Adam is an entrepreneur with experience in a broad range of industry sectors. He’s been involved in early stages with companies in software, product design, video games, genetics research, and online sales. The common thread through all of these is that his role has always been helping creative people achieve extraordinary results. A software engineer by education, he appreciates great design – especially functional design. He’s pondered having a bluetooth headset implanted in his skull.
Raised in North Carolina, Brett Doar pursued, and subsequently abandoned, degrees in architecture, linguistics, theater and literature. He’s worked as a film editor, middle school special education teacher, commercial fisherman, and bus driver, among others. A self-taught kinetic sculptor, he nonetheless has an MFA in Arts Computation and Engineering from the University of California at Irvine, and occasionally teaches there as well. His artwork has been shown in the US and abroad. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
Matt considers himself mostly adept. The Vanguard with a Hammer, Matt is a builder of great soups and famous gumbo. Following his forefathers, Matt has manifested exhibits and interactive projects for the Navy, The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, The Field Museum of Natural History, Walt Disney, Midway Airport, Cabelas, and Tiffany & Co. When not vigorously attending to the needs of his german shepherd, Annie (now Syyn Labs’ resident shop dog), Matt enjoys silversmithing, sailing and his current projects include spherical glucose acceleration and installing many varieties of jet engines.
Brent is a 2D & 3D designer/artist with 18 years of video game and digital art industry experience with multiple #1 games to his design credits. He brings a unique blend of award-winning art, design and UI experience to any project and benefits from having extensive experience with both departments, in addition to familiarity with creative and technical writing, sound design, music and motion capture. Additional experience includes a background and ratings in military and civil aviation, scuba diving, high performance driving, and numerous outdoor activities.
David is formally trained in Aerospace Engineering, specifically Computational Fluid Dynamics and Vehicle Performance. He has worked on aircraft such as F-18, F-15, and several UAV’s, to name a few. He holds a B.S in Aerospace Engineering from Cal Poly Pomona, where he also competed on the Track & Field team as a Decathlete. He’s terrifyingly accurate with a Javelin. He was “discovered” on a Discovery Channel competition show involving Rube Goldberg machines, and has continued playing with them since. When he’s not being an engineer, he’s a competitive cyclist and triathlete, finishing Ironman 70.3 Oceanside in 2012, and is currently training for a full distance Ironman in 2013.
Forever fascinated by the world around her, Elizabeth enjoys mixing disciplines. She uses her experience with film, audiences, and illustration to craft ideas through images. She has made custom apparel, brought tissue boxes to life, tutored Calculus, assisted in RFID research, and co-directed a short western about pies which has been shown in film festivals around the world. She holds a BFA in Computer Animation from Ringling College of Art and Design, where she was named Trustee Scholar.
James is an avionics and flight test engineer for a space tourism company and is also an electrical engineer consultant. He is an avid pilot, mountaineer, musician, diver, sailor, scientist, and renaissance man. His expertise is in electrical systems and software and he is passionate about inventing, building, and tinkering.
Oscar is formally trained in Aerospace Engineering, specifically guidance of hypersonic vehicles. He has worked on such programs as X-38 CRV, X-43A Hyper-X, and HTV2, to name a few. He holds a S.B in Aerospace Engineering from MIT, and both a M. Eng and PhD from Iowa State University in Aerospace Engineering. He stumbled into chain reaction machines simply by responding to an email. He’s still not sure why they called him back.
Born in the UK and raised in Los Angeles, Will has been pursuing various avenues in film, music, and science for as long as he can remember. A graduate from UC Santa Cruz in Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology, Will has found other outlets as a radio DJ, band manager, actor, web series producer, script writer, artist, handyman, amateur chef, and assembler of many random projects. He is currently the In House Producer / Production Coordinator at Syyn Labs.
Craig N Simmons is a Southern California native who has worked in the motion picture/entertainment industry for more than 25 years, assiduously avoiding the blinding spotlight of celebrity and the soul crushing influence of financial independence. The prolific writer of more than 15 feature screenplays and composer of hundreds of songs, Simmons has contributed broadcast material to NPR, the Jonathan Brandemeyer show as well as Howard Stern. In 1998, Simmons directed his self-penned feature film DEAD AIR to the rave reviews of almost no one. Following his success as a director, he has continued to support his muse with film location management jobs, the creation of bizarre and amazing props, special effects and set pieces and by writing ad copy for Botswanan toiletries*.
Jake is an aerospace engineer with a primary focus in the area of guidance, navigation, and control of aircraft, both manned and unmanned. While educated as an engineer, he also likes to think of himself as a scientist at heart. Outside of work some of his hobbies include flying airplanes, amateur astronomy, and meteorite hunting.
Reed is a welder and fabricator specializing is thin wall titanium and steel. Currently working with Syyn Labs Mr. Powell brings an unusual depth of experience. Originally destined to be a tuba instructor his love of metal took him a different route. Reed found his natural ability for welding at an early age. His talents have been honed from working under less then usual conditions, from the rolling decks of research vessels at sea to white out dust storms in the desert. Reed is a proud member of the Department of Public Works Metal Shop in Black Rock City Nevada.
Robin Carpenter has over 9 years experience in the special effects industry as a prop maker / fabricator. Following a successful and illustrious career in academia, she decided that her true calling lay in building things for people and institutions that have too much money. Her works have been worn by such dazzling personae as Fergie, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Katy Perry; they have appeared on stage for dubious productions such as Spiderman: Turn off the Dark, Avenue Q, and Creature from the Black Lagoon: the Musical. Some of her labors even made it to the big screen in the form of commercials, touting everything from air conditioners to cat litter. However, her real pride and joys are those that are permanently installed at Disneyland, disney cruise lines, and some super-rich guys‘ houses.
Having only an AA from attending part time at Pierce College, Yones has experienced the world of art from many perspectives from being in the field right out of high school. From audio and video effects to car and motorcycle design, Yones has a wealth of knowledge with a gift of bringing different mediums together. From motorcycles with glowing tron-inspired wheels and laser brake lights to faux painted Bel Air Crest homes, his hard work ethic and eye for taste bring his projects to levels exceeding clients’ expectations.