Chief Executive Officer
Nate is the co-founder and CEO of Electric Power Systems. Nate holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Utah Valley University and a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University with an emphasis in Operations and Finance. Nate is Six Sigma Greenbelt certified and has completed the Program Management Professional (PMP) program, which is offered by the Project Management Institute. Nate served as technology consultant for e-commerce businesses, and he was later admitted into Honeywell’s prestigious Leadership Development Program. While at Honeywell, he served in several roles, most notably as the program manager for the 787 Flight Control Electronics Power System, which included a Lithium-ion battery system. Nate went on to become the General Manager of the EPS portfolio, which consisted of generation, distribution, and conversion products. He then worked for International Rectifier as the Head of Strategy and Business Development for high reliability applications doing mergers and acquisitions. He later moved on to become the Director of Business Management for the High Reliability Business Unit. As a part of that role, he worked on the development of low cost, radiation tolerant components for large constellation projects.
Randy’s 35 years of engineering experience in the aerospace industry has proven invaluable to Electric Power Systems and its success in the aerospace industry.
He started his career at McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing), working on projects such as the C-17 Integrated Flight Test Program. After several years, he transitioned to an engineering manager role at Maxys, where he worked on various International Space Station (ISS) systems at the Kennedy Space Center. He also ran the processing facility and performed final certification testing on the communications and power quality of the ISS solar array power distribution system. Moreover, Randy worked in coordination with Hughes Space and Communications, including a project focused on the advanced Xenon Ion Propulsion System (XIPS).
In addition to his engineering expertise, Randy is an incredible entrepreneur. Randy founded Phillips Aerospace in 1997, and this company is now a premier supplier of mechanical components, flight test systems, and avionics for aerospace applications. Randy then co-founded Evaira (which would later become Electric Power Systems) in 2008 after recognizing the need for more robust energy storage systems in high-reliability markets. Evaira found work using its energy storage systems for military applications and controllers for micro grids. The group further expanded its energy storage work by moving into medical markets, primarily focusing on mobile CT scan applications. Randy later sold Evaira in 2011 to International Rectifier, which further pursued battery management circuitry technology.
Randy received his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Cal State Fullerton. Randy lives in Orange, CA with his wife Shelly and four kids. In his free time, he enjoys hiking and walking his three huskies and spending quality time with family.
Chief Technical Officer
Dr. Michael Armstrong
Dr. Armstrong is known as an industry expert in the field of hybrid-electric and distributed electric propulsion systems. He is responsible for the development of lightweight, certifiable battery technologies and innovative battery-based integrated propulsion systems. Prior to his role at EPS, Mike was the Hybrid Propulsion Lead for Rolls-Royce Liberty Works. He has led integration and design activities for multiple electrified aircraft propulsion programs and was the principal investigator on multiple electrified aircraft propulsion systems for concept development programs. Mike is active in promoting the aerospace industry’s transition to these new forms of propulsion technologies. He is involved in the SAE’s Electric Aircraft Steering Group and AIAA’s Aircraft Electric Propulsion and Power Working Group. He has also authored over 25 scholarly publications in systems engineering and aircraft electric propulsion and is an inventor on over 20 filed patents. Mike has received several awards for to his contributions to the field of electric propulsion, including SAE’s Charles M. Manly Memorial Medal, Rolls-Royce’s prestigious Sir Henry Royce Award, and the Indianapolis Business Journal 40 Under Forty class of 2016. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University and a Master’s and Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Chief Financial Officer
Dustin joined the Electric Power Systems team as the Chief Financial Officer in 2019 after 10 years as a leader in finance and portfolio management at the Boeing Company.
While at Boeing, he became a valuable leader in financial management and served in numerous management roles. Most notably, Dustin managed the financials for various portfolios, including different rotorcraft programs. He then transitioned to a financial leadership role at Aviall, a Boeing subsidiary, where he managed, analyzed, and reported on a $1B+ portfolio.
His most recent work at Boeing focused on business case development, affordability, and employee development. He also gained extensive experience in financial management, integration, contractual analytics, and financial operations while at the company.
Prior to his career at Boeing, Dustin developed robust financial management capabilities while working in the commercial real estate industry. His extensive financial management experience in the aerospace and aviation industries has allowed him to become a valuable asset to the Electric Power Systems team, and he oversees all financial management and operational efforts for the company.
Dustin possesses a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.
Vice President, Product
Following 18 years at Boeing, Mike now leads EPS’ business development and product management units as it introduces certifiable products to the market. Mike held numerous leadership positions at Boeing NeXt—Boeing’s urban air mobility organization—including Propulsion Lead for the “Cargo Air Vehicle” program, which successfully demonstrated eVTOL potential by flying two life-size, Star Wars X-wing aircraft over Disney World in 2020. He also served as a program leader in Boeing’s Research and Technology Division, leading eVTOL technology programs including the LIFT! vertical electric flying crane, DARPA VTOL X-plane scale demo, and several Urban Air Mobility studies with NASA, DARPA, and ONR. Prior to his work on eVTOL, Mike worked in Boeing Defense, Space and Security where he pushed the boundaries of vertical lift technology. He led a large-scale wind tunnel test for Active Flow Control technology on the V-22 Osprey aircraft, demonstrating a payload improvement of over 1,200 lbs. He also led the design and test of Nacelle Sails, which were flight demonstrated to improve the V-22 Osprey lift to drag ratio by 15%. He led various technology programs to improve vertical lift performance for military aircraft such as adaptive rotor technology for DARPA and ONR. Mike currently owns nine patents with six additional patents pending. He holds a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State University.
Vice President, Operations
Before coming to EPS in early 2022, Eduardo previously served in a variety of executive roles in Operations and Supply Chain for Cummins Inc., where he led manufacturing, logistics and distribution sites and operations throughout the US, Europe, Asia and Latin America. In addition, he performed leadership roles in strategy, finance, general management and diversity, equity and inclusion (he also serves as EPS’ Diversity Director). During his tenure at Cummins, he managed global operations and teams of up to 2,500 people and $1.2B in sales. He achieved improved results and growth by focusing on people development, disciplined resource allocation, and driving relentless lean transformation to achieve operational excellence. Martinez holds a degree in Accounting and Finance and completed his executive education at Harvard Business School and Georgetown.
Vice President, Program Management
With a diverse background in the aerospace industry, André brings a wealth of experience in various disciplines including operations, engineering, program management, marketing, strategy, and business development.
His proven track record and expertise will be invaluable in driving EPS’s development efforts to new heights.
André’s professional journey began at the Royal Military College of Canada, where he graduated and joined the Canadian Armed Forces as an aircraft maintenance officer.
He served in distinguished positions at Canadian Forces Base Ottawa, handling fleet assignments for senior government and VIP flights. He also contributed to the NATO alliance at Canadian Forces Base Baden-Soellingen in Germany, specializing in CF-18 aircraft support.
Following an honorable discharge from the military, André joined Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (now Bell Flight), where he led engineering projects for the esteemed Bell 212/412 helicopter family. His performance and leadership led to his promotion as program manager for these products, all while pursuing his Master of Business Administration degree.
In 2001, André embarked on a new chapter by joining GE Aircraft Engines (now GE Aerospace) as the customer/on-site program manager.
He successfully spearheaded the CF34 engine production and development programs at Bombardier Aerospace during the peak of regional aircraft demand. Later, he transitioned to Cincinnati, assuming marketing and strategy responsibilities for the same product line.
Concurrently, André held the esteemed positions of vice president and president of the Regional Aviation Association (RAA) associate membership.
In 2012, André returned to Montreal as general manager, Commercial Programs Canada, overseeing a diverse portfolio of solutions with a key focus on Bombardier’s Global 7500 aircraft program.
In 2016, he was entrusted with the role of vice president, Programs and Business Development at GE’s MRAS (Middle River Aircraft Systems) nacelle facility in Baltimore. Under his leadership, MRAS experienced a period of remarkable and profitable growth.