Todd Reichert, Founder
(PhD, Aerospace Engineering, U of T)
Todd is the muscle behind Aerovelo's human-powered vehicles. He is driven by a desire to tackle problems that are out of the ordinary and is fearless in his pursuit of breaking engineering and physical boundaries. Taking up speed-skating in 2010, Todd rose to national competition level within a year. Aerovelo has challenged him to take his athleticism to another level. With an output of 1 horsepower over 1 minute, Todd's legs have powered the flights of the world's first human-powered ornithopter (Snowbird) in 2010, and then clinched the Sikorsky Prize in 2013 by powering the helicopter Atlas. Todd is currently ranked as the world’s 7th fastest human in eta (77.68 mph at Battle Mountain in 2013). Earning his PhD in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Toronto, Todd’s specialty also lies in the aerodynamic design of both aircraft and streamlined land-vehicles, with a specific interest in blending the functional and the beautiful.
Cameron Robertson, Founder
(MASc, PEng, Aerospace Engineering Graduate, U of T)
Cameron is passionate about inspiring public interest in science, technology, and environmentally-conscious engineering. Aerovelo’s projects are an exciting platform for this outreach and an engaging challenge requiring innovation and creativity. Cameron graduated University of Toronto Engineering Science (Aerospace) in 2008, and graduated his MASc from U of T Institute for Aerospace Studies in 2009. His expertise includes structural design and optimization, advanced composite materials, and material selection for lightweight aerostructures. In addition to eta, Snowbird, Atlas, and ongoing work in speedbikes, he spent 2 years in industry developing small unmanned aircraft systems. Cameron enjoys rock climbing, squash, and sailing in his free time.