Freedom Motors Management
Freedom Motors Board of Directors & Executive Management:
Paul S. Moller
David C. Sastry
Frank G. Verbeke
Paul S. Moller, PhD, President & CEO—Dr. Moller founded the Company and has served as the Company’s President since its formation. In 1972 he founded Supertrapp Industries and was Chief Executive Officer as Supertrapp became the most recognized international name in high-performance engine silencing systems. In 1983 he founded Moller International to develop powered lift aircraft. Supertrapp Industries was sold in 1988. Under Dr. Moller’s direction, Moller International completed contracts with NASA, NOSC, DARPA, NRL, Harry Diamond Labs, Hughes Aircraft Company, California Department of Transportation and the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force. These contracts included the development and deployment of numerous unmanned aerial vehicles and Wankel based engines. Dr. Moller has received 43 patents including the first U.S. patent on a fundamentally new form of powered lift aircraft. He holds a Masters in Engineering and Ph.D. from McGill University. Dr. Moller was a professor of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering at the University of California, Davis, from 1963 to 1975, where he developed the Aeronautical Engineering program.
Subhash Paluru, PhD, Executive Director of Business Development—Dr. Paluru has over two decades of experience in the utility industry with extensive knowledge and expertise in Power Systems Engineering, Power Operations, Power Marketing, SCADA Operations, Information Technology, Substation Automation, Reliability Compliance, Physical and Cyber Security. Dr. Paluru is a former Department of Energy Senior Executive. Dr. Paluru oversaw and managed the Sierra Nevada Regional Office of Western Area Power Administration in Northern California. He has also served in several leadership roles in Information Technology, Power Operations, Critical Infrastructure, Reliability Compliance, Physical and Cyber Security. Dr. Paluru has also advised several large utilities in the area of Technology and Innovation in the power industry for improving the operation and modernization of North America’s power transmission grid. Dr. Paluru holds a PhD in Physics in the field of High Temperature Superconductors and its applications.
David C. Sastry, Chief Operating Officer (COO)—David has many years of experience as a senior engineer at Intel Corporation, Freescale Semiconductor Inc, and Marvell Semiconductors Inc. More recently he has been a Principle Engineering Consultant for Infosys in their IoT Practice. David holds BSc and MSc degrees from Ohio State University in electrical engineering, with an emphasis on computer architecture and digital design. David is responsible for Freedom Motors and Moller International IT systems, managing our social media presence, and assisting in future business development. He developed the current FM and MI websites two years ago and has been maintaining them for us ever since.
George L. Stevens, Chief Engineer—Mr. Stevens has over 25 years of technical and managerial experience in developing rotary (Wankel) and two-stroke piston engines. Mr. Stevens’ background includes development and application of closed loop control methods for various direct, indirect, and port fuel injection systems, hybrid engine integration and control, and other various automotive/aircraft control systems. Furthermore, Mr. Stevens brings invaluable engine testing experience including data acquisition and dynamometer equipment. His work with Moller International and Freedom Motors is focused on further improving the rotary engine power density, endurance, fuel efficiency, and emission performance. Mr. Stevens holds a BSEET from Brigham Young University and BSME from California State University.
Jim Toreson, PhD, Director-Dr. Toreson has over 16 years experience as a chief executive, and over 20 years experience in manufacturing, including quality control, materials management, JIT production, process control, and manufacturing engineering. Eight years of experience in flexible automation, statistical process control (SPC), and quality system including ISO 9000 and Six Sigma programs. More recently as the founder of ONSHORE, a management consulting firm specializing in technology-intensive products and services he has acted as the CEO of Chineseinvestors.com, an Internet portal serving the world-wide ethnic Chinese marketplace for financial services; VP of Marketing and Sales of APPIANT Technology, Inc., a NASDAQ company providing ASP services for speech recognition; and VP of Business Development for eSpaces, a company providing physically secure and cyber-secure work spaces. Dr. Toreson has a BSEE and MSEE from the University of Michigan, a Dr. of Science from the University of Nevada, and has completed coursework for his PhD EE at the University of Pennsylvania.
John D'Alessandro, Director -Mr. D’Alessandro has over 40 years’ experience with design and management of engineering projects in the oil and gas industries. Mr. D’Alessandro started his career at FLUOR Corporation as a Pressure piping Designer. John possesses experience in many types of projects, both large and small in the waste water, landfill gas, oil production, and power sectors. Mr. D’Alessandro spent the last 25 years at SPEC Services, Inc. primarily as a Principal Project Manager and as the Process Systems Division Manager where he was responsible leading multiple discipline Refinery projects. Many were very complicated, critical or of high value.
Kerry K. Bryant, Director—Mr. Bryant has more than 25 years of successful experience in manufacturing, distribution, dealer, and retail businesses. His background in the powersports industry includes motorcycle, automotive, marine and industrial markets. Background based upon practical application and proven results of concept, design, research & development, manufacturing, marketing, accounting and sales. While working with Paul as SuperTrapp Industry’s Director of Sales and Marketing (1982-1993), Mr. Bryant helped position the company as one of the leading and most recognized performance exhaust system/muffler providers in the market. Mr. Bryant is a graduate of MTI Western Business College with a degree in Accounting and Business Mathematics and was a professional motorcycle roadracer for 13 years, winning many championships and track records – Grand National Circuit & World Championship. He has traveled extensively across the USA, Europe and Japan and is still active in the sport, as well as Motocross, Dirt track, SuperMotard. He is an “A” rated Racquet Ball player. President of Area P, Inc. (www.areapnolimits.com) , a design, engineering, R&D, and manufacturing facility serving the motorcycle and automotive industry.
Frank G. Verbeke, Director—Mr. Verbeke is the president and founder of Alturdyne, a company that designs and manufactures engine systems for commercial, industrial, and governmental applications using gas turbine, reciprocating, and rotary engines. His professional experience includes starting Verbeke and Associates, a consulting engineering firm supporting such firms as Solar, Lear Motors, Sun Electric, Universal Electric, etc., in the application of gas turbines within industry. Mr. Verbeke has a BSME from the University of Michigan, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in California, Nevada, Oregon, Arizona, and Virginia. He is a member of several professional organizations as well as an author of various technical papers and pending patents.
Mike Smith, Executive Advisor—Mike is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Acacia Security, a Maryland Corporation, providing consulting services to enhance the security and resilience of Energy Sector industrial control systems. Prior to founding Acacia Security, Mike was the Senior Cyber Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary in the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). He was responsible for coordinating all ICS cybersecurity activities that could impact the Energy Sector, to include legislation, policies, threat information sharing, best practices, and research and development. Mike established and led the Cybersecurity Risk Information Sharing Program (CRISP) with the Electricity Subsector; current participants provide electric power to more than half of the continental U.S. customers.
Prior to becoming Senior Cyber Policy Advisor, Mike stood up the Global Initiatives Directorate in the Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration (ISER) Division at DOE. As the first Director, he managed a team of nationally recognized subject matter experts with a multi-million-dollar budget. He led the effort to draft and execute an agreement with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to provide technical support designed to enhance the security of its critical energy infrastructure. He also co-led and/or supported U.S. delegations to the KSA, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and Colombia.
After retiring from the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps in 2004, Mike was a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH) until 2008 when he accepted a position at DOE. While at BAH, Mike supported several Department of Defense offices on a variety of critical infrastructure security programs, to include the Global Information Grid (GIG) Support to Mission Assurance Task Force as well as the Defense Industrial Base Information Assurance Task Force. Mike also supported the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Networks and Information Integration/CIO in preparing and publishing the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) sponsored white paper “Framework for Lifecycle Risk Mitigation for National Security Systems in the Era of Globalization”.
During Mike’s Army career, he served as a uniformed lawyer in a wide variety of domestic, international and combat deployed positions. In 1990, he deployed from Germany with his unit to Operation Desert Storm/Shield. On September 11, 2001 he was sitting in the Pentagon supporting the Army Operation Center as its resident legal advisor when the plane hit the building. Prior to attending college and law school, Mike served in the Air Force as a Ground Radio Repairman.
Mike holds a Master of Laws in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University and another Master of Laws in International and Operational Law from the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's School. Mike went to University of Oklahoma to get his JD and bachelor’s degree in Political Science and English.
Christopher Clay, Chief Fabricator and Machinist—Mr. Clay spent his early career working for the Naval Postgraduate Schools Turbo Propulsion Laboratory. As a Research Assistant and manufacturer, his experience includes axial compressors, propulsion, high speed flow, acoustic shocks, and renewable energy; completing contracts with DAARPA, Honeywell, Pratt and Whitney, and Rolls Royce. Although his main focus was vertical take-off using Cross Flow fan technology, overseeing the manufacturing of the first ever crossflow fan quadrotor. He is a seasoned machinist with experience in CNC programming and operation as well as manual milling and turning. He also has experience with carbon fiber/fiberglass composite mold making and manufacturing.