Our People

Management

Paul Willard Chute
Paul Willard Chute
Board Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer

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 previously served as CEO, of Regi U.S., Inc., and the associated companies Reg Technologies, Rand Energy Group, Inc. and Minewest Inc., from its June 2016 restructuring until April, 2018. Mr. Chute has also served as CEO, CFO and Board Chairman for multiple companies including Acadia National Health Systems, and Western Maine Health Care, and has served on multiple affiliated companies, civic boards and organizations. He earned his MBA in Business Management from Husson University and a BS in Accounting from the University of Maine. Mr. Chute also held advanced certifications as a Diplomat of the American College of Health Care Executives and a Fellow in the Health Care Financial Management Association, from which both he has retired.

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.

Michael Urso
Michael Urso
Vice President of Operations

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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.