Our Team

Mark Russell

CEO, Director & Founder, Spokane

Mark is the founder and CEO of HyperSciences. Mark has a Masters from Stanford in Aero/Astro, is the former lead engineer for Blue Origin, and has a long history of family mining development and operations for some of the world’s largest mines. Mark provides both the vision and technical expertise to lead the world’s first company focused on hypervelocity applications.


Hossam Elbadawy

Advisor, Houston

Hossam Elbadway is a technical and business advisor to HyperSciences. He is also a Senior Operating Partner at Lime Rock Partners and former CEO of Tercel Oilfield Products, that he sold in May 2016. Prior to serving in these roles, Hossam spent nearly 17 years at Schlumberger, most recently as Vice President of Manufacturing. Earlier in his career at Schlumberger, Hossam managed the company’s leading-edge Rosharon Technology Center and the Houston Product Center. He currently serves on the board of directors of GEODynamics, and TGT Oil and Gas Services.

He is a graduate of Ain Shams University (B.S. in Mechanical Eng), Kellogg School of Management (MBA) and McCormick School of Engineering (M.Eng) at Northwestern University.


Tim Elder

RAMAC Engineer & Analyst, Spokane

Tim has a Masters from University of Washington in Aero/Astro and has spent the last five years focused exclusively on design, construction, and testing of three separate ram accelerators from 0.5-inch to 4-inch diameter. Tim is responsible for the complex hydro-elastic modeling that couples structural and gas dynamics with impact modeling for optimization of ram accelerator performance.


Dr. Carl Knowlen

RAMAC Chief Advisor

PhD, AA Engineering, MSAA,  BSAA, University of Washington, Seattle.

Dr. Knowlen is a Research Associate Professor at University of Washington, Seattle. Research ativities are related to energy conversion, combustion physics, and hypervelocity propulsion relating to research programs on the ram accelerator hypervelocity mass driver.


Chuck Russell

Director & Vice President Business Development, Spokane

Chuck was one of the first investors in the commercialization of the RAMAC technology and is also a HyperSciences Director. His past experience has involved exploration, development , permitting and sales of mineral projects in Asia. Chuck is responsible for managing HyperSciences remote testing facility and installation and controls of the RAMAC instrumentation.


Mike McSherry

Director & Resident Entrepreneur, Seattle

Mike is a serial entrepeneur and former CEO of SWYPE (mobile app) as well as other large communication platforms. He has raised and returned hundreds of millions of dollars to investors, and 4 out of 5 of the startups he has been involved in have been quite successful.


Minh Button

RAMAC Propulsion & Test Engineer, Spokane

Minh is a recent graduate of the University of Washington with a BS in Aero/Astro. Minh was the propulsion lead of UW’s Society for Advanced Rocket Propulsion with most of his time focused on building and designing large hybrid rockets and research of incompressible fluid dynamics. Minh is responsible for designing and testing of RAMAC systems including detonation mechanics, automation, and propulsion requirements


Matt Bell

Advisor, Houston

Dynamic, motivated individual with diverse international experience in oil and gas exploration and production, corporate venture capital, oil and gas equipment manufacturing and supply, and oil and gas software and services. Technical expertise in well construction and remediation.

Specialties: Oil and gas well completions technology, Oilfield explosives & perforating, Geotechnical software, Geoprediction services, Technology development and commercialization, Deal structuring and negotiation, Entrepreneurship, Start-up ventures, Technology accelerators and incubators