Brad E. Paden
Chairman of the Board and Principal Engineer
Brad E. Paden, Ph.D., is Chairman of the Board and the Principal Engineer for LaunchPoint Technologies. As Co-Founder and former CEO, Dr. Paden led the magnetic bearing and control system consulting business, expanded the business to contract engineering in the mid-1990’s, and in 2001, engaged the company in early-stage venture engineering activities. By involving the company with start-ups, intellectual property development, entity formation, and team building, Dr. Paden has focused LaunchPoint on value creation. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for LaunchPoint start-up partner, LaunchPoint Energy and Power, LLC (LEAP), and serves as an observer on the Boards of Magnetecs Corporation and LaunchPoint spin-off, Gravity Power, LLC.
Dr. Paden is also a Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Paden is a Fellow of the IEEE and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). He was the recipient of the ASME 2010 Charles. S. Draper Award for Dynamics and Control, the 2001 IEEE Control Systems Society Technology Award, and the 1993 Best Paper Award from the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control. Dr. Paden has authored over 80 publications and holds 17 patents in the field of engineering systems.