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james wang
vertical flight support

Dr. James Wang has held several executive leadership positions, and has more than 30 years of experience in aerospace, helicopters, defense and high-tech industries.  Most recently, he was the VP of R&D and the Senior VP of Marketing at Leonardo Helicopters based in Italy.  Prior to that he was in Advanced Design and also lead Strategic Sales campaigns at Sikorsky Aircraft.  He currently offers private consulting services in aerospace technology strategy, marketing & business strategy, and engineering advising.  He is also a technical expert in helicopter and eVTOL aircraft design.  In 2018, he taught Multidiscipline Design at Stanford University. He is a volunteer Mentor and Master of the Boeing sponsored GoFly Competition.

He received his bachelor degrees in Aeronautical Engineering and in Electrical Engineering from M.I.T., a Masters from M.I.T. Sloan Business School, and a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland.

In 2013, WIRED Magazine named Dr. Wang “the Steve Jobs of Rotorcraft” for his ability to think “outside the box” and pushing the transportation technology boundaries by inventing and designing the AgustaWestland Project Zero, the world’s first all-electric VTOL technology demonstrator aircraft.