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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.