Daniel Kim

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 Villanti

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.

Eric Stromswold

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.

Pamela Ng

Legal Counsel

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.

Eric Miller

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.

Willy Bernal

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.

Our Advisors

Amory Lovins

Advisor

We are extremely proud to have energy guru Amory Lovins on our advisory board. Amory is a physicist, environmental scientist, and prolific author. He is currently Chairman/Chief Scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute, the sustainability organization he co-founded in 1982. His pioneering energy studies began at Harvard and Oxford, eventually leading him back to the US to settle in Colorado. Amory’s concepts of soft energy paths, the negawatt, and the hypercar have influenced countless people and organizations. Amory was named a MacArthur Fellow in 1993, and in 2009, Time Magazine named him as one of the world’s 100 most influential people.

Diego Miralles

Design Director

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Diego grew up in some of the most contaminated air in the country. Diego has committed most of his education and career to finding and supporting sustainable solutions for today’s pressing mobility needs. Diego’s success stories include the Reva Electric Car, a clean congestion and air quality solution for the UK, and the ICON A5, winner of several significant patents and the prestigious DOT award for innovation. Diego lead the BMW AG team to redefine alternate manufacturing, marketing and design technology methods. His international career brought him to YUNEEC in Shanghai, China to design the eSpyder, the world’s first mass produced electric aircraft for public consumption, and several solar electric boat concepts. Diego helped develop Samsung’s first EV prototypes and is currently the Product Design Director of Samsung’s most recent acquisition, SmartThings. Diego is also an instructor at Art Center College of Design teaching core transportation courses.

 

Yoky Matsuoka

Technical Advisor

Yoky Matsuoka is currently VP of Technology at Nest. After an impressive-yet-short tennis career (once ranked 21st in Japan), she pursued a BS from UC Berkeley and an MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. Through her work at Barrett TechnologyCarnegie Mellon UniversityUniversity of Washington, and as Head of Innovation at Google, Yoky has combined neuroscience and robotics to pioneer a new field she refers to as “neurobotics“. She has been widely recognized for her work, and in 2007 was named a MacArthur Fellow.

Yves Béhar

Design / Branding Advisor

Yves Béhar is a designer and entrepreneur, best known as co-founder and principal designer of award-winning industrial design and branding firm Fuseproject. His design work integrates sustainability and social good with commercially-successful products, with a top client list including MINI, General Electric, Prada, Samsung, and many more. Yves is the Chief Industrial Designer of the One Laptop per Child (OPLC) XO laptop, and is a member of the Founder’s Circle of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. He also serves as Chief Creative Officer for Jawbone, as well as collaborating with several other companies including Herman Miller and Mission Motors. In addition to his work with OPLC, Yves worked in NYC to reduce HIV/AIDS and in Mexico and SF to distribute free custom-designed eyeglasses to students. His long list of recognitions and accolades includes solo exhibitions at SF MOMA, being named one of TIME’sTop 25 Visionaries“, and Design Museum London’s “Design of the Year“. We are honored to have Yves’ assistance with the design and branding of the C-1 and Lit Motors.

Mason Peck

Technical Advisor

Professor Mason Peck has held a faculty position in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University since 2004. His research focuses on, among other topics: spacecraft systems, attitude dynamics, control, navigation, and robotic systems. For two years, Mason served as NASA’s Chief Technologist, and prior to his time at Cornell he spent a decade working with Honeywell and Boeing. He has authored over ninety academic articles and holds seventeen patents. Mason holds a Ph.D and MS in Aerospace Engineering from UCLA,  an MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago, and a BS in Aerospace Engineering and BA in English from the University of Texas, Austin. Mason’s extensive experience with satellite and spacecraft navigation, controls, and dynamics are essential to developing the C-1′s gyro stability system.

Jason Hill

Design Advisor

Jason Hill began his exemplary design career at Art Center College of Design, where he graduated with honors and now teaches Industrial Design. He worked with Mercedes-BenzSamsung Motors, and Porsche before founding Eleven, a design studio focused on eco-friendly design and alternative fuels. He also served as Director of Design for Aptera Motors, an innovative automotive startup that made astounding achievements in efficiency and aerodynamic design.

Jon Koomey

Advisor

Jon Koomey is a consulting professor at Stanford University, and has also recently taught at Yale and UC Berkeley. He serves on the editorial board of the journal Contemporary Economic Policy, is a research affiliate of the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley, and is an advisor for Wattbot. For over eleven years, Jon led Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories‘ End-Use Forecasting group, analyzing markets for efficient products/technologies and developing recommendations for policymakers at the EPA and DOE. He holds MS and PhD degrees from the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley, and a BA in History of Science from Harvard. A prolific author, Jon has authored or co-authored eight books and 150+ articles and reports on energy efficiency and supply-side power technologies, energy economics, energy policy, environmental externalities, and global climate change. He has been widely decorated for his work, including being named an AT&T Industrial Ecology Fellow and a Google Science Communications Fellow.

Mark Thorogood

Production Advisor

Mark Thorogood has over 25 years experience in Automotive Development in both the UK and Germany. He has experience managing a wide variety of functions in the development process, specializing in Forward Concept Definition, Product Development, and Supply Chain Management. A mechanical engineer by training – B.Sc. (Honours) from the University of Birmingham – he spent 18 years with BMW, following 7 years with the Rover Group. Currently a Senior Program Manager at Tesla Motors, Mark’s extensive background in Automotive Development will be essential to bringing the C-1 to production.