Mitja Hinderks, CEO, Founder, UK / US / French board member and inventor of key uncooled engine concepts.

Mitja 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. His engineering includes work on engines, emission control systems, brakes, continuously variable transmissions, and advanced marine hull forms. Architecture work included the design development of Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, other performance spaces, a 1,000-bed teaching hospital, universities, theme parks, and high-end residences. He is an expert at working with modest budgets. A US and UK citizen, he maintains a strong interest in the arts.


Tom Rhodes, M.Eng, Aeronautical Engineering, was until March senior design engineer at Mercedes Formula One Racing

Before, he was Head of Design and Project Manager at Dearman Engines, designing a new generation of Dearman engine from a clean sheet.  He took the Dearman engine from the conceptual stage to successful prototyping, building the technical team virtually from scratch. Earlier, he was the Lead Design Engineer at Delphi Diesel Systems, responsible for all aspects of the design of a new fuel injection product from concept through the relevant project phase gates to production. Before joining Delphi, he was Senior Design engineer / Manager for multidisciplinary design consultancy Jenson Consulting, working for a range of clients in the automotive, rail, aerospace and architectural fields.


Francis Lempp, Engineering Researcher and Applied Mathematician, obtained an MSc in Physics with Particle Physics from the Royal Holloway University, London. 

His major research project was Molecular Dynamics simulations of bio-liquids and non-Newtonian effects in 2D Lennard-Jones fluids. He also completed a research review on the combination of MEG and ultra-low field MRI, and is experienced in programming, machine learning and the manipulation of data sets, building his own data modelling algorithms.  He is a keen craftsman, builder and artist. He toured Canada playing rugby for his school.


Bo Göransson, Senior Consultant, specializing in bearings, kinematics and applied mathematics.

Bo is the recently retired chief analyst and mathematical modeler at the corporate Development Center of leading bearing manufacture SKF, in Gothenburg, Sweden.  In addition to being an expert on gas and other bearings, he has the widest knowledge of applied mathematics, including kinematics and statics. He is extremely meticulous, and is brilliant at spotting errors.


Simone Hochgreb, Senior Consultant, 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.


Jane Hobbs, Office Manager, 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).

Her career has been primarily been as a management accountant for small businesses employing up to 100 people, including lithographic printers, a direct mail house and a waste facilities management company. She has also worked briefly in the charity sector and is involved with The Art Society in Greenwich.


Stephan Savarese, advisor in Europe ​on climate strategies and environmental standards, has an MSc in Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University.

Stephan has published numerous papers on and has 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 change of simulation clusters, cloud computing and Multiphysics simulation at Armelio, France. Through his association with societal non-profits, he is a regular participant at the annual UN COP climate change meetings.


Liam Hickey, Innovation Funding Adviser with Newable.

The Enterprise European Network and Innovate UK subcontract Newable, a private investment firm which invests in early stage companies, and has and is providing fully funded advisory services to selected UK-based scale-up companies, of which Litus is one. Liam, formerly a banker with NatWest, later worked on the pilot program for the JP Morgan Chase Get Ready to Supply program, specializing in supply chain support for the construction industry. He has considerable experience advising clients both large and small, public as well as private.




Board Members

Charles (Chuck) Bragg Jr, US. 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. Chuck with wife Alice has, over time, provided major financial support for the engine program.



Maria D’Orsogna, US / France, PhD UCLA, mathematics professor at CalState Northridge and UCLA, specializes in statistical mechanics, mathematical modelling of complex biological systems. Working from home, she successfully opposed an oil refinery in an historic town on the Adriatic coast (see her website, at “to oilmen”).


Richard Kirk, UK / USA, PhD Cambridge on superconductors, developed new materials / measurement techniques for high energy laser physics and flash radiography. He later worked on printing technology for Crosfield Electronics, then Canon (Chief IP Officer Canon Research Europe). He is currently engaged in film and imaging techniques, and w​as awarded​ AMPAS Technical Oscar 2010, and holds over thirty patents.



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