Harbor Wing’s management team is an exceptionally strong combination of mature and proven experts in the core strategic and professional competencies that development and marketing of the AUSV and WingSailTM technology require. Through their experience, personal relationships and reputations, they provide unparalleled insight and connectivity to key military, government agency and Congressional decision-makers who control the AUSV’s revenue sources, and to innovators and first-adopters who will drive market acceptance of WingSailTM technology in recreational and commercial vessel sectors.
Stuart Franklin Platt
Admiral Platt initiated the AUSV’s application to military and government missions. His primary responsibilities include defining the company’s vision, establishing strategic relationships with customers and suppliers, and guiding the development and marketing of the product line. Admiral Platt’s distinguished military career included service as the Navy’s first Competition Advocate General (appointed by President Reagan to be the Navy’s top businessman in uniform), responsibility for acquisition of aircraft carriers and submarines, senior leadership on Admiral Hyman G. Rickover’s personal staff, and highly-decorated service in Vietnam.
His extensive experience in the defense industrial sector includes service as a member of the corporate board of DRS Technologies, Inc., a multi-billion-dollar-per-year supplier of high-technology defense electronics and President and CEO of Western Marine Electronics, a leader in advanced commercial marine sonar systems; Chairman of the Ex-Wornick Company, suppliers of Combat and Humanitarian rations to the Department of Defense, and President of DRS Technologies Data Systems Group, where he led the growth of DRS Precision Echo, a supplier of combat aircraft recording equipment.
Admiral Platt holds an MS (Operations Analysis) from the Simon Graduate School of Business, as well as a BS degree from the University of Rochester, and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He is the published author of two books (The Armament Tide: Rearming America, and Letters from the Front Lines: Iraq and Afghanistan) and numerous Op-Ed and scholarly works. He is a former Wall Street Journal Scholar and is a graduate of the Executive Program at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Larry A. Colangelo
Mr. Colangelo has twice served as the CEO of SPD Technologies through two different highly-successful management buy-outs. SPD is a designer and manufacturer of a wide variety of electrical products and systems for the Navy and the aerospace, utility, and rail markets. Under his watch, revenues reached $230 million with 1,500 employees. SPD has subsequently merged with L-3 Communications. Mr. Colangelo is now a partner at MidMark Capital, a private equity firm that provided the capital for one of the SPD buy-outs. He has served on the boards of numerous companies throughout his career. Mr. Colangelo earned a BA at Rowan University and an MBA from Xavier University.
Mr. Ott is an accomplished open-ocean sailor who co-founded Harbor Wing Technologies, Inc. and initiated the AUSV concept. Mr. Ott directs the prototype vessel design, engineering and production, and leads Harbor Wing's team of naval architects and aeronautical, robotics and electronics consultants. He will guide multiple vessel serial production, including assembly and outfitting of the AUSV modular hulls, final vessel assembly and certification for operation at sea. Mr. Ott previously founded and managed the leading Rolls Royce automotive repair facility in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Ken ChildressDirector and Executive Vice President, Business Development
Mr. Childress brings to the company more than twenty years of executive business experience in developing and managing high-technology businesses. He was a member of Silicon Valley’s Redback Networks early pre-IPO team that drove development and sales of Redback’s DSL delivery systems for Internet Service Providers. During a highly successful career with Cisco Systems, he drove proposals and sales of major communications networks for customers including the States of Washington, Hawaii, Alaska and Oregon and commercial customers including Bank of Hawaii, Washington Mutual Bank, Intel, Costco and Starbucks Coffee, and served on the product management team for Cisco’s highly successful Voice Over IP systems. For the past three years, Mr. Childress has headed his own business planning and investment company.
Mr. Childress is a graduate of the University of Utah, School of Business.
Thomas S. McDowell
Tom McDowell's background embraces financial and operating management as well as a 16-year career in investment banking. He is a CPA who began his career in auditing and consulting with Arthur Young (now Ernst & Young) in Los Angeles. He went on to manage Financial Reporting at 20th Century Fox and then became Assistant Controller at Orion Television. In the mid-Nineties he helped to found Windswept Capital in Seattle where he served as EVP and CFO. During his tenure at Windswept he led a team which built what came to be considered the preeminent firm in the field of mergers and acquisitions for middle-market companies in the Pacific Northwest. Mr. McDowell earned a BS in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.
June Lee serves as a Commissioner of the Hawaii Commission for National and Community Service, which administers Hawaii’s AmeriCorps Program. She has more than 30 years of business experience in the US and Asia, and is extremely active in Hawaiian community, business and government affairs. As the founder of numerous successful businesses, she is adept in direct negotiations involving both government and private business.
During the Viet Nam War, Ms. Lee worked as a United States Navy contractor for RMK-BRJ and a construction firm in Saigon, Vietnam, and opened her own company there in 1967 as a maintenance sub-contractor for the Navy. In the 1970’s, she returned to Honolulu where she opened several businesses of her own including retail shops at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, and also created an import/export company. In 1979, she successfully negotiated with the Government of Korea for the franchising and opening of Burger King in that country.
Mrs. Lee brings key legislative liaison and business development skills to Harbor Wing Technologies’ team. She graduated from Pai-Wha Girls High School in Seoul, Korea and attended Cannon’s Business College in Honolulu, Hawaii. She moved to Honolulu from Seoul in 1964.
David Hubbard, Wing Sail Design/Engineering
David Hubbard, President of SeaLion Associates, is uniquely qualified to be the master designer and developer of the wing sail for the Harbor Wing prototype AUSV. He has designed and constructed several world class vessels, including the "C" class catamaran SeaLion in 1963. Mr. Hubbard developed the first slotted full airfoil airplane style wing for a sail craft in 1965 and won the Little America's Cup four times with its evolution. In 1982, his Red Herring became the world's first modern version of the canting keel, and in 1988 he designed and built the wing sail for Dennis Connor's winning America's Cup catamaran Stars and Stripes.
Mr. Hubbard holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Sam Bradfield
Dr. Sam Bradfield, President of Hydro-Sail, LLC, has worked with the Johns Hopkins University applied physics laboratory on guided missile design, fabrication and testing in supersonic wind tunnels, and pioneered experimental supersonic airfoil research in spacecraft re-entry at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Bradfield set world sailing speed records with hydrofoil-lifted marine vehicles between 1978 and 1982. In 1995 he designed a 25-foot hydrofoil trimaran using adjustable "T" flapped hydrofoils. Dr. Bradfield will be in charge of hydrofoil design during the prototype phase. He has assigned relevant proprietary data to Harbor Wing.
Dr. Bradfield received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering Science from the University of Minnesota.
Duncan MacLane's professional career has spanned more than 25 years, including nine years devoted to designing and consulting for four America's Cup syndicates. He is president and CEO of MacLane Marine Designs. He was a key member of Dennis Connor's successful Stars and Stripes 88 Catamaran design and sailing team, and played a major role in the design of Patient Lady V. Patient Lady V was described as "the best-behaved, best handling C-Cat I'd ever sailed," by Le Rous Cogito, world-class Catamaran racer.
Dr. Gabriel H. Elkaim
Gabriel Elkaim is Assistant Professor, Computer Engineering at the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he focuses on Robotics and Embedded Systems, with emphasis on practical applications and improvements to mobile autonomous robots. He founded the Autonomous Systems Lab (ASL) to explore cooperative control, robust control and navigation, and unique vehicle configurations. His other areas of research include Sensor Fusion and Filtering, Applied Control Strategies, and Robust Real-Time Multi-Threaded Software Architectures.
At Stanford University, Dr. Elkaim's research on Robust Control and System Identification led to his Ph.D. thesis on the control of an autonomous full-scale catamaran, for which he developed and experimentally validated generalized algorithms for solving for attitude from vector observations in the quaternion domain and for utilizing any three-axis sensor without a truth reference.
Dr. Elkaim received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Following Princeton, he worked for an international oilfield services company for several years and studied Aeronautics at the Technion in Haifa, Israel. He then entered Stanford University, where he earned his Masters and Doctoral Degrees.
Dr. C. O. Lee Boyce Jr.
Dr. Boyce is an aerospace engineer with commercial, government, and research lab experience in navigation, avionics, structural analysis and robotics. He has worked with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory as an electronic engineer on advanced computer packaging and with Bay Area technology companies designing electronic prototypes. He received his Ph.D. in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a Master of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Before coming to Stanford, he worked at the American Rocket Company after receiving his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Kevin P. Bowen
Mr. Bowen is an Engineering Fellow, Advanced Technology, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. He has extensive expertise in over-the-horizon ship-to-shore-communications and data transmission interface with military and other government agencies. For Raytheon, he currently serves as Program Manager for Unmanned Surface Vehicle Technology Development. He holds MS degrees in computer science and electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts and the University of Hawaii.
Dr. Chad W. Jennings
Dr. Jennings is a pioneer in the display of air and ground traffic on Synthetic Vision and highway-in-the-sky (HITS) displays. His company, Lightning Ridge Technologies, LLC, specializes in algorithm development, navigation and Synthetic Vision for real-time data visualization for mobile applications: land, sea, air, and handheld devices. He is the past president of NAV3D Synthetic Vision Systems. Dr. Jennings holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University.
Morrelli & Melvin Design & Engineering, Inc.
Designer/Partners Gino Morrelli and Pete Melvin provide additional engineering and design services for hull structure, construction, and production. Specializing in racing and production boats the team of Morrelli and Melvin serve as fabrication consultants for lightweight composites and tooling development. Gino Morrelli began as a private boat builder and has been designing multihulls since 1975. In 1988, he gained world-wide notoriety as a leading member of America's Cup's Stars and Stripes design team. Gino's designs include the 18M^2 Climax Catamarans, the 60' Region De Picardie catamaran, and multiple Formula 40 shapes that the French adopted. He has 12 sailing world and race records to his credit.
Pete Melvin manages our design office and participates in all levels of the design process. He is a graduate of Boston University with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. Pete designed aircraft at McDonnell Douglas for five years before forming Morrelli & Melvin in 1992. Pete has been a champion sailboat racer since his youth and has won over 25 National Championships in a wide variety of dinghies, keel boats, and multihulls of all sizes. He has won three World Championships, including the 1997 and 2005 A Class Catamaran World Championships. He sailed in the Olympics in 1988 in the Tornado catamaran class. Pete also sails on larger multihulls such as the125' PlayStation, 60' trimarans, and Reynolds 33's. He has been a crew member on five WSSRC sanctioned World Records.
Admiral R.J. “Zap” Zlatoper
Now the 24th Trustee of The Estate of James Campbell in Hawaii, Admiral Zlaptoper has had successful careers in the high technology industry and the United States Navy. He has served for over 10 years as the Chief Executive Officer of large organizations in the national defense and commercial sectors. Prior to joining the Estate, Admiral Zlatoper served as Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sanchez Computer Associates, Inc., a banking software company that he grew from a $50 million market capitalization organization to a $1 billion corporation.
Admiral Zlatoper's final assignment in his distinguished naval career was Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, the world's largest naval command. A combat experienced naval aviator with over 4,000 flying hours and 1,000 carrier landings, he also served as the Chief of Naval Personnel, a Battle Group Commander in Desert Storm and Desert Shield, the Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, and the U.S. 7th Fleet's Chief of Staff. Admiral Zlatoper holds an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Master's degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the George Washington University, and a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from RPI. He is a distinguished graduate of the Naval War College.
Rear Admiral Rick Williams
Presently Chair of Mine Warfare, Navy Post Graduate School, Rear Admiral Williams has served as Vice President and General Manager, DRS Precision Echo in Santa Clara, California, and as President, WESMAR Defense Products Company, a division of Western Marine Electronics in Woodinville, Washington.
Rear Admiral Williams was the Commanding Officer of the USS CALIFORNIA (CGN-36) and the USS CLARK (FFG-11). His flag officer assignments included Deputy Director, Expeditionary Warfare, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, and Director, Warfare Systems Architecture and Engineering, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command.
Rear Admiral Williams graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree and received a Master of Science (Physics) degree from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. He attended the Executive Program at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia.