Mark D. Moore worked for NASA for 32 years before joining Uber to become the Engineering Director of Elevate Vehicle Systems. Uber has developed a transformative vision for urban mobility called Elevate to implement short-range aerial ridesharing that will provide a fast, on-demand aviation alternative to ground highway gridlock. Throughout his entire career, he has developed advanced aircraft, with a focus on Vertical Takeoff and Landing aircraft.
Over the past decade, he has pioneered the development of Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP) technologies as the fundamental enabler of new types of electric vertical flight aircraft. At NASA he led three rapid concept to flight demonstrator teams including Greased Lightning, the LEAPTech ‘MadMax’ mobile testrig, and the SCEPTOR X-57 – the first NASA manned X-plane (Experimental Airplane) in over 25 years.
His research has focused how to best achieve ultra-low community noise and ultra-safe redundant propulsion VTOL aircraft. He is the creator of the Puffin Personal Air Vehicle (PAV) that initiated the gold rush into the wild wild west of eVTOL aviation. He received his Master’s degree from Stanford University in Aeronautical Engineering and is completing his PhD from Georgia Tech that focuses on advance electric aircraft.