Blake Resnick Bio
Blake is the CEO/Founder of BRINC. He started taking college courses at the age of 14, and then attended Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering. Before launching the sUAS start-up, he worked at McLaren Automotive, Tesla Motors, and DJI Inc. He is also a member of the Thiel Fellowship’s class of 2020. Blake has the innate ability to define a problem, imagine a new approach and create a technology-based solution. His engineering skills include mechanical design, firmware development, electrical design, testing, high voltage systems, vacuum systems, composite design, additive manufacturing and CNC machining.
BRINC designs, manufactures and sells sUAS systems to public safety departments worldwide. His willingness to form collaborative partnerships with public safety officials gave birth to BRINC’s first product, the LEMUR. Using lidar technology, the drone flies indoors with precision and unprecedented agility, and its two-way communication system allows first responders to hear and see through the drone. Blake is currently working on an sUAS mesh system designed to respond to 911 calls and gunshot detections within seconds. When not enveloped in product development, he actively engages in talent recruitment, strategy, meeting with executives, and speaking with current and future investors. He recently negotiated and closed a $2 million Seed round and a $25 million Series A funding round.
Experimentally characterized the performance of an advanced lidar unit; distilled data into actionable insights for stakeholders within the company; and developed an active microcontroller operated drone tether system to prevent flyaways.
Developed a data-driven predictive model of CAN bus latency with respect to network utilization conditions. Packaged relevant algorithms in a user-friendly Matlab script. Determined the point at which high bus utilization levels cause catastrophic network failures in real cars.
Developed an innovative and radically inexpensive alternative to currently used brake cooling systems in McLaren super sports cars. Assisted the design director with miscellaneous projects and presented work to the CEO.
NUCLEAR FUSION REACTOR
Designed and fabricated an inertial electrostatic nuclear fusion reactor. The reactor fuses deuterium atoms together in a low-pressure environment. Atoms are accelerated by two spherically shaped tungsten grid terminals that are charged to vastly different electrical potentials. Fusion events occur in a steel ultra-high vacuum chamber that is evacuated by a roughing two-stage mechanical vacuum pump and a turbo-molecular pump. The system is powered by a custom 40kv at 20ma power supply. The reactor produces detectable amounts of neutron radiation and x-rays during operation.
Designed and fabricated over a dozen advanced small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS). Previous sUAS projects include a bespoke, fully autonomous, high-performance carbon fiber tricopter, a two-meter long wingspan flying wing (with an onboard high optical zoom 4k camera), and a rocket-assisted glider. Co-authored: low-cost sensing and communication system for Rotorcraft presented at the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems.
Designed and fabricated a carbon fiber and 3D printed alloy 910 supersonic rocket. The rocket has onboard telemetry, advanced recovery systems, and a GPS system.