Who We Are
Asylon is a dynamic team that is passionate about drones and committed to building products to solve the greatest challenges facing the drone industry. Asylon was founded in August 2015 by three MIT aerospace engineers who have worked on a variety of projects in the aerospace industry from the V-22 Osprey to commercial jet engines to defense systems on Navy destroyers. With our team’s strong background in aerospace, Asylon is well positioned to develop products consistent with the quality standards demanded by commercial and military customers.
In addition to our love of all things aerospace, we are also passionate about other things - from smoking meat to competitive quadcopter racing to debating the optimal Star Wars fleet composition for various attack scenarios (bombers are key!). We're a tight-knit team that enjoys combining our interests to create a collaborative and fun environment for solving problems.
Damon has been involved in the RC/drone industry for 15 years. After graduating from MIT, he went on to graduate from GE's Operations Management Leadership Program (OMLP) where he ran several military manufacturing lines for aircraft including V-22 and P-3. While in these positions, Damon received his Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma and manufacturing resource planning. His most recent endeavors involved structural and payload design for advanced rotorcraft and small UAVs at The Boeing Company.
Since graduating from MIT, Adam has been a design engineer at The Boeing Company. Working several developmental and proprietary programs and gaining an extensive background in sensor fusion technologies, he became an enterprise-wide subject matter expert in unmanned aerial systems. He is experienced in rapid prototyping and using additive manufacturing tech, including developing an advanced 3-D printed UAV.
An Oklahoma native, Brent attended MIT to pursue a degree in Aerospace Engineering. After graduating from MIT, Brent was a Systems Engineer at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. While there he gained valuable experience working with the Department of Defense community as well as leading joint efforts with international partners. Brent is experienced in software and algorithm development, system of systems analysis, and requirements development. Brent also earned his M.S. in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University.
Upon graduation, David served as a Research Laboratory Aide for the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering department of the University of Arizona designing, manufacturing, and implementing aerospace laboratory experiments. This experience, in addition to three years as a Formula SAE suspension design lead, has given him expansive knowledge in rapid prototyping, manufacturing processes, composites construction, scientific instrumentation, multi-system integration and dynamic system design.
From Philadelphia, PA, Jackson has worked in the space, defense, and automotive industries. His varied accomplishments provide an extensive understanding of product development from requirements derivation to customer reliability after production. As a stress and dynamic analyst at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. for six years, Jackson developed his expertise in FEA to calculate linear/non-linear static, modal frequency response, and thermal analysis of satellite composite structures during test, launch, and in-orbit environments for NASA and the DoD. Jackson holds a B.S. and M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and Villanova University, respectively.
Board of Directors
Brandon Hull is a veteran private equity investor, with a 25 year record of venture capital investment success. He co-founded Cardinal Partners in 1997 and currently serves as a Managing Partner. His investment experience extends from seed stage investing through growth stage, and mid-market buyouts, and he has served on the boards of many public and private technology companies.
Brandon received his B.A. in Philosophy and Literature from Wheaton College (Chicago) and his M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
John Park has 22 years of experience in the administration of venture capital investment funds. John joined John Clarke and Brandon Hull in the co-founding of Cardinal Partners in 1997 and currently serves as the Administrative Partner of the firm. John entered the venture industry in 1992, when he joined DSV Partners as Chief Financial Officer. John became a General Partner of DSV in 1995. John has served as the administrative General Partner for Cardinal Partners since its inception in 1997 and was a co-founder. Prior to joining DSV, John spent six years with Day & Zimmermann, Inc., a $1 billion services conglomerate located in Philadelphia.
John received his B.S. in Finance from Villanova University and his M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.
Colonel Orville Earl completed a 25 year military career leading the development, acquisition and integration of command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems with sensors on satellites, manned aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles. Throughout the 11 years since transitioning from the U.S. Air Force to technical consulting, Orville has advised the U.S. Navy, the Missile Defense Agency and European and Japanese military allies in the evaluation, engineering and integration of new capabilities for ballistic missile defense.
Orville received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and his M.S.E.E from the Air Force Institute of Technology.
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