Stephen S. Roop, Ph.D.
Dr. Roop is the originator and designer of the Freight Shuttle System (FSS) and the Chairman/President of Freight Shuttle International (FSI). Beginning in 2005, his work on the FSS focused on developing an approach to goods movement that would enhance this critical industry and overcome the growing challenges associated with rising costs, driver shortages, roadway congestion, infrastructure deterioration, safety, and air quality. With more than 25 years in freight transportation systems and operations research, Dr. Roop’s expertise in rail and trucking led to the innovative solution of introducing an entirely new mode of automated, intermodal freight systems. Dr. Roop also serves as Chief Technical Officer for FSI and oversees the prototype design — technical requirements, functionality, and systems performance.
Mr. Stewart is the Chief Executive Officer of Freight Shuttle International. A successful hi-tech entrepreneur and corporate executive, Michael brings more than 39 years of experience in start-ups, growth management, and team building to Freight Shuttle International. His experience in corporate restructuring, management of limited resources, and finance makes him the ideal leader for the Freight Shuttle team.
Mr. Dorsey is Vice President of Strategy and Commercial Development. Gordon is responsible for Freight Shuttle International’s strategic planning and business development process, which is designed to identify and develop commercial opportunities for the Freight Shuttle System. He orchestrates Freight Shuttle’s outreach initiative to educate and inform key constituencies and coordinates the development of positive and productive relationships with investors, customers, industry stakeholders, the media, community leaders, and the public.
Gerry Roop is responsible for Freight Shuttle systems engineering and technical support for prototype planning, design, and refinement. He also leads the development of the functional specification for the command, control, and communications subsystems, identifying appropriate companies to serve as primary contractors and the subsystems needed to implement the prototype Freight Shuttle System.
Ms. Franklin is the Head of Administration for Freight Shuttle International. Jessica is responsible for the Freight Shuttle System finance and procurement process. She handles all aspects of administration and office management for the Freight Shuttle team. She also executes financial and procurement plans including accounts receivable and payable and coordinates with vendors and strategic partners to order materials, parts, and products used in the development, manufacture, and testing of the Freight Shuttle System and the continued development of the Freight Shuttle Test and Evaluation Center.
Mr. Kuhn is the Freight Shuttle Test and Evaluation Center Manager. Gary is responsible for managing the Freight Shuttle Test and Evaluation Center Project including design, construction, and operation of the Test and Evaluation Center infrastructure and prototype vehicles at the site. Gary provides the Freight Shuttle Team with executive-level advice in project development, design engineering, contracts management and procurement.
Mr. Yager is the Freight Shuttle Project Manager. Michael Yager leads Freight Shuttle’s prototyping initiative as Program Manager over the Freight Shuttle Development Team that consists of over 20 engineers, designers, and fabricators. In this role, he maintains an overarching schedule that encompasses the entire scope of work for the Development Team, acts as a planning liaison between the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and the Test Site construction team, and provides necessary schedule milestones for incorporation into the test-site construction schedule to ensure civil construction designs conform to the latest designs from the Development Team. He is also engaged in the systems engineering effort including the definition, compliance, and coalescing of subsystems and their interfaces.