Karl has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology. He worked on experimental Tokamak fusion reactors at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab designing high-energy magnetic coil systems. During the 5-years at Princeton, Karl also specialized in composites materials; including conducting radiation-effects studies on epoxy/glass laminates for fusion radiation spectra and developing extremely large epoxy vacuum-pressure impregnation systems.
After Princeton, Karl established an engineering development firm specializing in composites materials and alternate energy technologies. He consulted on the Space Telescope, hydrogen storage for Mazda and NASA, ballistic-tolerant protection for Navy ships, portable composites bridge for the Army, and many more.
In 1992, Karl explored alternated energy opportunities in China, and formed a Joint Venture partnership with China Aerospace Corp. to manufacture compressed natural gas (CNG) conversion kits for gasoline engines and refilling stations for CNG vehicles.
After 9/11, Karl was requested to be recalled back to active duty to establish a directed energy weapons RDT&E program for naval aviation. Karl closed all of his business interests abroad and in the U.S., and served 4-years of active duty for Operation Enduring Freedom.
Since 2006, Karl has been focusing on developing a better energy storage technology for EVs, solar/wind farms, utilities, power back-up and personal electronics using carbon nanotubes and graphene. One patent application is patent-pending with another provisional patent application on-hold. His energy storage technology has lab data showing a 20X specific-energy improvement over existing supercapacitors; which means an EV can travel for at least 200 miles on a 5-minute charge.
Flying is one of Karl's personal interests, and has designed self-lauching gliders, hybrid-electric airplanes and even mach-4+ platforms for defense missions. He is confident that his new energy storage technology along with the new carbon nanotube filament technology that he is developing will enable electric airplanes to have practical applications for general aviation and for government missions.
- Extreme Capacitor, Inc.Founder | 2009 - current
- Precision Technology DOD, LLCFounder | 2007 - current
- Stevens Institute of Technology - Mechanical EngineeringBachelor of Engineering | 1971 - 1975