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Board of Directors

Michael Fuchs

 

Michael Fuchs

 

One of the co-founders of the firm, Mr. Fuchs is a German citizen and permanent resident of the United States. His passion for aviation grew out of his family’s global travels, and his passion for engineering came directly from his father, who worked as an engineer for the German government. Mr. Fuchs studied aeronautical engineering at the University of Applied Science in Aachen, where he specialized in turbine and piston engine hardware and technology.  Upon graduation, he went to work for Schrick GmbH in Remscheid, Germany, the world’s premiere engine consulting firm, where he designed and executed prototype engines of all kinds for a variety of manufacturers, including Volkswagen, GM/Opel, Ford and Arctic Cat ATV’s. Over the course of his 15-year career with Schrick, Mr. Fuchs worked in virtually every aspect of engine design and production. To name a few key projects, Mr. Fuchs was involved in the W8, W12 and W16 engines for Volkswagen that are installed in Volkswagen, Audis and Bugattis. His last  significant contribution before the EPS project began was his engine block design for the Ford 6.7 liter V-8 Scorpion diesel, which became the centerpiece for the Ford Super Duty pickup truck, that won best-in-class diesel in 2011. After a few years, Mr. Fuchs developed an interest not only in the engineering side of these projects but also in the management side and became a project and team leader at Schrick, running many of these design and production programs.

 

 

Steve Weinzierl

 

Steve Weinzierl

 

EPS co-founder Mr. Weinzierl hails from Minnesota. He developed an early passion for aviation and automotive design and engines because his father owned Chrysler and GM dealerships. Mr. Weinzierl grew up working in those dealerships, flying in his dad’s airplane and constantly toying with engines. He studied mechanical engineering at North Dakota State University, where he completed a master’s degree based on design work for a high-speed, single-stage reduction drive for an experimental airplane engine. Upon graduation, Mr. Weinzierl worked briefly for Dow Chemical and then moved on to Polaris Industries, initially designing a 4-stroke ATV engine and then leading the effort to develop the Victory motorcycle and its electronic fuel-injection calibration standards. After joining the global engine consulting firm Schrick in 1999, Mr. Weinzierl led a team that developed a revolutionary lightweight aero-diesel engine for an unmanned aerial vehicle. His next project at Schrick led him to Mr. Fuchs; together they co-led a team that designed a new family of three small fuel-injection engines for Arctic Cat ATVs. The two men found their skills and interests complemented each other, and after completing several more assignments at Schrick they decided to open their own consulting firm and work on the EPS engine for general aviation.

 

 

Larry Weber

Dr. Larry Weber

 

From 1969 to 1990, Dr. Weber conducted research on plasma displays (the technology of today’s plasma TVs) at the University of Illinois where he became the Director of the Plasma Display Research Group and attained the rank of Research Associate Professor.  In 1987, he became a founder of Plasmaco, Inc., Highland, NY, which acquired from IBM what was then the world’s largest plant for manufacturing plasma displays.  He served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Plasmaco, Inc., from 1987 to 1993.  In 1993, he became President of Plasmaco, Inc.  Under his leadership, Plasmaco, Inc., became a wholly owned subsidiary of Panasonic in 1996.  He was the President and CEO of Plasmaco, Inc., from 1996 until his retirement in 2004.  From 2006 to 2008 he served as the President of the Society for Information Display.  He has published over 50 papers, holds 15 patents and has received numerous major industry awards for his work on plasma displays.  Dr. Weber has been a private pilot for 40 years and has logged 3,500 hours flying as pilot-in-command, mostly in his Cessna 182.  He joined the board of EPS in 2014.

 

 

Mark Tyler

Mark Tyler

 

Mr. Tyler is the founder and president of OEM Fabricators Inc., a $75 million contract manufacturing company in Woodville, Wisconsin, focused on the needs of original equipment manufacturers.  His firm of 500 employees has twice earned the distinction of Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year, and Mr. Tyler is a regular speaker on management and employment at conferences and seminars around the state. He comes to EPS with extensive experience both as a business leader and as a director, having served on a variety of notable boards throughout his thirty-year career.  In addition to EPS, he currently serves on the board of the Wisconsin Technical College System, the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Board, and the West Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board.  He joined the board of EPS in 2013.