Danny Kim, CEO, Founder
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.
David Bailey, VP Controls
Mr. Bailey started his career designing controls for cabin pressure systems, actuator controls for missile and aircraft 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.
Stefano Villanto, CRO
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 Stromswald, VP CMG
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 systems 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 ever to fly; 2) the very small .006 Nm reaction wheels used to control a number of small spacecraft, including the two Grail spacecraft which recently completed 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.
Michael Bailey, VP Embedded Systems
Michael is a systems and software engineer with an incredibly diverse technical background. His skills include system level integration, board level integration, software system architecture, and software development. He has developed algorithms for image processing, precision IMU calibration, 3D graphics, radar based geo-location, digital signal demodulation, and calibration of north finding sensors, for which he was issued a patent. Michael has done system design and software architecture for a large variety of systems, including Hardware in the Loop Simulation, embedded data recorders, telescope pointing controllers, and servo motor controllers. Michael is also a software engineer comfortable working on realtime software and firmware on 20-processor SMP machines to multicore digital signal processors. Michael will be leading the firmware and embedded systems development for the C-1, bringing real world system design, system integration, software design and implementation.
Daniel Smith, VP Aero
Daniel Smith has over a decade of experience as an aerodynamicist for Williams F1 and BAR Honda. His work covers computational fluid dynamics and wind tunnel testing, as well as future car development. Daniel earned his MEng in Automotive Engineering at the University of Leeds after attending Barrow Sixth Form College.