Meet The Team
JC “Neal” Whitsett
FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING
Neal served in the Navy/Naval Reserve for 25 years managing large and small aviation organizations. In the real world he has extensive experience in concept/product development, operations, NPI, wireless, firmware and software. Neal was featured on the cover of Design magazine for his leadership efforts on the Thales Navigation Z-Max, a GPS system for professional surveyors. Neal holds a BSEE from US Naval Academy and an MSEE from Santa Clara University. Neal is a member of the 2 million mile club logging airline miles launching products worldwide.
FOUNDER / CTO
Dainuri is an inventor and developer of electric power-assisted propulsion methods with an emphasis on elegance, simplicity, and state-of-the-art technology and construction. He brings 30+ years of electro-mechanical, fluids and production engineering experience to his position as a marine Electric Vehicle (EV) designer. Dainuri holds a BA in Physics and an MSEE from UC Berkeley and is a veteran who served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam war era.
DIRECTOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Branson Cowan holds a BS in Business Administration, Management and Operations. Raised in the heart of Silicon Valley, Branson has extensive experience in Sales and entrepreneurship, starting and running a Bike Tour and Rental company on the Big Island, Hawaii. He has worked for a technology company, a law firm and in bike shops garnering a large network of friends and supporters.
VP SYSTEM ENGINEERING
Eric Dorsey is the VP of System Engineering at Dual Jet Marine. He has 40 years of Silicon Valley experience working in embedded systems and a proven track record in managing and architecting complex engineering projects, from conception to manufacturing. He was VP of Engineering at TiVo for over a decade. Mr. Dorsey holds Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Doug brings decades of engineering and business experience as CFO. In Silicon Valley he has worked as a systems engineer, project and development manager, business manager of tech startup, and division controller responsible for $33 million R&D budget. Doug holds a graduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Pepperdine University, and is a retired colonel in the United States Air Force.
CO-FOUNDER / PRODUCTION LEAD
Since 2009, Merrill has developed and built a large number of electric powered units. This includes motor design, batteries, mounting systems, fabrication methods and testing apparatuses. He created Dual Jets Marine’s in-house 3D-printing department, currently six printers. Merrill manages all production to ensure that the dual jets work as promised. Merrill has 35 years of experience of hands-on building, mechanical and all-around quality control vision. Merrill is shown in front of his six 3D printers.
SOFTWARE AND TESTING
Dan has 40+ years experience in developing wireless telecommunication systems and software. He attended Cal Poly and served in the Air Force as a computer technician. He then worked developing military HF communications and OTH radar systems, and later GSM cellular infrastructure software and retired as Director of System Engineering.
HEAD ENGINEER, MECHANICAL AND MECHATRONICS
Zaw contributes his 3D CAD and design skills to the Dual Jet Product. He is also responsible for much of the electronic assembly work for our wireless controllers and batteries. In addition, he’s written procedures for our operations manual. Zaw got his BSME from UCLA . When not at Dual Jet Marine, he is studying for an MSME from San Jose State University.
ENGINEER, MECHATRONICS AND SOFTWARE
Jeff is a mechanical engineer who enjoys designing and prototyping. He enjoys transforming an idea into a functioning physical product. This is accomplished with CNC machining, 3D printing, and laser cutting. His background is a BS from UCSB and Masters from Cal Poly SLO. He enjoys being in the water, from freediving to skimboarding.