Founder / CEO / CTO
A native of Portland, Oregon, Dan studied Physics and Biology at Reed College. He interrupted his studies to get hands-on with vehicles, working as a Land Rover mechanic and earning ASE certification to rebuild automatic transmissions. Following a year of solo world travel, he embarked on the truck project that would lead to the inspiration for the C-1 and Lit Motors. After a short stint studying Architecture at UC Berkeley, Dan finished at the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Industrial Design and Sustainable Transportation. During and after his time at RISD, Dan also led several vehicle research teams at the MIT Media Lab.
Dan’s decade of experience in vehicle architecture, prototype development, and team-building encompasses all forms of transportation, from SUVs to electric scooters to titanium bicycles.
Stefano was the Executive Director of Sales & Marketing at Qoros Automotive, headquartered in China, since he joined the organization in 2008. Prior to joining Qoros, Stefano was a senior consultant in the Automotive and Assembly Practice at Mckinsey in Europe and Asia, he also worked at Agusta-Westland and Procter & Gamble. Stefano earned an MBA degree from INSEAD and a M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from UNIVERSITÀ DI ROMA TOR VERGATA. Today, he takes full responsibility for Lit Motors in AEV production planning, business strategy, and product definition.
Mr. Bailey started his career designing controls for cabin pressure systems, actuator controls for missile and air craft control surfaces, and engine controls. In 1987 Mr. Bailey took a position at Honeywell Space Systems, where he worked on scientific payloads, the Shuttle glass cockpit upgrade, reaction wheels and CMGs. In 1997 he discovered the first solution to the CMG array singularity problem, and was on a team that found additional solution methods which led to six patents. He was the principal investigator on a classified optimum CMG array study, and has continued to do research on CMG array optimization. Mr. Bailey consulted on CMG based attitude control systems for five satellites.
VP CMG Systems
Eric is President and Chief Engineer of Cayuga Astronautics. He founded the company in 2013 to fill the void left in the market by the closure of Ithaco Space Systems. The first 6 Magnetic Torquer Bars designed and manufactured by Cayuga Astronautics are scheduled to launch in late 2015. Eric has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering and a Ph.D. in Materials Science. Eric has 15 years of experience developing attitude control system for spacecraft including: 1) the very powerful, extremely low jitter, 2 Nm reaction wheels currently controlling a number of large satellites including the GeoEye 1 spacecraft which when launched was the highest resolution earth imaging commercial satellite every to fly; 2) the very small .006 Nm reaction wheels used to control an number of small spacecraft including the two Grail spacecraft which recently complete an ultra precise gravity map of the moon; 3) the tiny 0.31 Nms CMG used to control the attitude of the extremely agile Violet Spacecraft; 4) the huge 2300 Nms Next Generation Control Moment Gyro for the Naval Research Labs.
Pam has a background in several aspects of law, earning her J.D. from UC Hastings after a B.A. from UC Davis. Her law experience ranges from corporate to IP to employment to municipal, including work with several tech and startup companies. Pam also speaks several languages.
Transportation Design / Design Strategy
Natalia studied at the Art Center College of Design, where she earned her B.S. in Transportation Design. She’s worked with a variety of automotive OEMs, from Ford to Renault, on projects ranging from luxury cars to future mobility concepts. Natalia concentrates on design, branding, and marketing strategies.
Controls / Mechatronics Engineer
Willy paused his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a double MS in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering focusing on embedded systems, controls, and robotics. While at UPenn, Willy co-developed MLE+, a co-simulation toolbox for design and deployment of energy-efficient building controls; worked on a robotic centipede; and helped create a self-reconfigurable, self-reassembling modular robot. Willy also worked with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on a campus-wide integrated building energy simulation project.
Embedded Systems / Firmware Engineer
Tom graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied both Electrical Engineering and Engineering Entrepreneurship. In addition to co-founding a biomedical company, Tom’s extensive list of projects ranges from useful (Adaptive Traffic System) to humorous (Sleepless Cap, LIDAR Sentry Gun) to just plain cool (ScratchTable). Tom has a broad range of experience across a variety of software and hardware.