Board of Advisors
Dr Lonnie Johnson
Dr. Lonnie Johnson is a bonafide "rocket scientist" and he has just one mission--- to save our planet from the consequences of continued dependence on petroleum. He is concerned about the potential of increased conflict and strife over dwindling petroleum resources and the environmental impacts of fossil fuel use, particularly global warming. Although he has devoted his life to solving some of the world's most complex technological problems, he is best known for his widely popular invention, the Super Soaker water gun. Dr. Johnson is a prolific inventor and holds more than 100 patents, the vast majority of which are energy related.
Dr. Johnson's company, Excellatron is a world leader in lithium air and solid state ceramic battery technology. Excellatron was created solely to conduct revolutionary research toward increasing the energy capacity of batteries by ten (10) times that of existing lithium ion technology. Today's electric vehicles can run 100 miles on a single charge, however, with Excellatron's technology; an electric vehicle could potentially achieve 1,000 miles on a single charge. Excellatron is presently receiving support from the U.S. Department of Defense. Dr. Johnson's goal is to increase Federal support for Excellatron's research to enable rapid demonstration of the dramatic impacts of this technology and thereby inspire its aggressive commercialization in the United States.
Some experts have identified Dr. Johnson's energy related inventions as being possibly the greatest on earth. In 2011, Dr. Johnson was inducted into the Engineering Hall of Fame by the state of Alabama, the first African American ever to obtain such an honor in the state's history. He was awarded the "Breakthrough Award" from Popular Mechanics magazine for an invention that converts heat directly into electricity. He has been featured in countless magazines and newspaper articles and has appeared on numerous television programs.
Dr. Johnson holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, a master's in Nuclear Engineering and an honorary doctorate in Science from Tuskegee University. He served as a Space Nuclear Power Safety Officer in the U.S. Air Force, where he analyzed NASA space systems that utilized nuclear power sources. During active duty assignments in the Air Force and tours as an employee at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, he helped develop some of the nation's most advanced technological achievements including the Galileo mission to Jupiter, the Mars
Observer Project and the Cassini Mission to Saturn and the Stealth Bomber (B-2). He has received numerous honors including two Commendation Medals and the Air Force achievement medal and numerous NASA awards.
Michael Abrams MD
Dr. Michael Abrams is a graduate of Haverford College and a combined program in Medicine at Dartmouth and Brown Medical Schools. He served four years as a General Medical Officer and Battalion Surgeon in the U.S. Army, and was in private practice as a Pediatric Ophthalmologist for 16 years, where he regularly published his research in peer review journals. He is a Volunteer Faculty member for ORBIS International, and has a specific interest in Connected Health and the development of self-sustaining educational models for emerging medical systems.
He has served on numerous boards, including the Children’s Eye Foundation, SpinGo, and the Utah Medical Insurance Association, where he helped to guide a $150 million Merger and Acquisition. In 2012, Dr. Abrams was appointed Chief Medical Officer of FreeLinc. In 2013, he reorganized and recapitalized Freelinc Technologies, where he is now the Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Abrams lives in Sherborn, Massachusetts With his wife Bobby, An Emergency Room Physician, And his 17--‐year Old son, Zachary.
Thomas B. Akin
Thomas B. Akin (58) has been a director of Dynex Capital, Inc. since May 2003, Chairman since May 30, 2005, and on February 4, 2008 accepted the position of CEO. Mr. Akin also founded and serves as the managing general partner of Talkot Capital, LLC located in Sausalito, California since 1995.
From 1981 to 1994, Mr. Akin held various positions at Merrill Lynch. Prior to Merrill Lynch, Mr. Akin was an employee of Salomon Brothers from 1978 to 1981. Thomas B. Akin currently serves as Chairman of the Board for both CombiMatrix Corporation and Centiv Services, Inc.
Mr. Akin was the Chairman of EFAX.COM (NASDAQ: EFAX) until it was sold to JCOM in 2000. Mr. Akin holds a BA from the University of California at Santa Cruz and an M.B.A. from the Anderson School of Management, UCLA.