The success of Aquaback Technologies rides on its very talented team. Aquaback has assembled the following individuals who bring their passion and excitement for developing the next generation of water purification and recycling modules. Their vast knowledge and expertise allow them to overcome any challenges they may face.
Bill Zebuhr is the founder, co-CEO, CTO and inventor at Aquaback. He is responsible for inventing and creating the overall design of the distiller, leading the team to finish design, analysis, build and test of the product. He also leads the design of the manufacturing processes and works with vendors who will be involved with manufacturing. Bill is also responsible for assisting in the market analysis and working with potential partners and customers. Bill has a Masters of Engineering, Mechanical from Cornell University. He has over 40 years of intense engineering experience in a large industrial company, Emerson Electric, large defense company, Sander's Associates (now BAE) and numerous small companies including start-ups. He invented the Z Duct, an industrial head recovery device that is the technical basis for Des Champs Laboratories, now a 50 million dollar per year division of a larger company. He founded and ran Sun House, Inc., the largest solar company in New Hampshire in the early 1980's. Mr. Zebuhr also founded Ovation Products, later renamed Zanaqua, where he invented and developed the most energy effecient vapor compression distiller at the time. A prolific inventor with 35 patents that span a wide range of expertise, Bill is credited with inventions that have saved hundreds of millions of gallons of oil to date and is adding to that by an estimated 3,000 barrels of oil per day.
Scott Newquist is the co-CEO. He is also the chairman and the CFO. He is responsible for leading the company in non-technical, non-engineering related areas, including strategy, capital structure and financing, business planning and budgeting, marketing, joint venture partner selection and negotiation of terms. Scott holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School, graduating as a Baker Scholar, and a BA from Williams College, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He was Executive Managing Director of Kidder Peabody with profit responsibility for over 4000 employees, Managing Director and head of Merchant Banking at Morgan Stanley and has been co-founder of several other businesses.
David Dussault serves as Mechanical Engineer, Senior Analyst, and Vice President. His primary responsibilities are to support design through analysis and testing. For analysis, he develops mathematical models of the distiller. The models are used to optimize performance and to troubleshoot testing. For testing, he leads the experimental validation of performance. Analysis and testing results are documented with internal reports, which can be requested, with a short glimpse provided on the analysis page. David has a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, where he concentrated in numerical thermo-fluids. His previous positions include design, analysis and testing at Zanaqua Technologies for vapor compression distillation applications, at GE for airplane engine applications, and at Aerodyne Research for airplane exhaust applications.
Charlie Blanchard helps to develop methods of manufacturing and subsystems of the distiller. He works with engineering and also vendors on cost and schedule of delivery. He has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing, ranging from starting up new facilities to managing production lines. For the last eight years, he has worked on vapor compression distillation with engineers and vendors to produce a variety of distillers.
Bill Burie works as Materials Manager, Operations Manager and Project Manager. Bill helps schedule, conducts regular company meetings required to keep all departments focused and on track for meeting goals, as well as provides weekly reports to co-CEO's of schedule states. Bill has 38 years in a manufacturing environment. He was trained at a vocational technical school in welding and sheet metal fabrication. He worked as a welder for three companies, including Ingersoll Rand, dealing with carbon steel, aluminum, stainless steel and titanium and was a QC Inspector and a QC Engineer at Ingersoll Rand. Bill earned a Master's of Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University and became the Senior Buyer at Ingersoll Rand. From 2000 to the present, Bill has worked in purchasing, materials management, contract management and customer relations.
Andrew Condon is the Senior Mechanical Engineer. His primary responsibility is to move the distiller from the conceptual to the detailed design phase, which includes design for manufacturing. He is responsbile for the 3D CAD models and manufacturing drawings. For manufacturing, he applies DFM principles to ensure that the design is both manufacturable and afforadable. Andy has a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has a diverse background as both a design and manufacturing engineer. He worked in semiconductor, medical, industrial machinery, telecommunication and turbomachinery positions. His previous positions include Senior Design Engineer for a vapor compression distiller water purification device at DEKA Research and Development.
Michael Easton is a Mechanical Engineer. His principle focus is on the design and manufacturing of the high efficiency CFHX in the distiller. Michael brings his passion for clean tech to Aquaback Technologies, having worked in the wind turbine industry for the past 6 years. To ensure the success of the CFHX and Aquaback, he will leverage his creativity and experience starting his own company, MicroWind Technologies, during which time he designed and manufactured a novel wind turbine for existing structures. Michael graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University. In his free time, he enjoyes being on the water, kiteboarding and competing in F18 catamaran regattas.
Steven Sahagian is a Mechanical Designer and also doubles as the IT Administrator. Steve brings many years of experience in the Computer Aided Design and Information Technology worlds and formerly ran his own business helping small engineering companies, like Aquaback, get off the ground by configuring their computer networks and CAD development software and processes to ensure they got off on the right foot. Steve’s primary focus is on the overall product from concept to production and everything in between.
Nicholas Wong joins Aquaback as a Mechanical Engineer. His primary focus is the development of products from concept to manufacturable systems. He brings with him a wide breadth of engineering experience. Previous responsibilities include: mechanical design of vapor-compression distillers at Zanaqua Technologies, logistics and life-cycle analysis of defense systems at Raytheon, and advanced concepts design of consumer apparel at Collective Brands. Nick graduated from Tufts University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is actively expanding his design repertoire by taking classes in Human Factors at Bentley University.