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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

Vice President 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.

Dalton J. Wright

Director

Dalton Wright initially gained a passion and ability for seed investing as the first associate for Kickstart in 2008. During that time he helped establish Kickstart's investment process and reputation for outstanding due diligence while supporting several of its initial investments. Dalton has since returned as a partner in the fund. From 2009 to 2012, Dalton pursued an entrepreneurial opportunity in Latin America and joined two partners to raise $70M for Mexico's first early-stage venture fund, Alta Ventures Mexico. After closing, he guided the launch of the fund's seed investment practice. After helping launch Alta Ventures, Dalton enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania where he pursued a Masters of Business Administration from the Wharton School and a Masters of International Studies (Latin America and Spanish focus) from the Lauder Institute. While there he spent his summer supporting a team of researchers at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and helped raise $7M to build a clinical data research network that is now under construction. His previous education includes a B.A. in Finance, summa cum laude, from the University of Utah.

Andre Lortz

Director

Andre Lortz is the Chief Financial Officer for FJ Management Inc., (FJ or formerly Flying J), a privately held holding company. Andre is also serving as the CFO for Big West Oil LLC (Big West), a regional independent refiner and wholly owned subsidiary of FJ. Andre joined the FJ family of companies in May 2004 as the CFO for the Retail division, the largest division of FJ. Andre was responsible for all financial reporting, planning and analysis for a network of over 250 Travel Plazas throughout the United States and Canada. Additionally, he directed the Point of Sale Development group (the technology development arm of FJ) as well as the Point of Sale Support group (the technology support team). Andre also served on several executive management committees for joint ventures between FJ and ConocoPhillips, Shell USA and Shell Canada. Following the December 2008 filing of bankruptcy for FJ and Big West, Andre was appointed the CFO of FJ and Big West. He supported the restructuring efforts and was integral in the successful execution of a Plan of Restructuring in July 2010 that allowed FJ and Big West to pay all creditors 100% of their approved claims plus interest. Prior to joining FJ, Andre worked for RxAmerica, a prescription benefit management company, as their CFO from 2000 until 2004. Prior to working for RxAmerica, Andre was employed by Foundation Health Systems, a managed care company, in various roles from 1995 until 2000. Andre was employed by Ernst & Young as a consultant from 1992 until 1995, focusing on the Healthcare sector. Andre is a Certified Public Accountant with licenses in California and Utah.  Mr. Lortz graduated from Weber State University with a BA in Accounting as well as a Masters of Professional Accounting. He is currently serving on the board of the Weber State University Alumni Association.