Meet our team

We combine world-class aviation and automotive expertise to make the dream of practical flying cars a reality.

Advisors

Anna Mracek Dietrich

Anna was COO until 2014 and is one of Terrafugia's co-founders. She received her BS and MS degrees from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. Currently, she is a key contributor to Terrafugia's regulatory affairs and certification efforts. Anna was named one of the Boston area's top 15 Innovators by the Boston Globe, was one of the 10 women selected for the 6th annual Mass High Tech Women to Watch Award, and has been recognized by Engineers Week New England with their annual Achievement Award. Anna serves on the Board of Directors of Women in Aviation International (WAI), has spoken at TED Global, and is a private pilot.

Dr. Samuel Schweighart

Sam, one of Terrafugia's co-founders, received his MS and Ph.D. from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT and hold his BS from the University of Illinois. Sam brings a high degree of practicality and hands-on experience to the program, having experience at Charles Stark Draper Laboratories and Aurora Flight Sciences in addition to having spent several years full-time with Terrafugia. He is a private pilot and active hang glider pilot.

Frank Cappuccio

A former EVP at Lockheed Martin responsible for the Skunk Works and the Joint Strike Fighter programs, Frank brings four decades of diverse experience in management, engineering, and strategic development. In addition to serving on Terrafugia’s board of advisors, Frank is a member of the US Air Force Defense Science Board, a fellow at the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics, and a recipient of the President Bush Innovation Award and the Lockheed Martin President’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He holds degrees in mechanical engineering and management from Columbia and Stanford, and currently serves as CEO and President of Cappuccio & Associates LLC.

Prof. Mark Drela

Dr. Drela, Terry J. Kohler Professor of Fluid Dynamics, MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, is renowned by aerodynamicists for his elegant design and development of airfoil analysis codes. A recipient of AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) Lawrence Sperry Award; ASME/AIAA SDM Best-Paper Award; DuPont Human-Powered Watercraft Speed-Record Prize; Presidential Young Investigator Award; Third Kremer Prize for Human-Powered Aircraft. Prof. Drela’s technical depth in the field of low speed aerodynamics is unmatched.

Gary Greenbaum

Gary was the founder and President of Greenbaum and Orecchio, Inc., a wealth management firm. His firm provided investment advisory services in a fiduciary capacity to 225 clients in 21 states, and managed $500,000,000. The firm’s compensation was exclusively “fee-only”, which means that it did not take sales commissions. His firm integrated comprehensive personal financial planning with the management of investment portfolios. Gary launched a diversified hedge fund for his firm’s clients, raised $30 million capital for it, and served as one of its two Managing Members. Gary founded his Registered Investment Advisory firm in 1982, and sold his shares to his 3 partners in December 2008, after 26 years in the business. Gary paid part of his way through graduate school working as a Commercial Pilot. He is a Certified Flight Instructor, with multiengine and instrument ratings, and also holds an advanced Ground Instructor certificate. While in college, Gary competed as a member of the University of Michigan’s flight team in National Intercollegiate Flying Association events. Gary is a Terrafugia investor.

Prof. R. John Hansman

Prof. Hansman, Professor in the MIT Aero/Astro Dept., Head of the Division of Humans & Automation, and Director of the International Center for Air Transportation, holds 6 U.S. Patents, and has authored over 250 publications. He is a AIAA Fellow, and recipient of Commercial Air Transport Laurel (Aviation Week & Space Technology), FAA Excellence in Aviation Award, Losey Atmospheric Award (AIAA), OSTIV Diploma for Technical Contributions. He serves on the FAA R&D Advisory Committee, the NASA Aeronautical Research Advisory Committee, and several editorial and corporate boards.

Gretchen L. Jahn

Gretchen Jahn is President of Knotridge Corporation, an aviation consultancy. Gretchen recently completed an assignment as Acting COO of REMOS, a German manufacturer of high quality Light Sport Aircraft. Prior to Knotridge, Gretchen was the General Manager of Alpha Aviation Ltd of New Zealand. Prior to Alpha, Gretchen was CEO of Mooney Airplane Company, where she doubled the production rate, brought two new models to market and solidified the bond that Mooney owners had with the factory. Gretchen holds a Certificate in Integrated Resource Management (CIRM) from the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS). Gretchen also holds a US commercial pilot’s license with instrument and seaplane ratings. She is on the Board of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA), AeroInnovate (EAA), Aviation Industry Cluster (AIC) and the Air Race Classic, Inc.

Ken Morse

Ken, Chairman of the Entrepreneurship Ventures and Founding Managing Director of the MIT Entrepreneurship Center, has helped launching several high-tech start-ups, including 3Com Corporation, and Aspen Technology. Five of his start-ups went public or were successfully merged. Ken has been profiled and quoted in publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Economist, and Red Herring. Ken is a Series A investor.

Milo Mracek

Milo spent 37 years at McDonnell Douglas as Chief of Design Engineering for fighter aircraft, space programs, and missile systems, i.e. Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Space Shuttle Orbiter, F-4, B-52, and the Harpoon missile programs. He also founded Mracek Industries and negotiated its sale. He holds 7 patents, served in the Korean War, and holds his BS from the University of Kansas. Milo is a Terrafugia investor.

Nick Pettinella

Nick, VP Finance at VehicleSense, Inc., is a senior financial executive with 25 years of experience in financial reporting, processes, controls, and management. He has extensive experience in public equity and private debt and equity financing, purchase, sale and divestiture negotiations, and financial management of the IPO process. Previously, Nick served as the CFO of ideaLogix, Inc., a wireless video and sensor monitoring development company, CFO of IronBridge Networks, Inc., a later-stage terabit router development company, and CFO of Intermetrics/AverStar, Inc., an established $200 million software development and software services company acquired by the Titan Corporation. Nick received his MBA from Babson College and his BS in Accounting from Bentley College. He also completed the Corporate Financial Management program at Harvard Business School and Executive Financial Management program at Stanford University, and provides a very experienced external financial perspective to the Terrafugia management team.

Mike Wolf

Mike is an expert in Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) with extensive Agile High Assurance development experience with FAA certified software systems (DO-187B and EAL-6+). Mike has started eleven companies, and since 1998 he has held a variety of senior positions at Green Hills Software, the largest independent embedded software provider with the most safety critical and security critical certifications.

Leadership

Carl Dietrich

CEO/CTO, Co-Founder

Carl received his BS, MS and Ph.D. from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) shortly after receiving the prestigious Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for Innovation in 2006. Carl was also recognized by the Aero/Astro Department at MIT as one of sixteen exceptional graduates under the age of 35. In addition, Carl has received "40 Under 40" awards from the Boston Business Journal and Aviation Week & Space Technology Magazine. Carl has spoken internationally and is generally regarded as the leader of the emerging modern flying car industry. He has been a private pilot since the age of seventeen.

Kevin Colburn

COO, VP Engineering

Kevin has a strong technical background as well as program and team leadership experience across a variety of complex product development programs, from hybrid-electric vehicles to durable consumer goods. He is adept at building and motivating strong teams, scheduling, budgeting, risk assessment and mitigation, and resource allocation. Kevin has achieved Professional Engineer and Six Sigma certifications, and has start-up experience as a co-founder of Orca Energy, SL, and in management positions at Azure Dynamics and Blu Homes.

Dave Stevens

Director of Programs & Certification

Dave received his BS with Honor and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Caltech. He also was named a Presidential Scholar and was inducted into the American Academy of Achievement. Prior to joining Terrafugia he worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory on the Cassini, Magellan, Ulysses, MSTI, LPX, Mars Rover, and Xe-Ion Propulsion programs, and at Quest Aircraft Company where he was instrumental in the design and certification of the KODIAK aircraft. Dave sat on the Aviation Rulemaking Committee that spearheaded the recent 14 CFR Part 23 rewrite, holds a leadership position in ASTM Committee F44 (General Aviation Aircraft), and is an active member of F37 (Light Sport Aircraft) and F39 (Aircraft Systems). Dave is also a private pilot.

Andrew Heafitz

Chief Engineer

Andrew received his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, and won the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize in 2002. He brings eighteen years’ experience in composite automotive construction and testing to the Terrafugia team. Andrew has designed, built, and raced light-weight composite solar cars across the Australian outback.

Col. Phil Meteer, USAFR (Ret.)

Flight Test Coordinator, Test Pilot

Phil has over 3,800 hours of flight, instruction, and test experience in government and civil aircraft including the F-16, A-10, F-4 and a wide variety of general aviation aircraft. Phil brings his perspective as an experienced pilot and as a systems engineer, formerly in the Air Force and now in his career in the aviation industry. Phil is a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and has flown as a test engineer, lead test pilot, and airborne test director in a variety of government and civil flight test projects. He has over 100 hours flying Terrafugia vehicles and is looking forward to production and certification flight testing.

Board of Directors

Koen Bouwers

Koen is a Series A and Series B investor. He was a founder / CEO of Scense, the Software Factory (East Europe), and Consul (Netherlands). Before that, Koen was President of the Dictation division of Lernout & Hauspie, and held senior positions at Apple, Philips and Quarterdeck in the U.S. and overseas. Koen holds an M.S. from the University of Utrecht where he studied under Nobel laureate Gerard 't Hooft, as well as an MBA from MIT, where he met members of Terrafugia’s founding team.

Semyon Dukach

Semyon Dukach is a Series A investor, a Series B investor, and a Series C investor. He holds an MS from MIT and a BS from Columbia, and is the Managing Director of TechStars Boston. He was the founding president of the MIT Amphibian Investments Team and is a mentor at the Cambridge Business Development Center. He has been founder and CEO of several technology companies, including SMTP.com, a publicly traded email handling company, and is the subject of the book “Busting Vegas”.

Alex Min

Alex Min, a Terrafugia co-founder, received his BS in Art and Design at MIT and Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Alex served on active duty with the United States Marine Corps (USMC) for a decade as an Officer and pilot where he graduated at the top of his Naval Flight School class in Pensacola, Florida. He then worked in the global semiconductor distribution industry for half a decade before heading to MIT Sloan for his MBA, focusing on entrepreneurship, strategy, marketing, and finance. Alex has extensive global business development and sales experience, most recently with Textron Systems and Bell Helicopter. He is a Lifetime Member of both AOPA and EAA.

Butch Weaver

Butch is a Series A investor and a Series B investor. He attended MIT on a Schlumberger fellowship. As Qualcomm's 12th employee, EVP / Fellow, he helped the firm to grow into a Fortune 500 company. Before Qualcomm, he was VP of Engineering at Linkabit. He is a member of EAA and the AOPA President's Council. Butch is an active and experienced pilot with SEL, SES, and MEL ratings. He expects to receive one of the first two Transition® airframes that will be delivered to customers.

Larry Williams

Larry was CEO, President, and a member of the Board of Directors of BRS Aerospace from 2004 until 2013, and he has over three decades of experience in aerospace. Larry has a degree in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology from Eastern Kentucky University and is a graduate of the Aviation Safety program at the University of Southern California. He served in the US Air Force as a Nuclear Weapons Technician and received the Air Force Commendation Medal in 1980.

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