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OUR HISTORY

Magplane Technology, Inc. (“MTI”), is the developer of the Magplane system. Based in Hampton, New Hampshire, USA, the company was founded in the mid-1990s by a group of MIT engineers who developed the basic Magplane concept. MTI organized and led the efforts of over 30 engineers and scientists from the United States Army Corps of Engineers and 10 leading engineering firms, including Raytheon and MIT Lincoln Laboratory, to further develop the technology under the National Maglev Initiative of the United States Department of Transportation.

 

The company adapted several essential features of the Magplane technology to electromagnetic pipeline transport, and completed a US$2 million demonstration project for the IMC Global Corporation in November 2000. The Company has focused in the last several years on developing projects for several cities in China. The Company will lead the engineering support team in the United States for Magplane China Company supported by a number of major subcontractors described below.

 

Magplane was initially developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) together with industrial partners. Magplane Technology, Inc. spun off in the 1990s to develop commercial systems.

 

Prior to spin off from MIT, 60,000 hours of Faculty, staff and graduate student research and development work was done on the basic Magplane concept. During this period a 1/25 scale working model was tested on a 100 meter long guideway to demonstrate the levitation and propulsion properties of the guideway and on-board magnets.

 

After spin-off in 1992, a 5.6 M$ design concept development was sponsored by the Federal Railway Administration and a 1/5 scale 2 M$ linear motor propulsion system was built as part of a 300 meter-long ore-transport system for one of the major phosphate mining companies.

 

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Core Company

In organizing the company, Magplane has adopted the philosophy of maximizing the use of outside contractor expertise under the guidance of Magplane’s core senior staff who plan and oversee the sub-contract work and protect the intellectual property developed. By taking advantage of prior experience and specific hardware developments by these subcontractors, Magplane will be able to move rapidly to bring the Magplane passenger system to commercial readiness within a two-year period. Magplane intends to manufacture Magplane systems in China for both the China and international market. It is noteworthy that several of the sub-contractors have direct experience with Joint Ventures in China and the technology transfer to those Joint Ventures.

Our Team

MTI DIRECTORS AND EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT

Dr. D. Bruce Montgomery, Chairman of the Board and Chief Technical Officer and acting CEO: Dr. Montgomery is a recognized expert in the generation of magnetic fields for applications including magnetic levitation and propulsion, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and nuclear fusion confinement devices. His book on Solenoid Magnet Design, first published in 1969 remains a standard reference in the field. He is the author of more than 100 papers on magnet design, superconductivity, and a wide range of magnetic field applications. Prior to retirement from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1996, he was the Associate Director of the Plasma Science and Fusion Center – the largest interdisciplinary on-campus research center at MIT. Early in his carrier he worked for Arthur D. Little and Raytheon. He is currently an emeritus Senior Lecturer at MIT. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1998.

Dr. Montgomery was asked in December, 2006 to be one of four outside experts to review over a six month period the magnet systems for the fusion reactor to be built in Southern France. The experimental reactor, called ITER, is a multi-billion dollar joint project between seven parties that include the European Community, Japan, China and Russia. Dr. Montgomery led the US magnet design team working on ITER prior to leaving the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1996 to join the private sector.

Mr. Binson Du, Vice President, China Operations: Prior to joining Magplane, Mr. Du was active in several China and US industries in management, marketing, and public relations roles. He took important positions in many companies including: Wuhan Rubber Product Factory, Janus Disk Company USA, Junefield Consulting Service Company, Korea Panel Company, Guo Kang Pharmaceutical Development Company, and Well-Star Computer Security & Protection Technology. Throughout his career, Mr. Du was involved in projects including the design and assembly of first computerized system for rubber curing and processing, the design and assembly of a 2000-ton automatic hydro-pressing system, and the establishment of significant market position in China for Janus’ disk products. Mr. Du also lead the establishment of several joint ventures in China between American and Chinese companies.

MTI SENIOR MANAGERS

James G. Wieler: General Manager. Jim was most recently responsible for the disassembling, shipping, reassembly, and testing of the M3 Urban Maglev system as it moved from Massachusetts to Shanghai and recent ore handling demonstration projects. Former Sr.Vice President of Magnemotion Inc., a Magplane partner and developer of linear motor propulsion and control systems, with responsibility for key large-motor development and implementation programs; former Sr.Program Manager/System Engineer at Raytheon Co., managing the development and world-wide installation of Doppler weather radar systems.

Ted Giras: Manager Magplane Safety Qualification. Formerly Director of the Center for Rail Safety-Critical Excellence at the University of Virginia. Formerly Global corporate vice president and CTO of Ansaldo Signal and Train Control; formerly corporate vice-president of the Advance Technology Group, Union Switch and Signal; formerly President and CEO of Brown Boveri Control Systems, Inc.

Alexey Radovinsky: Quality Control of Analysis. Magplane Consultant. Research Engineer, MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center. Expert in magnetic analysis and electromagnetic modeling. Formerly Associate Professor, Deputy head of the Department of Theoretical Mechanics, Moscow Institute for Instrument Building.

Jiarong Fang: China Interface Communication. Expert in magnetic analysis and electromagnetic modeling for Maglev systems. Formerly Research Associate, Institute of Electrical Engineering, Chinese Academy of Science. Formerly Engineer, Center for Research and development, Beijing Automation Technology Institute.

Stephen J. Kochan: Mechanical Design. Mr. Kochan has been the On-Site Technical Manager and New Product Development Innovator for Magplane Technology. Most recently he managed the rigging and installation of a medium speed M3 Maglev demonstration assembly in Shanghai, China. Prior to his time at Magplane, Mr. Kochan worked in various industries, including heavy commercial, and theater machinery markets. Before that, for 10 years Mr. Kochan worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) Plasma Science and Fusion Center.

Our Partners

Magplane has selected a strong team of sub-contractors who have extensive prior experience in rail and transit, or in maglev system development. DMJM Harris/Faber Maunsell, SNC-Lavalin and IBI Group are large engineering firms with extensive experience in design and construction management of rail and transit systems. Maglev design and prototype test experience is represented on the team by General Atomics, MagneMotion and Satcom Technology. Other partners bring special skills, for example MIT with Magnetic Analysis, Taylor & Associates with Bombardier-based vehicle and suspension design and the University of Virginia with Safety Qualification programs based on the US Federal Railway Administration regulations.