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Meet the Great People at Thunderbird

Richard K. Sutz

Inventor/Chief Technology Officer /Director

Richard K. Sutz brings more than 30 years of experience in the research, development and manufacture of renewable energy technologies. He is an internationally acknowledged expert in the development of multiblade Drag-Type wind machines for water pumping (windmills) and electrical generation (wind turbines.)

Sutz is the Founder and CEO of Low Wind LLC. Low Wind’s technology is the result of more than $5.5 million of R&D. Its Water Pumping Windmills pump more water, at any wind speed, from any depth to water, at a lower cost than any other windmill in the world. Low Wind’s patent pending wind turbines, in the development stage, are projected to generate utility-grade power in wind speeds beginning at 4-5 MPH (which prevail over approximately 90% 0f the earth’s land mass), at an unsubsidized cost of less than three cents ($0.03) per kWh.

In June 2015, Sutz sold his Low Wind LLC wind turbine technology to Thunderbird Power Corporation, and joined TPC as Chief Technology Officer.

Generally, wind turbines require minimum wind speeds of 15 MPH (24 KPH) to operate cost effectively. Prevailing wind speeds of 15 MPH only occur over about 10% of the earth’s land surface. Prevailing wind speeds beginning at 4-5 MPH (6 -8 KPH), where TPC’s wind machines are projected to operate cost effectively, occur over about 90% of the earth’s surface. Sutz’s patent pending wind turbine technology permits cost effective use of 90% of the earth’s surface that have prevailing low wind speeds, heretofore insufficient for the use of any standard wind turbine.

Sutz’s background and experience span executive roles in both the private and public sector.

Sutz served as the Assistant Director for Europe and the Middle East for Grumman Aircraft where he was responsible for marketing military aircraft. After Europe he served as Deputy Director of the Arizona Energy Office, with joint responsibility for Arizona Energy Conservation Programs. He then joined the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as Director of the Energy Related Inventions Program.

Serving in the U.S. Navy, he invented a new valve for fighter pilot's oxygen breathing systems that prevented fatal accidents caused by hypoxia (lack of oxygen at high attitudes). It is still in use by military pilots today including in the F35 Raptor. In the U.S. Navy Bureau of Aeronautics he was the Project Officer for the first American installation of the Martin-Baker rocket powered ejection seat; enabling pilots to eject from the runway on landing or takeoff. For his efforts, he was awarded a Letter of Commendation from the Chief of Naval Operations.

Dr. Peter Jenkins

- PHD, P.E

Peter E. Jenkins is currently a Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He served as Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado at Denver from June, 1992 until January, 2002. He came to Colorado from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he served as Professor and Chairman of the Mechanical Engineering Department and Director of the Center for Engine Technology. Prior to his appointment in Nebraska, Dr. Jenkins was Professor and Associate Department Head of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Turbomachinery Laboratory at Texas A&M University. He conducts research and teaches courses in alternative fuels for diesel and gas turbine engines, energy conversion, fuel cells, basic and applied thermal sciences and all aspects of turbomachinery. Currently, Dr. Jenkins has two research contracts with the Office of Naval Research related to fuel cells and alternative fuels for engines. He also directs the new ME track in Sports Engineering. His industry experience includes serving as Executive Vice President of the Engine Corporation of American in Irvine, California, and Senior Engineer with Texas Instruments in Dallas.

Dr. Jenkins received a BSME from the University of Kansas in 1965, an MSME from SMU in 1969 (while working at Texas Instruments), and his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Purdue University in 1974. He also obtained an ExMBA from Pepperdine University in 1976 and an IEM from Harvard University in 1994. He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers as well as a member of several honorary and professional societies including Pi Tau Sigma, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Pi Sigma, SAE, AIAA, ASHRAE, and NSPE. He is a registered professional engineer and he was selected as one of fifty participants in the 2000 Leadership Denver program by the Denver Chamber of Commerce. Recently, he was selected as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at both the U.S. Air Force Academy (2004-05) and at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (2002-03). He also recently taught at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland (2007-08).

  • Energy conversion systems
  • Turbomachinery Performance (pumps, compressors, and turbines)
  • Turbomachinery design, analysis, and simulation
  • Engine design, analysis, and simulation
  • Fluid mechanic applications
  • Boundary Layer analysis
  • Turbulence
  • Exergy Analysis
  • Heat Transfer applications
  • High Temperature Materials
  • Energy sytems design, analysis, and simulation
  • Turbomachinery and engine design, analysis, and simulation
  • Thermal systems design, analysis, and simulation
  • Performance analysis on any energy conversion device or system
  • High Temperature Materials
  • Technical Marketing and Sales to industry, government, and private companies
  • 2008 - Received Letter of Commendation for teaching at the three military academies from the Deputy Secretary of Defense, Gordon England.
  • 2007 - Appointed Visiting Professor, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD.
  • 2007 - Selected as a Distinguished Alumni, University of Kansas
  • 2004 - Selected as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the US Air Force Academy.
  • 2003 - 2003Received the US Army’s “Commander’s Award for Outstanding Public Service”, from the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, May, 2003.

Greg Frazier


Greg Frazier is considered a supply chain pioneer in his field. Frazier joined Avnet in 1977 and later created Avnet's strategic account organization, focusing on the distribution needs of the Fortune 500's top 50 electronics companies. The success of that organization led to the formation of Avnet's value-added services unit. He later established Avnet's Integrated Material Services (IMS) business, which focuses on supply chain management, and served as its president.

As a 30-year industry veteran, Frazier is a recognized expert and visionary in global electronics supply chain management. He was named executive vice president of Supply Chain Business Development for Avnet Electronics Marketing, Global, in 2004 an Executive Vice President, Business Innovation in 2008. Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), a Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded technology, serving customers in more than 70 countries worldwide. Avnet accelerates its partners' success by connecting the world's leading technology suppliers with a broad base of more than 100,000 customers and by providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. In 2015 Avnet had Revenues of $27.92 billion with $3.19 billion gross profit.

Rick Hinds

Director/Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Hinds graduated from the University of Washington in Oceanography with an interest in fluid dynamics in 1972, secured a Master’s Degree from Western Washington University in 1988 and post graduate/doctoral work at Arizona State University. Mr. Hinds is currently working with North Central University in pursuit of a PhD and brings a wide range of business experiences beginning soon after his graduation from the University of Washington. In 1999 Mr. Hinds founded AZ Prep, a technology company that developed a unique software program conducting data analysis for schools and schools districts across the US. In 2006 Mr. Hinds founded Motivating tomorrow’s Minds, which worked with Federal funding to provide services to, disadvantaged students In Texas. That company also developed several proprietary educational software programs. Since 2009 Mr. Hinds has worked with Low Wind (now Thunderbird), initially to design training programs, moving into sales, then product development and finally in 2015 accepted the role of CEO.

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