Hyperloop co-founder learned ropes in garage in McDon­ald

En­gi­neer to keep refin­ing his prod­uct

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - The Region - By Ed Blaz­ina

Pitts­burgh Post-Gazette

Josh Giegel has come a long way from his child­hood work­ing on cars with his father in the garage of their home near McDon­ald.

Mr. Giegel, 32, still works on cars, but now as one of the founders of Hyperloop One, the cars the West Al­legheny High School grad­u­ate works on can travel 700 miles an hour on a cush­ion of air in­side a low-pres­sure tube. Mr. Giegel is also pres­i­dent of engi­neer­ing for Hyperloop, the Cal­i­for­nia com­pany that last week chose a pro­posed Pitts­burgh-Colum­busChicago route as one of 10 projects that will con­tinue de­vel­op­ing their pro­pos­als to im­ple­ment the emerg­ing tech­nol­ogy.

Not bad for some­one who ex­pected he might some­day man­age a small engi­neer­ing firm.

Mr. Giegel got his in­ter­est in engi­neer­ing nat­u­rally be­cause his par­ents are engi­neers, father David with Mit­subishi Elec­tric in Cran­berry and mother Tom­milea with the Beaver Val­ley Power Sta­tion in Ship­ping­port. After get­ting his bach­e­lor’s de­gree in me­chan­i­cal engi­neer­ing from Penn State — don’t re­mind his par­ents, both Pitt grads — and his mas­ter’s from Stan­ford, he was con­tem­plat­ing con­tin­u­ing on for his doc­tor­ate when he landed an in­ter­view with Space Ex­plo­ration Tech­nolo­gies Corp.

“There’s noth­ing I think I’d never want to do less than spend four years in aca­demic re­search,” he said Fri­day in an in­ter­view from Lon­don. “Grad school re­ally opened my eyes to what was pos­si­ble. You don’t

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