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GOLDEN PRODUCTS AND SERVICES – Green Technology Initiative

Walid Elsady


BSEE - Electrical Engineering, Oakland University. 1993

MSMEE - Mechatronics - Electrical Engineering, Oakland University. 2011

Project Management Professional Studies - Walsh College 2009

Participating member: Oakland Robotics Association, ( Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition 2011), Formula SAE 2011, IEEE

I am active President of Student Organization: Engineering Intelligent Solutions (EIS) exceeding expectations. (Sponsored Lithium Ion Battery Presentation with Ford Motor Company Oct. 26, 2011). Graduating With the First Masters Degree in Mechatronics from Oakland University GPA-3.63(December 17, 2011).

I participated in the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition , and secured sponsorships for the OU robotics team who won 3rd place the 2011 competition. Also I helped the Formula SAE Group student team. I have worked in the Automotive, Training & Transportaion as a Electrical Engineer Designer, Manufacturing Controls Engineer, Program and Project Engineering Manager involved with multiple product launches including the GM Y2K Project, GM 97w, Lear F-150 Instrument Panel, Ford Powertrain PV-8 Launch to the Automated People Mover at Detroit Metro Airport & Minneapolis Airport for Automatic Train Safety, Control & Protection working with United Technologies Poma-Otis Division. I have a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Oakland University prior to MSc program.I have trained at Brother Rice High School in Catia, Drafting and Coached Robotics Team to Second Place in the Oakland County Community Robotics Association (OCCRA) Competition. I have been responsible for multi‐million dollar projects and worked in supervisory position at a large corporation. I completed project management & design training for Lean Six Sigma, helped launch numerous corporate accounts, and had experience in dealing with high ranking corporate personnel.

James Fortune


B.A. Applied Mathematics, Oakland U. 1980

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Oakland U. 1980

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Oakland U. 1989

Member of Oakland U. Math team, placing in top 500 nationally in 1979 and 1980. Research Assistantship 1987-1989 under Dr. Gilbert Wedekind. Graduate GPA: 3.94

After graduation from Oakland U. in 1980, I went to Boston, where I worked for an architectural engineering company, Stone and Webster, designing nuclear power plants. I spent the first six months doing stress analysis of piping systems undergoing seismic and other loads. After that, I was promoted to staff engineer in the fluids group, where my principal responsibility was to determine fluid stresses on various structures caused by Loss of Coolant Accident (LOCA) and other concerns raised by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). I worked as a high school substitute teacher and as a warehouse worker until returning to graduate school at Oakland U. After graduating I started freelance computer programming jobs. I also obtained a patent with a business partner during this time for a new kind of energy recovery CVT transmission. I eventually moved into doing Access databases. My customers included (among others): Coca Cola, Computer Renaissance, Star Drug Stores, Detroit Lions, William Beaumont Hospital, and Great Lakes Diabetic Supply. In 2002, after three years of doing contract work for them, I started working full time for Odyssey, Inc., an aerospace tooling company, designing custom database software, mostly for their job costing system and ISO compliance.

Business Objective: We have two main reasons (among others) for desiring to utilize O.U.'s INCubator.

CVT Transmission Patent - The first reason is that the patent I share with my business partner (J. W. Klovstad) will be expiring in three or six years. Prior to now, automakers have found it easier to resort to hiring lobbyists, rather than enhance fuel efficiency to their fullest capability. There are signs now that such a course of action might become prohibitedly expensive. But given the time that it takes to bring such a project into the marketplace, it is possible that automakers or other users of that technology will be able to completely avoid paying any royalties. One of the strategic ways to capitalize on the remaining years that the patent is in effect is to obtain research funding for feasibility studies, including building and testing prototypes. Those studies are interdisciplinary in character and when partnered with researchers at Oakland U., we believe that we can provide a cogent case to funding sources like the Dept. of Energy or automotive corporations.

Providing Cost Effective Training working with Oakland University Software The second reason is that the software licensing options offered to INCubator participants can benefit us in many ways. For example, early adoption of Catia 6 could generate training seminars for corporate audiences. During the last few years designing databases, I was looking into the possibility of enhancing Access using managed code (C#). There is also the possibility of setting up file sharing using Linux and Samba on the latest Windows Server software. Those setups are attractive to corporations since such shares do not tax the number of server licenses from Microsoft when accessed.

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