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.
Chief Marketing Officer
Ryan is a jack-of-all-trades, with quite a varied background. He earned a BS in Environmental Studies from Emory University, developing strong writing skills and a holistic, scientific approach to problem solving. Ryan spent his career thus far pursuing a wide range of interests, from retail management/marketing/merchandising to digital printing to photography to metal fabrication to video production. This broad array of skills is instrumental for Lit’s marketing and communication.
Director of Operations
Simona earned her 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.
Christina’s background is in Corporate and IP Law. She earned her J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law, following a dual degree in Economics and Russian from Georgetown University. Christina speaks several languages, and has additional experience with energy policy and government relations.
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.
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.
Vehicle Co-Architect & Systems Engineer
Eric 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 has grown his skills to incorporate engineering experience with design, and he now co-leads the overall vehicle architecture of the C-1.
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.
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.
Dynamics / Controls Engineering Consultant
Professor Bérénice Mettler joins us from the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Minnesota, where she runs the Interactive Guidance and Control Lab (IGCL) as a tenured associate professor. Her research focuses on guidance and control of aerial vehicles, performing difficult tasks in challenging environments. She explores both autonomous guidance systems and human interactive guidance, combining theory of controls and dynamics with psychology and neuroscience. Bérénice has published numerous articles from her research, studying real-time planning and decision making for dynamics systems, systemic integration of control, planning, and perceptual functions, and the principles of cognitive functions for spatial reasoning and adaptation. Prior to joining the faculty at U of M, Bérénice was a postdoctoral researcher and then research scientist at MIT’s Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS). She received her diploma in mechanical engineering from ETH (Switzerland) and doctorate in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
Dynamics / Controls Engineer
Luke comes to us from UC Davis, where he 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 has a deep passion for bicycles and two-wheeled vehicles.
Vehicle Safety / Mechanical Systems Engineer
Ankit graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he earned a M.Eng. Automotive Engineering after earning his B.E. Mechanical Engineering from Bharati Vidyapeeth University College of Engineering. His academic experience and work with John Deere and Tata Consultancy Services emphasized virtual modeling, FEA analysis, suspension design, and design for crashworthiness.
Embedded Systems / Mechatronics Engineer
Oliver bridges the gap between mechanical and electrical engineering, 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.
Electrical & Embedded Systems Engineer
Harsh 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.
Embedded Systems / Firmware Engineer
Abhijeet completed his M.S. Engineering (Embedded Systems) at the University of Pennsylvania. While 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 has worked on a variety of firmware/hardware projects, including mobile apps, sensors, and biomedical monitors.
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.