Vice President, Engineering
Mike Ricci joined the LaunchPoint team in 2001 to work on the Magtube project, a magnetically-levitated freight transport system. Mike managed the design, fabrication, and testing of a full-scale prototype vehicle and track section. As project engineer he led the technical team through 2001 and 2002 when many of the key technologies were first developed. Mike was also responsible for the initial system design, dynamic analysis, and concept controller design for the stabilized permanent magnet (SPM) suspension system developed during the next phase of the program. He is currently serving as the systems engineer for several projects, including LaunchPoint's maglev heart pump, the magnetically-actuated engine valve, and the halbach array motor.
Prior to joining LaunchPoint, Mike worked as a mechanical engineer with Spectra F/X, a theme park engineering company, where he served as Project Engineer on several very large custom systems with high cycle rates, intimate man-machine interfaces, and high human-safety concerns. Mike received a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1993, specializing in control systems, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Caltech in 1991, with a focus on electromechanical engineering and control systems. Mike is a licensed professional engineer (P.E.) in mechanical engineering.