chris Perkins. He passed away on October 9, 2014, surrounded by family and friends after a valiant battle with a prolonged illness. Chris was a backbone to this company and in his last skyTran role as our Chief Government Officer he was incomparable. His calm demeanor, wise counsel, and positive outlook were such a joy to behold. He was not just our colleague, but our good friend as well.
A graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz (B.A.), and of the University of Southern California (M.A.), Chris’ noted accomplishments were in the field of mechanized, elevated transportation systems and included developing cutting-edge optical technology and manufacturing systems for Universal Studios, Six Flags, NBCTV and the J. Paul Getty Museum.