Our People

Management

Paul Willard Chute
Paul Willard Chute
CEO and 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 Operating Officer

Michael Urso is a Senior Executive with over 25 years of experience in the areas of Innovation, Business Development, Marketing, Operations Management, and Sales with companies ranging from startups to large $50 billion global corporations.
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. In 2008 Mike was named “Mentor of the Year” in the Pacific Northwest region for Cleantech Open, the nation’s largest clean technology startup accelerator program, whose charter is to find, fund, and foster entrepreneurs with ideas to solve our greatest environmental and energy challenges.
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; Global New Business Development Manager and Global Composite Materials Project Manager, Dow Chemical Company, Emulsion Polymers Division; Operations Manager, Dow Chemical, Chemical and Metals Divisions; North American Marketing Manager, Dow Chemical, Emulsion Polymers Division; and Canadian Marketing Manager, Dow Chemical, Emulsion Polymers Division.
Mike 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. He is also a co-inventor on four patents.
Mike maintains an active role in Spokane’s robust startup community. A citizen of both the USA and Canada, Michael enjoys all outdoor activities, but has a passion for skiing, hiking, mountain biking, golfing and kayaking.

Victoria Huang
Victoria Huang
Chief Financial Officer

Victoria has a wealth of experience in corporate compliance, regulatory and financial reporting, internal control, financial management and corporate finance. She has served as a consultant, controller, CFO and director for both U.S. and Canadian companies. Victoria is a CPA, CA of British Columbia. She has her First Class Honour's Degree in Accounting and Finance from Simon Fraser University, BC.

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.

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.

Lynn Petersen
Lynn Petersen
Director of 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.

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.

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.

Ginger Joseph
Ginger Joseph
Executive Associate

Ginger has over 30 years' experience supporting executive leadership in a variety of industries including government, travel, human resources and recruiting, technology, tax, finance, sales, marketing, precious metals, and new startup companies. She lives with her husband and enjoys riding their retired US Forest Service horse and taking care of their small but growing farm with their chickens, goats and two dogs.

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

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.