Our Mission

At Hinetics we are dedicated towards advanced electromechanical energy conversion solutions for a sustainable future. Our dedicated team of engineers are working on high-frequency, high field, air-core machine technology to push the limits of power density and efficiency in electric power generation and electric propulsion applications.

Our Team

Hinetics brings together both stalwarts in the industry and new faces to form a dynamic team to solve challenges in electric machinery. We have decades of experience in the field and have demonstrated several technologies up to megawatt scale for aerospace applications

Danny Lohan

Has several years experience in multi-physics simulation and numerical optimization. He previously held leadership roles within the NSF Engineering Research Center for Power Optimization of Electro-Thermal Systems (POETS). Danny is in charge of operations at Hinetics and aids in optimization work. He has a degree from Illinois in Systems and Entrepreneurial Engineering

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Dr. Kiruba Haran

Dr. Haran has over 20 years of experience in developing electric machinery. He spent 13 year at General Electric including 4 years heading wind generator R&D. At GE he developed and validated mega-Watt scale superconducting machines for airborne power systems. At Hinetics, he focuses on the development of compact air-core electric machines pushing forward his patented technology.

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Dr. Andy Yoon

Andy has several years experience in developing high speed motors and drives at the Megawatt scale. He was the Entrepreneurial Lead of an NSF I-CORPS project focusing on high specific power machines. Andy focuses on the development of high power density machines, and is the Principal Investigator on related research projects at Hinetics. Andy has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Illinois.

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Dr. Jonathon Schuh

Jonathon has a PhD in Mechanical and Systems Engineering from Illinois. He is an experienced experimentalist and mathematical modeler. Jonathon leads mechanical design and analysis at Hinetics.

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Peter Xiao

Peter is a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign focused on electric power engineering. He has a passion for avionics and at Hinetics he works on propulsion system integration and computer aided design of aircraft structures.

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Noah Salk

Noah is currently a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying electrical engineering. His interests span electrical machines and drives, renewable energy, and electric aircraft. At Hinetics he works on prototyping and testing of novel machines.

 

Dr. Sheppard Salon

Dr. Salon has over 35 years of experience working with electric machine technologies. Particularly with physics based modeling tools, for which he has launched commercial products. At Hinetics, he leads efforts into navy programs related to quiet electric machines.

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Dr. Jayant Sabnis

Dr. Sabnis has over 35 years of experience in aerospace systems, and provides guidance on system integration. He is also engaged in teaching and research at MIT. Prior to that, he was Vice President, Engineering, at Pratt & Whitney, responsible for providing leadership to about 3,000 engineers.  Earlier, he was Chief, System Functional Design and responsible for functional design of all P&W Engines.  Dr. Sabnis played the leading role in defining the functional architecture for the Pratt & Whitney PurePower® Geared Turbofan Engine family, and securing air-framer/airline acceptance of this step change in engine architecture.

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Roland Garton

Roland has over two decades of program and project management, grant writing, and administration experience. At Hinetics, Roland's accounting and project management expertise have been crucial for early success.

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Advisory Board

Dr. Jim Lyons

Jim Lyons was formerly Chief Engineer for Electrical Technologies at GE Research serving as technology leader and mentor for a 250-member global team. He championed GE's entry into renewables in 2002, which quickly grew to $8B annual revenue. Jim is a chief technologist for the venture investment teams at the Capricorn Investment Group and Energy Innovation focused on the creation and growth of clean/renewable energy companies. Jim advises Hinetics to grow from startup to a signature business.

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Dr. Peter Sauer

Pete Sauer spent over 40 years as an Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty at the University of Illinois, and is now an Emeritus Professor. Pete has served as a Program Director at NSF, and as cofounder and site director of the Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSERC). He is a cofounder of PowerWorld Corporation and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1996-2001. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia and Illinois, a Fellow of the IEEE, and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. Pete retired from the Air Force reserves as a Lt. Col. in 1998.