Recent Contracts


  • July 2014 Army SBIR Phase I High Capability Off Road Active Suspension System


  • July 2013 NASA STTR Phase II Canfield Joint - Vibration Isolation System


  • April 2013 NASA SBIR Phase I High Energy Density, High Power Density, High Cycle Life, Flywheel Energy Storage Systems


  • March 2012 NASA STTR Phase I Controlled Canfield Joint as Improved Gimbal for Flywheel Systems


  • January 2011 NASA STTR Phase I Superconducting Magnetic Bearings for Space Based Flywheel Energy Storage


  • January 2010 NASA STTR Phase I Active Electomechanical Suspension system for planetary rover


  • October 2009 NASA STTR Phase II Active Vibration Isolation System (VIS) for Mobile Launch Platform (MLP) ground support equipment


  • February 2008 NASA STTR Phase I Active Vibration Isolation System (VIS) for Mobile Launch Platform (MLP) ground support equipment

 

Our Principles

 

 

 

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Dr. Joseph Beno - President
Ph. D., Electrical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 1989
M.S., Physics, University of Alabama at Huntsville, 1979
B.S., Engineering Physics, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, 1971
Biography

Dr. Joe Beno serves as President and CEO of Balcones Technologies. He has over 35 years experience in leadership and management, with over 20 years focused on advanced technology development of military and commercial technology and products. Most recently Dr. Beno has served as an Associate Director of the University of Texas Center for Electromechanics, where he obtained funding for and executed contracts for over $45M of advanced technology development programs. These programs were focused in off-road mobility, active suspension systems, large-scale precision robotic systems for advanced telescopes, advanced controls, high-speed rotating machines, and high speed composite flywheel energy storage systems. Prior to that he served 22 years in the U.S. Army where his assignments included the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the U.S. Army Electric Gun Program, stateside assistant to the Science and Technology Advisor for the U.S. negotiation team on armament reductions for Conventional Forces in Europe, and troop leadership positions. Dr. Beno has authored or co-authored 36 refereed/archival publications, holds 2 patents and has one patent pend

 

Mr. Richard Hayes - V.P. Marketing

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 1980

Biography

Mr. Hayes serves as Vice President in charge of business development at Balcones Technologies, developing new markets and identifying new applications for existing and developing technologies. He has over 30 years of experience in engineering design and project management with the past 10 years focused on promoting the licensing and commercialization of technologies with the universities industrial partners. The first of those successful efforts was the Flywheel Battery Project where Mr. Hayes guided the overall system design of the 40,000 rpm, 2 kWh, 150 kW flywheel battery along with supervising subcontractors responsible for delivering the permanent magnet motor-generator and magnetic bearings. The project resulted in licensing of CEM flywheel related technology to a commercial flywheel manufacturer, who continues to receive support in flywheel research under the direction of Mr. Hayes. Mr. Hayes was also instrumental in the licensing and technology transfer of active suspension technology for military vehicle applications to Northrop Grumman (now L3 Electronic Systems) who now markets these systems to all branches of the military with a focus on light and medium duty wheeled vehicles. Mr. Hayes has published ten refereed papers in recognized journals, twenty-five other technical reports and non-refereed journal articles, and has two patents based on his work.

 

Mr. Damon Weeks - V.P. Technology

M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 1990

B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 1984

Biography

Mr. Weeks serves as Vice President of Technology at Balconies Technologies. He has over 25 years of experience working with pulsed electrical equipment and active suspension systems at the University of Texas Center for Electromechanics. Mr. Weeks specializes in system modeling, control system and power system design for active electromagnetic suspension systems. While at the Center for Electromechanics, he has had primary responsibility for design, implementation, and testing of the controls and power electronics for electromagnetic suspension system demonstrations on a full scale M-1 tank single wheel test system, on a military HMMWV, a metropolitan transit bus, 2.5 ton cargo capacity military truck (LMTV) and on a 20 ton, hybrid-electric, tracked vehicle. He recently lead the successful design, fabrication and testing of an electromagnetic actuator system for aggregate separation. He brings his extensive electromagnetic design and control expertise to bear on the Vibration Isolation System (VIS) actuator concept design and controls. Mr. Weeks holds two patents and is author or co-author of 22 refereed journal articles.