Our People

Management

Paul Willard Chute
Paul Willard Chute
Board Chairman

Paul has over 45 years of executive experience building or restructuring over 25 private and public companies. He specializes in Governance, Business Plans, Financing, Corporate Structure, Systems and Operational functionality. A strong believer in team management, Paul believes in cooperative processing with accountability. He served as CEO and CFO of Acadia National Health Systems. He earned his MBA in Business Management from Husson University and a BS in Accounting from the University of Maine.

Michael Urso
Michael Urso
Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Urso is a Senior Executive with over 25 years of experience in the areas of innovation, business development, marketing, operations management and sales. Mike is a skilled leader with an impressive track record of transforming companies with commodity based, or incremental innovation strategies into innovation leaders. He also has extensive experience mentoring startup companies in successfully moving many from concept to commercialization. Prior to his current position, Urso served as the Vice President of Product Innovation for Saint-Gobain’s North American Gypsum business. While in this position he moved Saint Gobain from a position of innovation follower to being the innovation leader in the North American gypsum industry. During his career Mike has also held leadership positions as Senior Principal Consultant, Sirti, a Washington State funded, high tech business incubator with a successful track record of launching new companies or guiding successful exits; Vice President of Marketing, Potlatch Corporation, Wood Products and Resource Management Divisions; and Global New Business Development Manager and Global Composite Materials Project Manager, Dow Chemical Company. An avid outdoorsman, Mike has a passion for skiing, hiking, mountain biking, golfing and kayaking. Mr. Urso received a BSc degree from the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and a MBA degree from Northwood University’s DeVos Graduate School of Management, Midland, Michigan.

Paul Porter
Paul Porter
President and Chief Technology Officer

Paul has been a hands-on engineer and manager for over 30 years. Founder and former president of Jetseal, Inc., a manufacturing firm specializing in cutting-edge seal design and other aerospace technologies, Paul now serves as Managing Partner and Chief Engineer at P.A. Industries, in addition to his work on the RadMax Rotary Cycle. He has an MBA from McNeese University and BS in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University.

Jeff White, CPA
Jeff White, CPA
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. White has over 30 years of experience in finance and business management. Jeff’s broad experiences in business management and corporate finance include CFO at Scafco Corporation and Spokane Seed Company, and as President and CFO of Garco Building Systems. He additionally served as Corporate Controller for Metropolitan Mortgage and Securities, Co. An outdoors enthusiast and fisherman, Jeff is a certified public accountant and earned his BS in Business from the University of Idaho.

Lynn Petersen
Lynn Petersen
Vice President, Business Development

An accomplished marketer and new product strategist, Lynn has over 30 years of leadership experience in technical sales, marketing, customer service, and business development management. He has worked with clients in the mining, industrial chemical, electronics, aerospace, and capital equipment industries. Lynn has a Masters of Science in Economics & Agricultural Engineering and a BS in Mechanized Agriculture from South Dakota State University.

Kyle Ahlgren, P.E.
Kyle Ahlgren, P.E.
Project Manager

Kyle is a Licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer with over 20 years of broad experience in mechanical systems design, project engineering, and manufacturing. His specific areas of expertise include material handling systems in the mining and mineral processing industry, equipment engineering in the semiconductor industry, and general consulting in the food processing and mining industry. Kyle received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Science and a Minor in Business Administration from Montana Tech of the University of Montana in Butte, MT.

Michel Garcia, PhD
Michel Garcia, PhD
Sr. Research Engineer

Michel has over 15 years of research, modeling, testing, and design experience for various aerospace and mechanical systems in both academic and private industry environments. Michel received his PhD degree in Aerospace Engineering from Carleton University, Ottawa, ON. His thesis focused on liquid-vapor phase change heat transfer where surface tension effects are significant. Michel’s experience also includes working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Calgary Gas Dynamics Laboratory, a Research and Test Engineer at Atlantis Research Labs, Inc. in Regina, SK working on natural gas incinerator development, and as a Rotary Engine Development Engineer at LiquidPiston Inc. in Bloomfield, CT.

Wes Cranmore
Wes Cranmore
Lead Machinist

Wes is a Machinist with a diversified background in welding, drafting, machine operation and metals fabrication. Carrying the ethics of hardworking entrepreneurship from his farm and ranch origins in Montana he has worked in various engineering, R&D and manufacturing environments. He holds an AAS in Metals Fabrication from Montana Tech where he also took part in the Undergrad Research Program for smog reduction in combustion engines. When not at work or in his home shop, he and his wife are skiing, biking or caring for their newborn.

Scott Johnson
Scott Johnson
Master Machinist / Manufacturing Advisor

Scott has over 40 years of precision machining technology and application experience with both numerical control and manually operated machines. A graduate of Fresno City and Los Angeles Community colleges, Scott is highly skilled in precision machining practices for product development, and has worked on many R&D and prototype projects in the aerospace and mining industries, and at job shops. Proficient with Okuma, Bridgeport and Haas programing, Scott is a dog lover and enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife of 25 years.

Consultants

Darin Redinger
Darin Redinger
Sr. Mechanical Engineer

Darin has been a mechanical engineer in various capacities for nearly 30 years. Working for both large companies and small, Darin has a wide-range of experience in the energy field. His efforts have helped improve performance and longevity of nuclear fuels in-reactor, as well as further the development of Stirling cycle-based power generators. He has a MS and BS in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University.

Dr. James Slinger
Dr. James Slinger
Investor Relations Advisor

Dr. Slinger is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at California State University, Fresno. He served as department chair and is a member of the American Philosophical Association. He has taught a wide range of courses, including critical thinking, logic, conceptual analysis, and philosophy of science. Dr. Slinger is a longtime shareholder who passionately believes in this technology and admirably server as the Company's Vice President of Communication & Investor Relations until his recent retirement.

Dr. Allen MacKnight
Dr. Allen MacKnight
Principle Engineer

Dr. MacKnight is a retired Corporate Fellow from Honeywell Aerospace. He has managed advanced applications engineering development and new product initiation and development. Projects include aircraft and spacecraft environmental controls; nuclear, biological, and chemical air purification; fuel cell power systems; advanced turbine power generation systems; and advanced space life support. He has worked on projects for NASA, the International Space Station, Airbus, the USAF, Allied Signal Aerospace, and Honeywell. Dr. MacKnight holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Utah.

Dr. Massimo
Dr. Massimo "Max" Capobianchi
Engineering Consultant

Dr. Capobianchi is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Gonzaga University and the department chair. His professional experience includes 10 years as a practicing mechanical engineer in industry and more than 20 years in academia. He has worked as a mechanical design engineer in the electronics field. He earned his BE, MS in Mechanical Engineering, and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from State University of New York.

Dr. Vladimir Labay
Dr. Vladimir Labay
Engineering Consultant

Dr. Labay is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Gonzaga University and the department chair. His professional experience includes 10 years as a lecturer and small business owner, and more than 17 years in academia. His research interests include modeling of and the development of microwave/millimeter-wave integrated circuit devices used in wireless and satellite communications, and has led the Gonzaga University initiative that focuses on developing the entrepreneurial mindset in undergraduate engineering and computer science students. He earned his BSc (EE) and MSc (EE) from the University of Manitoba, and a PhD (EE) from the University of Victoria.

R. L. Prowse
R. L. Prowse
Engineering Consultant

Ron is a retired oil and gas engineer who has worked internationally for Mobil then ExxonMobil. He has alternated between engineering and operations positions both offshore and onshore in Canada, Nigeria, Indonesia, Scotland, the U.S. and Equatorial Guinea. Ron began his career in research and is named on two patents. He holds a MS in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Alberta.