HARP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Read below for our mission and purpose statements and to learn about our leadership team.
To advance the development of hyperloop technology
To promote the collaboration, research, funding, and knowledge sharing necessary for the development of high-speed tube transportation networks and standards around the world.
HARP is a nonprofit think tank seeking to modernize the world’s transportation infrastructure, by integrating energy-independent and climate-resilient hyperloop systems into supply chains and personal travel, and by supporting the first and last-mile technologies that fill in the gaps.
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
HARP Board of Directors, 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.
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.
Senior Advisor / Board of Directors - Member at Large
Assistant Professor - Research
Department of Physics and Energy Science
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Physicist in nature and engineer by devotion, Dr. Bueno-Baques has devoted most of his professional to the development of novel functional materials and composites and the techniques to characterize its unique properties. His areas of expertise include magnetic and ferroelectric materials and nanostructures, microwave and mmWave devices, electromagnetic systems and devices and multiphysics simulation. With a notorious list of appointments including, visiting scholar at the “The Abdus Salam” International Centre for Theoretical Physics under federation and associate schemes, visiting researcher at the Institut fur festkorperphysik, Technical University of Vienna, professor at one of the national labs of the National Council for Research and Technology in Mexico, and presently at the department of physics at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, his professional experience has enriched from working in academic, teaching and research environments and with multiple R&D technology groups from the private industry. His work has been supported by funding from AFRL, ARL, CO-OEDIT, CONACYT, CNRS, among other agencies and private industry grants. Dr. Bueno-Baques technology developments include high energy pulsed field magnetometers, magneto-electric properties measurements systems and electro-optical measurement systems, currently in use by several research groups and institutions around the world. He is the author of more than 50 peer-reviewed papers and other publications, including, patents, book chapters and essays in the fields of material science, magnetic materials, nanotechnology and electromagnetic systems and devices.
HARP Board of Advisors
Stephen A. Cohn, Ph.D., MBA
Past President, HARP
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)
Associate Professor of Mathematics
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Radu C. Cascaval is an applied mathematician working at University of Colorado Colorado Springs. He is continuously interested in applying his research expertise in areas as diverse as human physiology, fluid dynamics or efficient transportation. He has been advising teams of students participating in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition since 2015. He is passionate about everything space-related, and acts as Teacher Liaison for the Space Foundation. Making education accessible is another of his concerns; hence he acts as Director of the MathOnline program at UCCS. He has joined HARP as a Senior Advisor in Fall 2017 and is constantly seeking ways to make a difference in the community.
Past President, HARP
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.
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)
Brian Donohue possesses a diverse background and currently serves in various capacities with APL including Business Continuity Program Manager where he is responsible for coordinating APL resilience and incident response planning efforts. Brian has led modeling and simulation efforts to perform system resilience analysis concerning critical infrastructure and intermodal maritime transportation. As part of his diverse responsibilities at APL, Brian also continues serve as the Research and Development Project Manager to a US Navy program where the focus is on protecting high value assets from various threats. Brian has developed skillsets in the areas of sensor test and evaluation, simulation, modeling, remote sensing, image processing/analysis, and geospatial technologies.
Prior to joining the APL, Donohue acquired extensive maritime industry experience. This experience includes program and project management for various maritime related R&D efforts. Particular emphasis was on the coordination of multi-organization project development contributions including technical analysis, design, construction, software development, and system implementation as applied to simulation relevant applications. Other maritime industry related experience, both shoreside and at sea as a licensed officer in the US Merchant Marine, includes stints in the offshore oilfield industry, intermodal operations, directing simulator based studies, and sailing on all manner of vessels involved in international trade. He completed coursework for doctorate in Applied Ocean Science at University of Delaware. Has M.S. in Imaging Science and Engineering from New York University Polytechnic Institute and has a B.S. in Nautical Science from US Merchant Marine Academy.
Past President, HARP / Senior Advisor
Senior Program Advisor
Office of Counterterrorism and Defense Operations at U.S. Coast Guard
Dane served as program manager for the Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) at Los Alamos National Laboratory; recently served as National Security Advisor for Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, specializing in Counterterrorism, Homeland Security, Critical Infrastructure, Resilience, Cyber, and Maritime Security. Served in the White House, National Security Council (NSC) staff as a Director for Counterterrorism & Global Counternarcotics, and was senior advisor to the President on hostage rescue policy, and chaired the interagency Hostage Working Group.
He is the founder and President of Cardinal Headings, LLC, focused on strategic studies, thought leadership, and development of innovative technologies to support national security. He was President and Co- Founder of Hyperloop Advanced Research Partnership (HARP), exploring the next generation of transportation infrastructure. Author of “Beyond the Storms: Strengthening Homeland Security and Disaster Management to Achieve Resilience,” and has appeared on ABC, CNN, FOX News, C-SPAN, and NPR to address the war on terrorism, security threats, and hostage rescue policy.
During a 33-year Coast Guard career, he served on six cutters in operational assignments conducting search & rescue and maritime law enforcement missions. He also served at NORAD/US NORTHCOM as a senior advisor to the Combatant Commander (2006-2008). In the private sector (2008-2011), he was a Senior Systems Engineer and Business Consultant for Integrity Applications Inc., Naval Research Laboratory, and several Fortune 100 Companies. He was an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University graduate schools: Carey School of Business and Whiting School of Engineering; Distinguished Professor at Colorado Technical University in Homeland Security Studies; and adjunct professor at University of Colorado-Colorado Springs for Homeland Security, Criminal Justice, and Cyber Security.
David W. Hewett
Executive Managing Director, Management Services at Olive Real Estate Group, Inc.
Dave’s focus at Olive Real Estate Group is to lead and Grow the Property Services division. The Property Services division is equipped to provide a complete range of services to Commercial Real Estate Owners and Corporate Real Estate Departments. These services include Asset Management, Property Management Accounting, Facilities Management, Project & Program Management, Strategic Planning, Outsourcing Services, Maintenance Management, Lease Administration, Court appointed Receiver, and other related and support services.
Mary Ann Ottinger, Ph.D.
Professor of Endocrinology
Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Houston
American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow
Dr. Ottinger has a long-standing history of research, teaching, mentoring and administration. She has earned international recognition for her research in neuroendocrine systems, development and aging supported by funding from NIH, NSF, EPA, USDA-NRI and DOI. Dr. Ottinger mentored over 50 graduate students and postdocs during her tenure as Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), where she is appointed as an Emeritus Professor. She served as Associate Vice President/Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Houston from September 1, 2013 to December 31, 2018 and chaired the University Advisory Committee for the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas and the Oversight Committee for the Gulf Coast Consortium. Dr. Ottinger was UH Administrative Liaison to the DHS for the UH Center of Excellence on Borders, Trade and Immigration and a member of Team Houston, a transportation consortium. She is a current member of a working group tackling issues of conservation and One Health in Africa. Her current research focus is on the comparative biology of aging and One Health, with emphasis on adverse impacts of exposure to environmental endocrine disruptors and stressors as they impact health and aging in communities and wildlife.
Author, Chemical Engineer
Expertise in Process Safety and Risk Management
Ian Sutton is a chemical engineer with over 30 years of design and operating experience in the process industries. He provides process safety and risk management services, both onshore and offshore, including audits, incident investigation, hazards analyses, operating procedures and management of change. Mr. Sutton is the author of many professional books, ebooks, blogs, videos and numerous published articles and papers. Recent book titles are Process Risk and Reliability Management, Offshore Safety Management and Plant Design and Operations. He also developed the Operational Excellence Assessment system for evaluating the quality of safety management systems in the energy and process industries.
He provides consulting services to senior management on the implementation, effectiveness and cost of process safety and risk management programs. His client base includes companies in oil and gas production and refining, pipelines, chemicals, minerals processing, and food production.
Mr. Sutton's technical expertise includes the management and leadership of process hazards analysis, including HAZOP, What-If, Checklist and Fault Tree; the development of innovative, practical, efficient and proven techniques for writing and maintaining operating procedures; the application of multi-disciplinary engineering standards from organizations such as NFPA, ASME and API in the use of design and safety analysis work; and the application of process safety regulations and standards, including OSHA’s 29 CFR 1910.119, Safety Cases, BSEE's SEMS and EPA’s RMP.
His web site is https://iansutton.com.
Past Board Member/Communications Director, HARP
media & tech consultant
David Pring-Mill has worked with a diverse clientele, including startups and NGOs, in order to develop effective communications, media, and marketing materials that enhance organizational reach. He has also worked as an analyst. His commitment to technological innovation has taken on many forms, including the role of technology journalist. In that capacity, he wrote about transportation infrastructure, artificial intelligence, and other innovations for The National Interest, Engineering News-Record, FreightWaves, SingularityHub, DMN, and Datanami. From 2019 to 2020, he also wrote an opinion column about Silicon Valley for TechHQ.