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Gordon Danby (left) and James Powell received a patent in 1968 for Maglev, a 300-mile-per-hour alternative to congested highways.  The idea was actively pursued in Germany and Japan.




Primary Contacts


Mr. James C. Jordan


Interstate Maglev Project, LLC

708 East Broad Street

Falls Church, Virginia 22046

Tel (703) 241-8711 Fax (703) 241-8714



Ernest M. Fazio (Ernie)

Maglev 2000

PO Box 135

Centerport, NY 11721

Tel 631 757-1698 Fax 631 757-1698

Cell 516 528 2377


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Biographies of Key Personnel


•   James C. Jordan

     He is a Principal and Chief Executive of the Interstate Maglev Project.

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•   James R. Powell, Ph.D.

     He is a Director of the MAGLEV 2000 of Florida Corporation.

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•   Gordon Danby, Ph.D.

     He is a Director of the MAGLEV 2000 of Florida Corporation.

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•   Tom R. Wagner

      He is the President and a Director of the MAGLEV 2000 of Florida


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•   Louis Ventre, Jr.

     He is General Counsel of the Interstate Maglev Project.

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James C. Jordan


He is a Principal and Chief Executive of the Interstate Maglev Project.


He is a former energy research director for the U.S. Navy, a policy advisor for then Senator John C. Stennis, a private business consultant and a business leader of several technology companies.


From 1990 to the present, Mr. Jordan engaged in policy analysis and providing strategic advice in the advancement of several private sector businesses seeking develop-ment and utilization of advanced technologies.


In his work for the United States Navy, Commander Jordan served on the Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations as a Program Director for the Navy’s Energy R&D program. He conceived and directed a computer-based world-wide performance monitoring system for logistics; directed Navy public affairs program; developed and implemented executive planning system for Navy headquarters command; planned and implemented a post graduate military educational program; taught behavioral science at post graduate level; managed a primary logistics facility in Vietnam; and directed various ship and shore Navy organizations.


During the 1980’s, Mr. Jordan was a senior policy advisor to Senator John C. Stennis, President Pro-Tempore and Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. In addition, during the 1980’s, he directed the Center for Preservation Policy Studies at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.


He is a graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (with distinction, 1977). As a Navy Officer, he also obtained a Masters in Business Administration at Harvard (1970). He graduated in 1959 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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James R. Powell, Ph.D.


He is a Director of the MAGLEV 2000 of Florida Corporation.


Dr. Powell and his colleague, Dr. Gordon Danby are the recipients of the 2000 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Engineering for their invention of superconducting Maglev. The medal was awarded to by The Franklin Institute "for their invention of a magnetically-levitated transport system using super conducting magnets and subsequent work in the field." The Franklin Institute awards medals annually in recognition of the recipients' genius and civic spirit and in memory of the Institute's namesake, Benjamin Franklin, who exhibited those same qualities. Some noted past recipients of the Franklin Institute medals include Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Neils Bohr, Max Planck, Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.


He was a senior scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) from 1956 through 1996. His experiences have led to significant advances in the design and analysis of advanced reactor systems, cryogenic and super conducting power transmission, plasma physics, mine safety, fusion reactor technology, electronuclear (accelerator) breeder systems, transmutation of nuclear wastes, space nuclear thermal propulsion, electromagnetic hypervelocity guns, hydrogen and synthetic fuels, and transportation infrastructure.


He holds patents for the Particle Bed Reactor (PBR) for nuclear rocket propulsion, the use of aluminum structure in fusion reactors; blankets employing solid lithium ceramics and alloys for tritium breeding; and, demountable super conducting magnet systems and the advanced verification system for high-level nuclear and toxic wastes. He and Dr. Danby are the holders of the first patent for superconducting Maglev in 1968, as well as many recent patents on their 2nd generation advanced maglev system.


Dr. Powell holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Carnegie Institute of Technology and a Doctor of Science in nuclear engineering earned in 1958 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Powell has published almost 500 professional papers and reports. He is a member of the American Nuclear Society.

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Gordon Danby, Ph.D.


He is a Director of the MAGLEV 2000 of Florida Corporation.


Together with Dr. Powell, Dr. Danby was awarded the Franklin Institute Medal 2000 for Engineering for their Maglev inventions. He retired from Brookhaven National Laboratory where he worked on theory and experimental development of accelerators and magnetic detectors for the study of basic properties of matter. Dr. Danby, together with Dr. Powell, is directing the development of advanced 2nd generation Maglev by their company Maglev 2000 of Florida.


Gordon Danby is widely respected for his contribution to the practical application of theoretical science to technology. His achievements are recognized by his peers as changing Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Transportation Industries.


From the Franklin Award citation, Danby’s pioneering research efforts in magnetic technology led to the production of open Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines that are better, faster and more patient friendly than their tunnel-style predecessors. Danby, along with James Powell, also invented the Superconducting Maglev, a magnetically levitated, high speed train system. The practical and efficient design of the Maglev provides mixed freight and passenger service and interfaces easily with other transport modes.


Dr. Danby received his B.S. in physics and math from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and his Ph.D. in nuclear physics from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, In 1983, the New York Academy of Sciences honored Danby with the Boris Pregel Award for Applied Science and Technology.

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Tom R. Wagner


He is the President and a Director of the MAGLEV 2000 of Florida Corporation.


He is also a Director and Secretary/Treasurer of the Danby Powell MAGLEV Technology Corporation. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Bucknell University, a J.D. from the Temple University School of Law, and an LL.M. from the University of Virginia School of Law.


Mr. Wagner has extensive experience as a consultant and business lawyer, having played key roles providing management advice to First Team Real Estate, Inc., and Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Inc., (two of the largest real estate companies in the country) and to Enterprise Productivity Systems, Inc., where he also was on the Board of Directors. He has served as Assistant Professor and Department Chair for Engineering and Business in the California Community College System and has authored various texts on government contracting.


He has been a member of the law firm of Wildish & Nialis, where he provided legal advice and general counsel services to various national and regional firms.  He has been the Senior Counsel for Finance and Litigation for TRW Inc.'s, Space and Defense Sector, which had sales in excess of $3 billion annually. He also served as Group Counsel for both TRW's Space and Technology Group and its Electronic Systems Group, which produced satellites and space vehicles for governmental and commercial customers.


Previously, he held the position of Deputy Assistant General Counsel for International Trade and Emergency Preparedness at the United States Department of Energy, Attorney/Advisor at the United States General Accounting Office, and Captain in the United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corp.

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Louis Ventre, Jr.


He is General Counsel of the Interstate Maglev Project. He is an Attorney at Law, licensed to practice law in Virginia, Washington DC, New Jersey and before the Supreme Court of the United States.


He has been an active corporate, government and private attorney for 26 years. He is a registered patent attorney and regularly files and prosecutes national and international patents.  Mr. Ventre formerly served as Counsel to the United States House of Representatives, Committee on Science, Subcommittee on Energy Research and Production, where he worked for 10 years during the 1980's to create the Nation's energy research and development policies. Earlier, he worked as a mechanical engineer with a large electric utility company designing mechanical systems, procuring nuclear fuel, and supporting the licensing of nuclear power plants.


Mr. Ventre has formed and served as an officer for several technology companies involved in fossil energy, science policy, magnetohydrodynamics, and nuclear waste management.

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