About

HARP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Read below for our mission and purpose statements and to learn about our leadership team.

Our Vision

To advance the development of hyperloop technology

Our Mission

To promote the collaboration, research, funding, and knowledge sharing necessary for the development of high-speed tube transportation networks and standards around the world.

Purpose

The Hyperloop Advanced Research Partnership (HARP) is the nexus for hyperloop information, research, and stakeholder collaboration. HARP was formed to help the hyperloop industry reach its potential of building a transportation system that is more efficient, sustainable, secure, connected, and resilient. Creation and operation of hyperloop technology involves diverse stakeholders – from many industry sectors to all levels of government (local, state, regional, and national), to university research groups and individuals. HARP provides a framework for stakeholders to gather, share ideas, innovate, and collaborate in ways that support both individual and collective efforts to grow hyperloop capabilities. HARP's focus is to:

  • Serve as a trusted independent agent and catalyst for information, research, and collaboration

  • Encourage research that facilitates development of efficient, sustainable, and resilient hyperloop transportation systems

  • Enlist members from industry sectors and local, state, regional, national governments

  • Leverage the benefits of public, private, academic partnerships to advance hyperloop development

  • Convene key stakeholders to support education, research, and public engagement

HARP Board of Directors

Stephen A. Cohn, Ph.D., MBA

 

HARP Board of Directors, President

Scientist, technologist, expert in systems development and management of teams. National Center for Atmospheric Research (retired).

 

For more than two decades Dr. Cohn led research and development teams at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), specializing in improving technology for complex measurements. His personal research experience includes topics such as aviation safety, cloud and precipitation processes, and turbulence. Under his leadership, teams conducted experiments on all continents, while developing instruments to improve hurricane forecasts, analyze airflows in mountainous terrain, and study atmosphere-ocean interactions. He serves on the World Meteorological Organization’s Commission for Instruments and Measurements of Observation, and leads the team creating the next International Cloud Atlas. He has organized national and international scientific conferences, including the International Symposium on Tropospheric Profiling, and the Symposium on Meteorological Observations and Instrumentation. While at McGill University, he commissioned the first boundary-layer wind profiler in Canada and expanded its capabilities for real-world applications. At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he adapted large radars intended for astronomy and satellite tracking to study high-altitude turbulence at aircraft flight levels. Dr. Cohn is the author of more than 45 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and has presented at more than 100 symposia, conferences, and workshops. His research and professional interests are focused on applying the best technology available to address meaningful and complex challenges.

  • PhD, Atmospheric Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge)

  • MBA (Executive), Business Administration, University of Colorado (Boulder/Denver/Colorado Springs)

  • MS, Finance and Risk Management, University of Colorado (Denver)

  • BS, Astronomy (with honors), University of Maryland (College Park)

  • BS, Physics (with honors), University of Maryland (College Park)

 

 

 

Brad Swartzwelter

 

HARP Board of Directors, Vice-President

Conductor - Amtrak - California Zephyr | Winter Park Ski Train

Published Author | Hyperloop Advocate

 

Brad Swartzwelter is a train conductor, President of the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail Transit Workers Local 166, and author of Faster Than Jets, a book dedicated to examining high speed travel via maglev trains. 

Chris Zahas, AICP

 

HARP Board of Directors, Treasurer

National leader in transit-oriented development and public-private partnerships.

Managing principal, Leland Consulting Group.

Chris Zahas is a real estate strategist and project manager with an emphasis on urban corridors, downtown revitalization, employment districts, transit-oriented development, and public-private partnerships. In over 15 years at Leland Consulting Group, he has managed more than 20 downtown and corridor implementation strategies and played a strategic advisor role in dozens more. In the transportation realm, he is frequently sought out for his understanding of the linkage between transit and land use. In the economic development realm, he brings a deep understanding of economic and demographic trends, ensuring that long-term strategies reflect the evolving drivers of how businesses choose to locate and where people choose to live.

Mallory Prentiss

 

HARP Board of Directors, Secretary

Graduate Student - University of Colorado Denver

Applied Geography and Geospatial Science

Mallory Prentiss is a graduate student at the University of Colorado Denver studying Applied Geography and Geospatial Science. Her professional interests lie in combining geospatial technology and urban sustainability in order to promote globalized solutions to problems faced by environments and societies around the world. Mallory studied international studies and history at Colorado State University and education at the University of West Florida. She is passionate about learning, teaching, research, and sustainable alternatives. Mallory entered the hyperloop industry as a volunteer in July 2019. She is a geographer, historian, and eager to see the hyperloop come to fruition within the near future.  

R. Richard Geddes, Ph.D.

  • PhD, University of Chicago (Economics), Dissertation: “Managerial Tenure and Monitoring in Publicly and Privately Owned Electric Utilities”

  • MA, University of Chicago (Economics)

  • BS, Towson State University (Economics and Finance), Magna cum Laude

 

 

 

 

HARP Board of Directors, Member

Director, Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy (CPIP). Professor, Department of Policy Analysis & Management, Cornell University.

 

Prof. Geddes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University and a core faculty member of the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA). He is a founding director of the Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy, or CPIP and a Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Geddes is also a Research Fellow with the Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University. His research focuses on policies toward the funding and financing of major infrastructure projects in the transportation and water sectors. His current professional activities focus on researching public policies toward the funding and financing of physical infrastructure, with an emphasis on the transportation, water and energy sectors. This includes innovative financing approaches such as public-private partnerships. Specific research topics include state-level public-private partnership enabling laws, new types of public-private partnerships designed to increase investment in infrastructure, life-cycle asset maintenance of infrastructure, and the state-level drivers of investment in transportation infrastructure. A main research focus is on private investment in the design, construction, financing, operation and renovation and construction of U.S. infrastructure through public-private partnerships, or PPPs. Specific concerns include life-cycle maintenance of infrastructure assets, the impact of state-level PPP enabling laws, and the effect of operation-and-maintenance road concessions on traffic safety. Geddes is also studying policies that have effectively attracted infrastructure investment in other countries. Additional interests include postal and delivery economics, and policies affecting governance in large, publicly traded corporations.

HARP Board of Advisors

Dave Clute

 

HARP - Immediate Past President 

CEO | Principal Consultant

DWC Colorado LLC

 

Dave Clute has spent the last four decades working with architects, engineers, facility managers, owners, real estate professionals, government and military clients on a wide-range of global architectural and engineering projects involving the full range of facility life-cycle management from concept design to demolition / disposal. He is a frequent speaker, presenter and panelist at real estate, design, construction and technology conferences such as Realcomm, IBcon, CoreTech and CoreNet Global.  As an NREL Energy Executive, CoreNet Global Innovator award winner, co-founder of OSCRE and co-founder for the Rocky Mountain Hyperloop Consortium, he is focused on helping improve society through the built environment.  Dave is currently a Senior Advisor and Immediate Past President for the Hyperloop Advanced Research Partnership.  In addition to HARP, Dave is also working with the Space Foundation Discovery Center to design, implement and operate an Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality program.

David Pring-Mill

 

Communications Director, HARP

Writer, filmmaker, media consultant

 

David Pring-Mill has worked with a diverse clientele, including NGOs and the private sector, in order to develop effective communications, media, and marketing materials that enhance organizational reach. He works directly with organizations to positively impact their web presence, industry credibility, and media exposure. In a consulting role, he identifies the unique value proposition of corporate clients and frames that within a narrative that is engaging to the public. He also has experience in PR crisis management and recently developed marketing materials to help a company strategically introduce products into the U.S. market.

 

His commitment to technological innovation has taken on many forms, including the role of technology journalist. In this capacity, he has written for The National Interest, SingularityHub, DMN, Datanami, Engineering News-Record, and FreightWaves. He often writes about the political implications of technology, analyzing new innovation through the lens of international affairs, national security, technological unemployment, workforce productivity, ethical transparency, environmental impact, and infrastructure policy. In addition to his communications role at HARP, Pring-Mill handles marketing for an AI startup, publishes regularly, and creates films about political efforts such as healthcare reform. Contact him here: pringmill@gmail.com