updated for the MIT HPEC Conference September 8, 2007)
Irvine, CA 92604
Skype name: dougmalewicki
Invention Web Site:
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Doug Malewicki is President and Chief Scientist for AeroVisions Inc., a
company he founded in 1974 and incorporated in 1980 for the purpose of
developing, promoting and commercializing his numerous inventions. His
current main focus is his super-aerodynamic, lightweight, high speed,
SkyTran invention – an on-demand, personalized MagLev transit
system. In the early 80’s he set two official Guinness World records
for achieving over 150 miles per gallon fuel efficiency on cross-country
runs at freeway speeds driving his
SkyTran will obtain over 200 miles per gallon equivalent while speeding
along at 100 miles per hour!
He is the subject of an upcoming documentary “American Innovator”
by 3LaunchMedia (formerly titled “The Malewicki Equation” which I guess
was too boring!). Trailer at:
DOUGumentary as Doug’s friend professor Don Edberg calls it.) Doug was
also a judge on The Learning Channel’s fun “Junkyard Wars” TV show.
In addition to being a prolific inventor, Mr. Malewicki is a specialist
in the areas of: low-cost design innovation; aerodynamics; engineering
structural analysis; automation consulting; and vehicle performance
analysis. He has a dozen patents in the fields of aviation, robots,
medical, toy, and transportation.
Mr. Malewicki earned a Masters of Science degree in Aeronautics and
Astronautics from Stanford University. He has authored numerous
technical papers, several books and a cover feature article for
Scientific American magazine. He is a visionary who enjoys creating
"impossible" machines. Check out Doug’s
site to learn about the RB-2000 personal rocket belt; the 248 mph "
White Lightning" - official world's fastest electric car; the "F-18 Jet
Bike" - an afterburning jet powered dragster motorcycle; and his steam
powered X-1 SkyCycle canyon jumping rocket built for Evel Knievel.
Mr. Malewicki is also a skilled craftsman who understands machining,
welding, advanced composites manufacturing, plastic injection molding,
etc. He understands what can and can't be built and the economics
involved in applying these technologies.
Doug is also an avid trail runner, backpacker and cyclist. In November
of 2007 at age 68, he completed the
Saddleback Mountain Marathon again - rated the toughest
Marathon in California with 5,100 feet of ascents.
Photos from the
2006 event at:
Saddleback Mountain Marathon.
In 2004, at age 65, he finished two
Ultra 50K Trail Races.
August 2004 was his 4th ascent to the
top of Mount Whitney,
which at 14,496’ elevation is the highest spot in the 48 contiguous
States. August 2007 was his 25th annual week long backpack
trip in the Sierras with his good friend, retired US Marine Major Bob
Johnson. During August 2002 he rode his 5th 540 mile bike ride down
beautiful Pacific Coast Highway 1 from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
Doing that ride again in August 2008.
Engineering Design & Analysis Background
BS Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering, U. of Illinois, high honors
MS Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering, Stanford University
Apollo-Saturn V – man to the moon program, Senior Structural Loads
Analyst, North American Aviation
Lunar module/Service module
Structural dynamic response analysis showed that the units docking ring
structure had to be strengthened to withstand a possible hard-over
thruster engine failure.
Launch Escape Abort System – Dynamic analysis and software for
pyrotechnic event that deployed stabilizing canards.
Cessna Military-Twin Division, Senior Flight Test Engineer
twin turboprop – Complete FAA certification for a payload
increase required flight testing to establish take-off, landing, stall,
single engine climb and autopilot failure performance.
Cessna Citation Business Jet - Analysis of performance and flight
characteristic derivatives for Cessna’s first business jet. Was 10th
person ever to fly in N500CC prototype.
McDonnell-Douglas, Flutter Analyst
DC8-61 Passenger Jet
Development of Fortran software to establish critical flutter speeds for
structural control components.
Northrop Aircraft Company, Senior Technical Specialist, Advanced
B-2 Stealth Bomber – Codeveloped radar adsorbent composite materials
coatings and built automated processing plant for applying same.
Performed research to form and weld thermoplastic graphite composite
Some of Malewicki's
inventions & Technical Projects
Inventor of and holder of two USA Patents for
Founded Monster Robots, Inc. Involved in finding all investors and
product sponsors. Complete structural design (loads determinations,
weights and stress analysis). All vendor sourcing. Developed innovative
wearable control system enabling a single pilot to simultaneously
control 18 proportional hydraulic motions. Electronic, hydraulic and
control system packaging. Functional testing.
Much of the Robosaurus structural design involved tradeoffs to enable
transformation to a legal trailer for hauling the 58,000 pound,
beast from show to show. Robosaurus meets highway size and weight
requirements for all 50 States. Last NDT (non destructive testing) weld
inspection performed at 250,000 miles.
Robosaurus was featured in the 2002. feature movie, "Waking up in Reno",
a Miramax Comedy with Billy Bob Thornton, Charlize Theron, Patrick
Swayze & Natasha Richardson. Two red neck couples from Arkansas team up
to hit the road to see Robosaurus (Doug Malewicki's patented invention)
perform at a monster truck show in Reno, Nevada. Nationwide release was
October 25, See:
Movie Trailer at:
During the fall of 2006, Robosaurus
performed 60 Fright Night shows at Universal Studios, Florida.
In late 2006 Robosaurus was featured in a clever
Toyota Tacoma pickup truck TV commercial that ran all football season
long. Toyota TV ad:
After 18 years of operation, the Monster Robots,
Inc. team is looking for new thrills and will be auctioning Robosaurus
off at the famed Scottsdale, AZ Barrett-Jackson car collector auction in
January 2008. See:
RB 2000 Personal
– 90% strength Hydrogen Peroxide Monopropellant powered.
Catalyst pack design. Internal flow analysis. Nozzle design and
sizing to obtain desired thrust levels. Non-linear flight duration
AeroVisions, Inc. is currently raising $3 million to build a micro
turbine powered jet pack that will provide 8 minute flight
capability on $30 worth of JP-5, instead of 22 seconds of flying
with the rocket belt that consumes $1,200 worth of H2O2
monopropellant per flight.
Doug has been using Newton's Laws of motion to analyze how vehicles of
all sorts perform for decades. He gets very frustrated with politicians
who don't want to spend the time to understand simple math and physics
concepts. Wants to grab them by the ear and drag them into a good high
school and force them to sit for a semester of math and physics. He
knows that many high school students understand the SkyTran principles
and fully grasp the implications for the future of the planet far better
than most politicians. Doug wrote extensively about theoretical
performance of Model Rockets back in the late 1960's and early 1970's.
These youngsters were sharp - they got it! You can read these ancient
articles by going to:
Malewicki gained a lot
of insight into assembly line production and the cost benefits of
automation while working as Manager of Advanced R&D at L. M. Cox
Manufacturing (1970-1975), as Chief Designer at Chad Industries (1978
-1979), as VP of Engineering at Industrial Support Solutions
He gained his insight and understanding of low
speed aerodynamics and the importance of streamlining through his
engineering degree courses; working at the aerospace companies
(especially while working as a Senior Flight Test Engineer at Cessna);
through his involvement with streamlined human powered vehicles (the
IHPVA & the
subject of his Scientific American cover feature article December 1983);
from the design, building and driving his California Commuter into the
Guinness Book of World Records (1980 & 1981) and, of course, his long
involvement with model rockets.
Malewicki was inducted in the Game Designer’s Hall of Fame (1998) for
his 1965 invention – A comic, cataclysmic card game named Nuclear War
that has been licensed to Flying Buffalo, Inc. of Scottsdale, AZ since
1972. The game and its sequels – Nuclear Escalation (1982); Nuclear
Proliferation (1992); Nuclear War Booster packs (1996); and Weapons of
Mass Destruction (2004) continue to be the companies top sellers.
Nuclear War was recently sub licensed to eGames, Inc., who plan to
release an interactive cell phone version of the game.
During 2003 & 2004
Doug had a DARPA contract to invent better morphing wing UAV aircraft
(Unclassified). 2,000 pound UAV's like the Predator - but doing a lot
more than simple retractable flaps and leading edge slats to enable them
to loiter efficiently doing surveillance over a location for 10 hours.
The principle idea was that after sensing & confirming the bad guys
(while loitering efficiently) to then instantly drastically change
aerodynamic configuration at will and then dash down at Mach 0.9 while
pulling 4 to 5 g maneuvers. This would save calling in the F-16 jocks
and waiting 20 minutes for them to arrive. He was the plenary speaker
for the July 2003 Morphing Aircraft Structures Conference in San Diego.
(These are discussed on Doug’s invention website:
Delta two man Submarine rated to 1,200 ft depths.
152.2 MPH world record pedal bicycle.
SkyCycle – steam powered rocket designed for Evel Knievel’s canyon jump
patented KiteCycle - world record distance jumping motorcycle.
JetBike – turbine thrust powered dragster motorcycle.
White Lightning – World record Bonneville Salt Flats electric car.
245.524 MPH two way average (1999).
Scientific American cover feature
The Aerodynamics of
Human Powered Land Vehicles
Goodnight March 31, 2052
(International Human Powered Vehicle Association) papers
Model Rocketry magazine – technical editor doing monthly articles.
Powered Racing Vehicles using Hydrogen Peroxide of 90 Percent strength
SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) Future Transportation Conference:
People Pods - Miniature Magnetic Levitation Vehicles for Personal
Integrated Sensing since 1998.
J. Paul Getty museum mechanicals.
California Edison – Future energy systems lecturer.
Divers West – supertanker/container ship underwater hull cleaning
Materials – tank level and density sensing systems.
Ducommon AeroStructures - Eclipse 500 VLJ turbine
jet - skins handling.
Doug and Karen
Malewicki have been living in Irvine, CA since 1977 (30 years). Karen
is a retired elementary school teacher. Doug’s daughter Michelle is a
top ultra runner. Ultras are trail races in the mountains at distances
greater than the standard 26.2 mile long marathon, Michelle has set 11
female ultra records in 2007 – 4 in one month. November 2006 she won a
100-mile ultra race in AZ
A list of all her current records and a bit about her super hero game
Doug has one grand daughter Sierra, age 7, who loves backpacking in the
Sierras and running. Doug’s stepdaughter, Kim, lives in New Zealand
with her husband Steve, where they both work in marketing.