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Our people make decarbonization easy.




Colin Huwyler


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Colin is a veteran of the renewable fuels industry. Prior to becoming CEO of Optimus, he founded Fossil Free Fuel and was previously the Director of Research and Technology at Steel City Biofuels.


Colin holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a certificate in Entrepreneurial Leadership from Carnegie Mellon University. He is also a co-inventor on several Optimus patents.


In his free time, Colin enjoys building, playing soccer, and pursuing outdoor activities such as riding his motorcycle and mountain biking.


Lori Dunn

Chief Operating Officer

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Lori helps direct the growth of Optimus Technologies and its operational needs. An alumna of California State University, Fullerton, and the Heller School at Brandeis University, her career focus is making a difference in climate tech.


She came to Optimus because of its ability to meet the urgency of decarbonizing fleets at scale, ease for fleet managers, and cost savings; the team's dynamic and passion was the icing on the cake!


When Lori isn't working, you can find her out in nature with her dog, traveling, and mentoring up-and-coming salespeople. 


Jon Ewing

Co-founder/Head of Engineering & Production

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Jon is responsible for Optimus' engineering and operations teams. He is the co-inventor for many of the Optimus patents, including The Vector System.


He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering and Material Science from the University of Pittsburgh and spent four years in an Army Special Operations Unit. Jon would rather focus on fueling for the transportation sector above ground on US soil than fight for oil dominance in foreign wars.


He enjoys the challenges of his job and the camaraderie of the team. In his free time, Jon likes cycling, archery, and spending time with family.


Gavin Crain

Head of Finance

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Gavin is responsible for keeping track of all the debits & credits and dollars & cents into and out of the company. With over 20 years of experience as an accounting professional and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, he is well suited for the job.


All his efforts support the carbon emission reduction goals that Optimus has set and his hopes to leave the world a little better than he found it.


When Gavin isn’t working at Optimus, he can be found spending time with his family, playing disc golf, hiking, snowboarding or whitewater kayaking somewhere just outside of Pittsburgh, PA. 

The Team

Our team is passionate about helping our customers decarbonize their operations without any interruptions. We are made up of talented engineers, go-to-market pros, and operators who work together to push the boundaries of what's possible and make a positive impact on the world. 

It's fun to do good. Join us. 


Ananth Palaniappan

Mechanical Engineer


Ed Davis

Production Manager


Evan Palmer

Field Systems Engineer


Gaia Rajan

Engineering Intern


Harper York

Project Support Specialist


Jason Via

Assembly & Procurement Associate


Johanna Seminario

Account Executive


Katie Crandol

Office Manager


Kevin Smyth

Sr Mechanical Engineer


Matt Homman

People Ops Lead


Maximillian Marchioli

Mechanical Engineer


Nicole White

Field Diesel Technician


Reese Hawk

Mechanical Engineer


Rick Davis

Field Service Technician


Steven Sarfin

Director of Marketing

Careers at Optimus

Passionate about reducing carbon emissions? Want to be an important part of creating the future of sustainable transportation? Reach out.


Whether you're interested in engineering, working on diesel engines, go-to-market, or more, there are exciting opportunities available to join our team of passionate individuals who are dedicated to creating a better world.

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