Mark Senti — Co-Founder, CEO and Chairman
Mark Senti is a visionary leader with over 25 years of experience leading companies at the forefront of innovation and technology. He has led the strategic direction of the company since its inception, with responsibilities that include developing business strategies, IP strategies and joint ventures. He has also led the collaborative relationships with NASA, U.S. Department of Energy, Argonne National Laboratory, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (United Arab Emirates), and major institutions.
As part of his mission to accelerate the company’s product platforms, Mr. Senti spearheaded the establishment of the company’s first joint venture, Consorcio De Superconductividad of Chile. He serves as Innovation Director of this new multi-million dollar venture, executing a plan to accelerate global commercialization of superconductivity for energy and the environment to improve the quality of life at the “base of the pyramid.”
He has deep experience in developing innovative manufacturing and technology solutions, with a background that includes advanced work in superconducting magnetics and supercomputers, robotics, automated systems and sustainability. Mr. Senti has appeared on CNN and is a respected author and speaker on these topics.
He founded and, for over 12 years, led GSMA Systems, Inc., an international provider of robotics and factory automated systems, which was acquired in by SWF Companies, now a subsidiary of Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc. As part of the acquisition, Mr. Senti was appointed General Manager, GSMA Robotics Division and Vice President of Technology, SWF Companies.
Mr. Senti began his career developing a wide array of projects from hardware design to the manufacturing processes for Cray Research, Inc., receiving the Cray Research Leadership and Innovation Award in 1990 for his design and implementation of automation of wiring and testing of Cray Supercomputers. He is the recipient of many awards, including international recognition with the 1992 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and 2015 Congressional Special Recognition Lifetime Achievement in Technology Award.
Dr. Rainer Meinke — Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Rainer Meinke is an international expert in the science and application of superconductivity and advanced magnetics. With over two decades of experience in superconducting magnet design and testing for major science projects, Dr. Meinke co-founded and has led the company’s technical developments, which has culminated in a radical new end-to-end process for magnet design and manufacturing that yields magnets with virtually perfect fields. His strategic achievements include a rich IP portfolio, including AML CoilCADTM, the most sophisticated magnet design software ever devised, as well as dozens of breakthrough innovations such as the Double-HelixTM family of magnet technologies.
In a career in physics and engineering that spans more than 30 years, Dr. Meinke has led some of the world’s most advanced accelerator facilities. As Senior Scientist at the Superconducting Super Collider Laboratory (SSCL), in Dallas Texas, he was the Collider Machine Leader, and was responsible for technical design, budget and schedule of the 20 TeV proton-proton Collider. Previously, he led the development, build-up and operation of a test facility for superconducting magnets at HERA, in Hamburg, Germany–the first accelerator to employ industrially produced magnets of this kind.
His work in physics included development of phenomenological models for elementary particle interactions, and hardware development and experimental data analysis for high-energy physics experiments at different accelerators and laboratories, including construction of the world’s largest streamer chamber detector at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN).
Dr. Meinke has numerous patents related to superconducting systems and has authored over a 100 publications. His accomplishments in creating practical solutions for complex technical problems has been recognized throughout the science community, making him a frequent invited speaker and reviewer for international science conferences and journals. He received his Ph.D. in high-energy physics from Technical University in Munich, Germany.
Vernon Prince — Vice President of Development
Since joining AML in 2008, Mr. Prince has been instrumental in developing the company’s energy business. He has developed strategies, secured millions of research dollars, and formed and led a multifaceted team of world-class collaboration partners. With a strong technical and business background, Mr. Prince’s is credited for successfully fulfilling the company’s largest and most strategic projects.
Mr. Prince has over 20 years of success as an innovator, entrepreneur and executive. His track includes multiple ventures where he was instrumental in the development of technologies by providing novel approaches and solutions to complex challenges.
He was co-founder and Vice President of Development of Optical Process Automation, which was acquired by JDS Uniphase. He was also co-founder and Vice President of Product Development of Advanced Manufacturing Automation (AMTI), which was acquired by ESEC. Mr. Prince’s leadership at these and other organizations included managing the development of multi-million dollar projects, recruiting and development large teams of technical talent, and positioning his ventures for high-value exits, including over $500 million in combined values to date.
Following acquisitions, he served and held key management positions such as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Global Automation Division of JDS Uniphase, where he coordinated the global automation of divisions in the U.S., Europe, and China–with the completion of several major milestones as part of the integration of this venture into JDS Uniphase.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Prince served as Vice President of Software Engineering of WT Automation, a developer and manufacturer of automation equipment for military and microelectronics industries. He holds a BS in Computer Engineering and an MS in Engineering Management from Florida Institute of Technology.
Gerry Stelzer — Co-Founder and Vice President of Operations
Mr. Stelzer has led the management of AML’s operations since the company’s inception. He has over 20 years of experience leading the operations from start-up through and following acquisition by public companies. His experience encompasses administration, finance, engineering and manufacturing for both commercial products and government contracts.
He co-founded GSMA Systems, Inc., an international provider of robotic factory automation systems, where he led all engineering and operations aspects of the business, including management of a 75-person Robotic Automation division. He also played an active role in the management of facilities, engineering design reviews, system specifications, engineering change order negotiation, staffing, proposal pricing and concept testing to support application engineering and sales.
Prior to GSMA, Mr. Stelzer worked as a Project Engineer for DBA Systems, Inc., where he was responsible for managing the overall mechanical system designs, as well as meeting cost and schedule commitments on numerous Department of Defense threat simulator contracts.
Mr. Stelzer holds a BS degree Mechanical Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology, where he received a full academic scholarship from the National Society of Professional Engineers.