About UTS

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The UTS team is comprised of individuals and organizations that have right combination of hands on experience and training to perform effectively and efficiently. If you are considering working us, you probably want to accelerate your program, expand your team for a while, or develop something completely new. We excel at doing the heavy lifting for you and expanding your capability short or long term. Each one of our team members is easy to work with and will blend into your operations seamlessly.

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The UTS Team

Joe Ambrosio
General Manager and CTO

20 years experience in alternative fuel transportation. Former GM/CTO ElectroMotive Designs LLC, President and CTO of Odyne Corporation, Director of Engineering for APACE, CTO of Neocon Technologies. Joe’s tenure in the alternative fuel transportation industry includes design, development, and integration of a variety of liquid and gaseous fuel systems, battery energy and thermal management, APU systems for HEVs (fuel cell, micro turbines, and internal combustion engines). Seven battery and thermal management related US patents issued. Joe has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from New York Institute of Technology.

Mike Kuhl
Mechanical Engineering Manager

Mike is an integral member of the UTS managment team that creates and integrates the mechanical aspects of what we do on a system and sub-system level. He has also spearheaded the mechanical development of numerous energy storage system (ESS) modules for various applications, for low and high voltage applications using lithium, NiMH, and ultracapacitor cells. Mike’s experience and knowledge of chassis structures for vehicles ranging from non-road utility vehicles to heavy duty buses and trucks is exceptional. His experience in combining advanced energy storage with vehicle structures makes him a leader in the area. Mike has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stony Brook University.

Hugo Pedernera
VP of Renewable Energy

Hugo has seventeen years of experience in all facets of solar photovoltaic project development and management as well as other renewable energy sources. Expertise in project analysis, design, strategy, planning and logistics of large commercial and utility scale systems. He is able to balance multiple projects while meeting aggressive deadlines. Strong mechanical and electrical background combined with a “can do” problem solving approach, leads to a solid experience in assessing, designing, building and commissioning small and large PV systems. Hugo is an effective team leader with the ability to delegate and communicate at any hierarchical level with professionalism and integrity.

Danielle Ambrosio
Managing Member

Danielle has over 15 years of experience in startups and getting companies and technology programs off the ground. Danielle’s has a Bachelors of Science from Molloy College. Her tenure in the medical industry has exposed her to high technology procedures and products that require a high degree of care and control since lives are on the line. Danielle’s role has been in managing teams in new technology trials and developing reports and presentations to the medical industry and manufactures. As managing member of UTS, Danielle oversees operations, human resources, accounts payable, accounts receivable, vendor management, and proposal writing. Under her leaderships we will grow into new business segments and markets while expanding our team with long term strategic relationships.

Dazhong Gu
Power Electronics Team Lead

Dr. Dazhong Gu is the Power Electronics Team Lead at UTS, he plays a leading role in UTS power electronics product development for next-generation transportation electrification. Dazhong’s leadership drives new concepts in advanced power conversion and energy storage technologies into commercialization. His daily efforts are in topology selection, circuit design, modeling analysis and team management. Dazhong obtained his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from New York University, during which he did lots of sponsored research for aerospace applications. Prior to joining UTS, Dazhong was a senior research engineer at United Technologies Research Center, Connecticut.

Zhi (Alex) Geng
Senior Electrical Engineer

Dr. Alex Geng is Senior Electrical Engineer at UTS, he leads the early-stage engineering prototype bring-up and validation process with strong execution. His extensive experience helps the team making critical and timely engineering decisions along the product development phase. Alex is responsible for the daily execution of initial system development, real time adjustments/enhancements and firmware development. Alex obtained his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from New York University. During his Ph.D. work, he developed his experience in various aspects in the power conversion design, ranging from DC/DC converter, DC/AC inverters, resonant power converters, to the digital control software and hardware implementation.

Kedao Qi
Electrical Engineer

Kedao is Electrical Engineer at UTS, he has a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from New York University. In NYU power lab he participated in multiple research and prototyping projects. He is experienced with power electronics systems modeling and embedded algorithm design for large-scale auto-grade power converters. He is familiar with a variety of embedded control platforms for power conversions, and those related firmware development and validation process. His has rich experience in firmware and hardware-validation co-development, software trouble-shoot, and test setup GUIs. Kedao focuses on daily support for the entire Electrical Engineering team to support circuit deployment, in house small scale assembly/manufacturing, circuit testing, troubleshooting, PCB part entry and procurement.

Steven Massaro
Electrical Engineer – Embedded Systems

Steven is an Electrical Engineer at UTS, has been designing software for computers and embedded systems for over 5 years, both professionally and personally. His extensive knowledge of embedded systems has been integral in the design of safety critical systems used in electric and hybrid-electric vehicles designed by UTS. He has designed battery management systems (BMS) for large battery packs that work on multiple battery chemistries, as well as the control software for vehicle master event controllers (VMECs). He is able to think at both a system and component level, a necessity when developing communications and tying together the various sub-systems and components that make up a vehicle. He is also a capable leader, able to guide his team to complete tasks and exceed customer expectations. Steven graduated top of his class with a Bachelor’s of Engineering in Computer Engineering from Stony Brook University.

Jacob George
Mechanical Engineer

Jacob is a Mechanical Engineer at UTS, he graduated from Stony Brook University with a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He is an essential member of the team who utilizes his skills in mechanical design, analysis and programming to help us create exceptional products here at UTS. He is able to adapt his skill set to meet design needs for a variety of different projects. Jacob has designed mechanical sub-systems for electric vehicle integration, customized automotive tools and high quality PCB layouts. He also leverages his experience with MATLAB/Simulink to conduct detailed vehicle simulations and to develop model based sub-systems geared towards vehicle controller design. He is also certified by SpaceTEC® as a Composite Technician.

Tianqi (Cyclone) Hong
Senior EE Research Scientist

Dr. Tianqi (Cyclone) Hong is a Sr. Research Scientist at UTS, he specializes in system-level design and optimization for automotive grade electrical systems. He has participated in a variety of sections in power electronics product development. He also has in-depth experience in building highly integrated high-frequency magnetics, design and control of distributed energy resources (DERs) and microgrids. He is proud to implement his philosophy to solve engineering problems based on his six years R&D experience. He also has keen insight into the voice of the customer. Dr. Hong joined UTS in 2016. He received the Ph.D. degree and M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from New York University. He also holds M.Sc. degree from Southeast University, China, and the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from Hohai University, China.

Bryan Moy
Electrical Engineering Intern

Bryan Moy is an undergraduate Electrical Engineering intern at UTS, currently enrolled in his third year at Stony Brook University. Bryan has worked closely under the mentorship of the Embedded Electrical Design Team in implementation of control systems for electric vehicles. He is involved in the design and implementation of the battery management systems (BMS) and is developing a diverse set of skills in control software for VMECs, PCB design, and voltage measurement subsystems through his work at UTS and its senior engineers. His passions lie in embedded systems design, integrated circuit level electronics and mixed-signal design work.

Leonardo Espinal
Mechanical Engineering Intern

Leonardo Espinal is an undergraduate Mechanical Engineering intern at UTS, his interest in engineering started with soldering parts onto printed circuit boards. From there, he explored other areas of engineering which led him to pursue an education in engineering. Currently, Leonardo is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stony Brook University. His coursework has enabled him to work on a number projects such as designing a hand water pump that would collect and deliver water in underdeveloped cities using a slider-crank mechanism and fluid dynamics. As a member of UTS, Leonardo has worked on various projects in both the areas of electrical and mechanical engineering. From printed circuit board assembly, to electrical, and mechanical designs, his “can do” attitude and affinity to learn has allowed to branch in multiple areas of engineering at UTS.

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