Dr. Dorris is responsible for building the state of the art electric motors and related components for the propulsion system of Hyperloop. He brings valuable expertise in motor design and optimization and has extensive experience in the modeling/simulation realm – from turbulence in fusion grade plasmas, FEA based design of electric motors to 3D CFD thermal analysis for various applications. James was designer of Hyperloop One’s 1st generation propulsion motor for the POAT test and led the motor team from concept through fabrication, installation and testing. In his current role, he continues to lead motor development efforts focused on motor reliability and fault tolerance, functional enhancements, and reducing the cost of motor manufacturing. James previously demonstrated strong leadership in driving technical activities for the ElectricMachines Sector global team at CD-adapco leading activities from technical best practices development to customer facing demonstrations and training at the world’s leading electric motor companies. He previously worked at Fisker Automotive where he was responsible for systems engineering, design and performance of the motor/generator. He conducted electromagnetic and thermal analysis using multi-physics modeling and implemented feed-forward speed-control algorithms for durability testing. James earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied and Engineering Physics from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.