Founder / President / CEO
A native of Portland, Oregon, Dan’s foundation in transportation began at Reed College, where he studied Physics and Biology. His creative drive was nurtured while studying Architecture at UC Berkeley, finishing at the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Industrial Design and Sustainable Transportation. While studying at RISD, he also led several vehicle research teams at the MIT Media Lab.
Dan’s eight years of experience in vehicle architecture, prototype development, and team building encompasses all forms of transportation, ranging from electric scooters to titanium bicycles.
Chief Marketing Officer
Ryan is a jack-of-all-trades kinda guy, with quite a varied background. He earned a BS in Environmental Studies from Emory University, developing strong writing skills and a holistic approach to problem solving. Ryan spent his career thus far pursuing interests, from retail management/marketing/merchandising to digital printing to photography to metal fabrication to video production. This wide range of skills is instrumental in taking Lit’s marketing campaigns from concept to reality.
Director of Operations
Simona has an extensive business background, holding an MBA (Marketing + Finance concentrations) from University of San Francisco, and a BA in Economics from Boston University. She has also studied entrepreneurship and innovation in developing countries, focusing on Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay, as well as managing a portfolio of microloans in emerging markets. Prior to joining the Lit team, Simona worked in business strategy, marketing, analytics, and research for 3Degrees, Fisher Investments, and State Street Corporation.
Vehicle Co-Architect & Systems Engineer
Eric is our resident digital design wizard. He studied Transportation Design at Art Center College of Design, earning a BS as well an exclusive graduation show at the Honda Advanced R+D Gallery. His exceptional digital and analog design, modeling, prototyping, and fabrication skills were further developed through his work with Dassault Systèmes and Eleven. Eric is invaluable in bringing the C-1 concept to reality.
Enoch comes to us from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, where he earned a BS with Honors in Transportation Design. While at Art Center, he worked with Mitsubishi and Honda to develop creative electric transportation solutions for South Africa and Malaysia. Enoch further experimented with electric and concept vehicles with Acton, Inc., and Katzkin. His fresh take on vehicles will inform the design of the C-1 with innovative ideas.
IP / Contracts Manager
Christina has a deep background in Corporate and IP Law, earning her J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law, following a dual degree in Economics and Russian from Georgetown University. She speaks several languages, and has additional experience with energy policy and government relations. Christina’s background makes her quite valuable in managing our contracts and intellectual property.
Embedded Systems Engineer
Harsh’s experience with electric vehicle powertrains is instrumental in bringing both the C-1 and the scooter to market. He holds a B.Eng. from Sathyabama University and a MS Eng. in Embedded Systems from UPenn, where he worked on EV powertrains, energy efficiency, and automation. Harsh has also worked with Wipro Technologies, developing automotive embedded systems. Among others, Harsh was awarded in 2012 by the Korea Embedded Software Industry Council for his work in extending the battery life/range for EVs, and by Honeywell Process Solutions in 2011 for his work in wireless control.
Sachin has a decade of industry experience working with control moment gyroscopes – the core of the C-1′s gyro stability system – with both Space Systems Loral and Lockheed Martin. He holds an M.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in Dynamics, Systems, and Control (DSC) from Cornell University, which followed a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley. Sachin’s knowledge and experience with autonomous controls are crucial to developing the C-1′s gyro stability system.
Dynamics / Controls Engineer
Luke comes to us from UC Davis, where he recently completed his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. While there he studied bicycle dynamics, co-authoring an NSF grant (as Dale L. Peterson) and developing a self-balancing robotic bicycle. This followed eight years of honorable service in the US Marine Corps – achieving the rank of Sergeant – as well as a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Santa Barbara. As demonstrated through several published academic papers and his completion of three double-centuries (200 miles ridden in one day), Luke’s passion for bicycles and deep understanding of bicycle dynamics are essential to making the C-1 a reality.
Embedded Systems / Firmware Engineer
Abhijeet recently completed his M.S. Engineering (Embedded Systems) at the University of Pennsylvania. There he worked alongside Harsh on several projects, including an experimental platform for EV control which was awarded the Richard K Dentel Memorial Prize in Urban Transportation. Abhijeet previously earned his B.E. from the University of Mumbai, one of the top engineering programs in the world. Abhijeet’s work on a variety of firmware/hardware projects, including mobile apps, sensors, and biomedical monitors, gives him the experience to help develop the firmware and embedded systems for the C-1.
Embedded Systems / Mechatronics Engineer
Oliver is an engineering jack-of-all-trades, double-majoring in Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences (EECS) and Mechanical Engineering, then following that with an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering—all from UC Berkeley. In addition to developing an autonomous RC car and a robot that can probably play drums better than you in Rock Band, Oliver worked with Luke at UC Davis on the robotic bicycle project. Oliver’s ability to blur the line between mechanical and electrical engineering is essential to developing the C-1.
Embedded Systems / Firmware Engineer
Thomas is a recent grad 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’s broad range of experience across a variety of software and hardware is a boon to the C-1 development.
Mechanical Design Engineer
Colin joins us fresh out of UC Davis, where he earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. His studies included graduate-level courses in controls and mechatronics, as well as a variety of hands-on manufacturing/fabrication projects. Colin is working closely with Eric and Enoch to bridge the gap between design and engineering as we develop the C-1.
David studied Linguistics and Studio Art at Reed College, where he also hosted a college radio show. Another jack-of-all-trades, David’s experience ranges from event planning to management to ship building. This varied background makes David our go-to person for anything from client relations to vehicle fabrication.