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WAVE’s Executive Team combines extensive and unique experience.

 


WAVE tackles the problem of heavy and expensive vehicle batteries preventing the adoption of electric transit, delivery fleet, and off-road vehicles by using wireless power charging between vehicle and roadway to reduce battery size and extend vehicle range. WAVE’s Executive Team is comprised of engineers, transportation industry leaders, and business and technology professionals dedicated to bringing to market the latest innovations in wireless power technology for vehicle applications.

About Us

Mike Masquelier

Chief Executive Officer & Chief Technology Officer

Mike Masquelier has over 20 years of industry experience as a business development executive and technologist,

with expertise in manufacturing, operations, engineering, product development, and market research. Mike’s

technical experience includes power electronics, microelectronics, sensing, and wireless communications. He most

recently architected a Mobile Sensing Services platform at Motorola to serve a $5.1B enterprise, consumer, and

government market. Mike led teams that secured funding from DHS-DNDO, DIA-MASINT, NIH, and DOE. He has 11

issued and pending patents and more than 25 technical publications. He holds a B.S.E.E. 1983 from the University of

Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a M.S.E.E. 1989 from Arizona State University.

Wesley Smith

Chief Development Officer & Founder

Wesley Smith has over 20 years of experience in the commercialization of emerging technologies for startup and

Fortune 500 companies. His activities have included strategic business development and planning for energy,

transportation, and information companies and government agencies. Wesley has worked for, or represented, such

diverse companies as Electrobras, PEMEX, AES Corporation, NASA, Argentina's Ministry of Telecommunications,

AT&T, Union Pacific, Diveo Broadband Networks, Deutsche Telekom, and Questar Corporation. He received a law

degree from George Washington University in 1989.

Guy Letendre

Chief Operating Officer

Before Joining WAVE, Guy Letendre held a number of key executive leadership roles including VP of Engineering

for Autoliv’s Inflator Division, generating over $1B in revenue and leading the team that won the prestigious Shingo

Award for Operations Excellence and the Pace Award for Innovation. Guy was also the Director of Autoliv’s Airbag

Manufacturing Plant in The Netherlands, Sr. Director of Supply Chain Development for Alexza Pharmaceuticals, and

VP of Business Development for Infinia Corporation. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Washington

State University and a Masters in Business from Utah State University.

Hunter Wu

Chief Scientist

Hunter Wu holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Bioengineering (2010) and a B.E. in Electrical

Engineering (2008) from the University of Auckland. He was awarded the Senior Scholar (equivalent to being ranked

#1 in major) and the Top Achiever Doctoral Scholarship (equivalent to the Fulbright Scholarship), both in 2008.

Hunter now serves as the principal investigator and research scientist at USU over the Wireless Energy and Power

Conversion (WEAPC) branch. He has over a dozen peer-reviewed, IEEE international journal and conference

publications, as well as one patent and six patents pending. He also received a Best Paper Award at the 6th IEEE

ICIEA 2011 conference and serves as a technical journal reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics,

IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, and Society of Automotive Engineers.

James W. May

Vice President of Program Management

James May’s background is in energy policy and economics. Before co-founding WAVE, James spent two years as

a Director of Special Projects at the Utah State University Research Foundation working to commercialize emerging

energy related technologies. Prior to that, he spent seven years working as an economist for a major strategy-
consulting firm. James’ energy policy experience also includes working for the Rocky Mountain Institute in Boulder,

CO, as well as the United Nations Environment Programme in Geneva, Switzerland. He holds master’s degrees in

public policy and environmental management from Duke University.

Zachary Kahn

Director of Business Development

Zachary Kahn brings his passion for sustainability and clean technology to WAVE. Zach's focus is on introducing

WAVE’s technology to new markets and industries. Prior to joining WAVE, Zach worked in finance at Goldman,

Sachs & Co. Before relocating to Utah in 2010, he held a legal clerkship with the Atomic Safety & Licensing Board

Panel at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and a fellowship at the Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning and

Sustainability in New York City, where he focused on energy policy. Zach is a LEED Green Associate and has a law

degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He received his bachelor’s degree from Tufts University where

he graduated magna cum laude.

John Inglish

Director

John Inglish has been a national leader in the transportation industry for more than 35 years. With an engineering

background, John began his career in 1970 as a systems planning engineer for the Utah State Highway Department.

In the early 70’s he began working for the Wasatch Front Regional council on the early initiatives that formed today’s

UTA. In 1977 he became the director of Transit Development, later Director of Operations and then the Assistant

General Manager for UTA. In August 1997, the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) Board of Trustees appointed John as the

General Manager for the Authority and in May 2010, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer. Under his leadership,

UTA has garnered national and worldwide recognition for its transportation systems. John is on the Board of the

Intelligent Transportation Society of America and is a White House Champion of Change (Transportation sector).

Curt Roberts

Director

Curt Roberts is the Associate Vice President for Commercialization and Regional Development at USU where he

oversees the Commercial Enterprises group. Before moving to USU, Curt was the Vice Provost for Innovation and

Economic Development at Weber State University where he served as the Director of the Northern Utah Technology

Outreach Center for USTAR. Prior to joining Weber State he served as a Vice President for Nike, Inc., based in

Beaverton, Oregon. His most recent role at Nike was Vice President and General Manager of Vision, Timing, and

Tech Ventures. Prior to this Curt was Vice President for Global Strategy where he oversaw the development of Nike's

short and longer-term strategy for its corporate portfolio of brands. Curt has also served as Chairman and CEO

of PeaceHealth, based in Eugene, Oregon. PeaceHealth is a regional healthcare delivery system including three

hospitals, a multi-specialty group medical practice, and several joint ventures. He holds a BA in Economics, summa

cum laude, from Weber State University and a MBA with honors from Harvard Business School.

Clarke Miyasaki

Director

Clarke Miyasaki is the Managing Director of Kickstart Seed Fund and has a history of success in start-up and early-
stage investment environments. Most recently, Clarke served as the Global Vice President of Business Development

at Skullcandy, which went public in July 2011. He joined Skullcandy in early 2008 when there were 18 employees and

oversaw several initiatives that helped grow the company to over $230 million in revenue in 2011. Prior to Skullcandy,

Clarke was the Vice President of Business Development at Logoworks from August 2004 - April 2008 and helped

with the acquisition by Hewlett-Packard for $57 million in April 2007. Joining on the ground floor of Logoworks

and developing several strategic partnerships that spurred Logoworks' rapid growth, Clarke positioned Logoworks

for a successful sale to HP. Partnerships included Staples, eBay, Network Solutions, HP, Legalzoom and Intuit.

Clarke joined vSpring Capital in 2002 during a very active investment period for the fund and opened up vSpring’s

first satellite office in New Mexico with Paul Ahlstrom. Clarke also helped develop many of the initial modeling and

diligence tools. Prior to vSpring, he worked as a financial analyst for Ford Motor Company. Clarke received a B.S.

in Finance from Brigham Young University and is an active angel investor, as well as serving on the boards of

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