Don Montague, co-Founder and interim CEO
holds multiple patents and patents-pending on innovations in both sports and energy systems. During his tenure as Head Sail Designer at Gaastra Sails and, subsequently, as Head of R&D for Naish International, he was responsible for innovations in design and manufacturing.
Damon Vander Lind, Chief Engineer
leads the engineering team at Makani Power. He holds degrees in physics and electrical engineering/computer science from MIT, and has been responsible for many aerodynamic, electromechanical, and structural elements at Makani including the system architecture currently being tested, quiet hybrid turbine/propeller blades, and a predictive controller, which have led to numerous patents pending.
Eric Chin, Avionics Team Lead
is an Electrical Engineer who designs avionics systems at Makani. He has a Masters degree from Stanford, and studied as an undergraduate at the University of Idaho where he was involved in several NASA microgravity research projects. Prior to joining the team at Makani, he worked on telemetry systems at Sandia National Laboratories.
Geoffrey Dolan, Energy Systems Team Lead
is responsible for the development of Makani’s lightweight power electronics. He previously worked on data chain design for the Landsat Data Continuity Mission and control systems for electrosurgery generators and microfluidic valves. He has also designed electronics for motor drives and for high-power, high-voltage medical devices.
Paula Echeverri, Testing Team Lead
is an aerospace engineer from MIT with advanced degrees in both mechanical and ocean engineering. Her PhD work on ocean dynamics honed her skills to effectively collect and process data in non-ideal
conditions at sea, which she applies to the Makani testing program. Paula has published several articles on the development and experimental validation of analytic models of geophysical systems.
Brian Hachtmann, Ground Station Team Lead
is responsible for the development of integrated ground station platforms for Wing 7 and future Makani Power systems. He holds degrees from Cal Poly and Stanford, where he focused on Mechatronics, Biomechanics, and Design. Prior to Makani he developed key patented battery design and battery manufacturing technologies at Tesla Motors critical to the development and release of the Model S.
Kenneth Jensen, Control Systems Team Lead
is a physicist specializing in the development of sensing technologies with advanced degrees from MIT and U.C. Berkeley. His patented work has won numerous awards, including the TR10 Emerging Technologies Award, and has been featured on the covers of publications ranging from Nature Nanotechnology to Scientific American.
Robert Nelson, Structures Team Lead
has a background in heavy machinery, construction, and fabrication. He played a key role in the development of three deployable testing platforms and contributed to the development of an autonomous flight controller as a system test pilot.
Alex Wickersham, Pylon Team Lead
graduated with his mechanical engineering degree from UC Santa Barbara and specializes in aeronautic composites. Prior to Makani, he worked at Joby Energy where he assembled prototypes, integrated avionics and supported the testing team.
Alden Woodrow, Business Team Lead
directs Makani’s strategy, business development, finance, and partnership efforts. He previously worked for a power project developer financing utility-scale wind farms, and as an economic and environmental consultant on topics ranging from climate policy to dog house manufacturing. Alden is a graduate of Middlebury College and holds an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.