Key Team Members

Engineering  &  Support

Mitja Hinderks, FOUNDER, CEO, BOARD MEMBER, inventor of key uncooled engine concepts, has over thirty years’ experience as an engineering, industrial and architectural designer / manager, on large and small projects.  He studied architecture at the Regent Street Polytechnic and engineering at the Open University, England.  Engineering includes work on engines, brakes, transimissions, and advanced marine hull forms.  Architecture includes the design development of Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall; other performance spaces; a 1,000-bed teaching hospital; theme parks, and high-end residences.  A US and UK citizen, he was briefly a professional photographer and maintains a strong interest in the arts.

Archie Watts-Farmer, ENGINE DESIGNER, received his MEng (Hons) degree at University of Bristol, before joining Atkins Ltd to work on the Airbus A380 Certification program.  He then worked as a lead engineer / project manager on various Rolls-Royce engine programs including the Joint Strike Fighter LiftFan, the Harrier Pegasus engine and the A350 Trent XWB.  In 2014, he took a post-graduate degree in Offshore Systems Engineering at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, learning Portuguese, obtaining a distinction, with a dissertation on Twin-Screw Multiphase Pumps.  In Rio, he guided/translated pro-bono for the Fiji Olympic team.

Nadiur Rahman, ENGINE DESIGNER, obtained a 1st MEng in Mechanical Engineering, Queen Mary University, London,  He participated in Formula Student, design and build race car competitions, accredited by  iMechE. Since 2014 he has helped set up web pages, and worked part-time as deputy head at Advanced Tuition, helping under performing and other students attain their objectives. His many interests include motor sport and
chess. His projects include: CFD simulations for turbo machinery, FEM for stress analysis and environmental engineering.

Bo Göransson, SENIOR CONSULTANT on bearings, tribology and kinematics, is the recently retired chief analyst and mathematical modeller at the corporate Development Centre of leading bearing manufacture SKF, in Gothenburg, Sweden.  In addition to being an expert on gas bearings, he has the widest knowledge of applied mathematics, including kinematics and statics.

Stephan Savarese, EUROPEAN ADVISOR on COP 21 and environmental relations, MSc Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University.  Stephan has numerous publications on and deep experience in combustion engines, including turbine, reciprocating and Stirling, as well as extensive knowledge of a wide range of engineering software.  He was for many years VP for applications and sales at Comsol, France, and was later in charge of simulation clusters, cloud computing and Multiphysics simulation at Armelio, France.  Through his association with societal non-profits, he is a regular delegate at the annual COP climate meetings.

Jane Hobbs, ACCOUNTANT, has a BA in Mathematics with Education at the University of York, thereafter qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, whilst working for Touche Ross (now Deloittes) in Cambridge. Her career has been primarily been as a management accountant for small businesses employing up to 100 people, including lithographic printers (Colophon Design & Print), a direct mail house and most recently as a waste facilities management company (Prismm). She has also worked briefly in the charity sector and is involved with The Art Society Greenwich which arranges lectures in fine and decorative arts.

Richard Kirk, UK, US BOARD MEMBER, PhD Cambridge on superconductors, developed new materials / measurement techniques for high energy laser physics and flash radiography, worked on printing technology for Crossfield Electronics, then Canon (Chief IP Officer Canon Research EU). He is currently engaged in film and imaging techniques, awarded AMPAS Technical Oscar 2010, holding over thirty patents.

Luke McDonagh, UK BOARD MEMBER, PhD University of London, is an academic teacher and researcher in the area of intellectual property law, with particular interests in copyrights, patent law and litigation, on which he has published articles in many peer-reviewed journals.

Charles Bragg Jr., US BOARD MEMBER.  After graduating at Stanford, he entered the securities industry at closely-held investment house Quincy Cass Associates.   After retiring as a principal he became active in the National Audubon Society, serving on the National Board of Directors, and is now president of the Santa Monica Bay chapter.  He currently volunteers for the Los Angeles Opera and the Thornton School of Music at USC.  He and wife Alice have provided significant financial support.

Maria D’Orsogna, PhD UCLA, US & FRENCH BOARD MEMBER, mathematics professor at Cal State Northridge and UCLA, specializes in statistical mechanics and mathematical modeling of biological systems; working from home base in Santa Monica, she successfully opposed an oil refinery in an historic town on the Adriatic coast (see her website, at “to oilmen”).


Simone Hochgreb, PhD, Professor of Experimental Combustion at the University of Cambridge, UK, partly for whom an aerospace company built a special lab.  Earlier, she worked at MIT and Sandia National Laboratories on combustion problems in engines and gas turbines.  She is the lead consultant working with Litus on new fuel delivery systems for uncooled engines.

Tom Rhodes, MEng, Aeronautical Engineering, is a senior design engineer at Mercedes Formula One Racing.  Before, he was Head of Design and Project Manager at Dearman Engines, from conceptual stage to successful prototyping, building the team virtually from scratch.  Earlier, he was Lead Design Engineer at Delphi Diesel Systems for a new fuel injection product, from concept through all phases to production.

Richard Burton,  BSc (Hons) Statistics and Mathematics, MBA Finance, founded Paris-based Magellan Capital Advisors in 2015, providing services on fundraising, investments and partnerships between Europe and emerging markets.  From 2002 he was with France-based Coface, turnover Euros 1.6 billion, dealing in credit and risk insurance, as CEO  Asia Pacific, later becoming Managing Director China.  Earlier, he was business development manager for the London Stock Exchange, after marketing large computer systems at ICL (UK) Ltd.

Bob North,  Following a degree in Information Systems with management and psychology from the University of Leeds, Bob has pursued a dual-track career of social impact investment, and technology incubation. He is CEO of Shared Impact, a global Donor-Advised Fund specializing in Impact Investment, and advises widely in the sector. He is director of Enstar, a technology incubator in the UK and US, focused on internet-based technologies designed to empower non-technical professional professionals.