Robert Baertsch received his BS in Electrical Engineering from SUNY Stony Brook and a PhD in Computational Biology from the Center for Bio-molecular Science and Engineering at UC, Santa Cruz. At Brookhaven National Labs, Robert worked for the Instrumentation Division where he built detectors for high-energy physics experiments. Robert also was employed at the United Nations where he led a worldwide team of software developers. He also wrote the software for the computer cluster used to analyze mammalian genomes looking for patterns of evolution in the Human Genome Project. Robert has published over 20 peer-reviewed publications (including “Science, Nature, PLoS and PNAS”). He is responsible for skyTran’s motor control software, safety system and simulation system. He is currently building the control system in conjunction with IAI for the SkyTran full size demonstration system to be flown by the end of 2015.