By Erik Gomez, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture intern

jeremy-ornan-stonePULLMAN, Wash. – A free, public lecture on what may be the biggest transport breakthrough in 100 years – the high speed (600 mph) transportation of passengers and goods in tubes – will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in PACCAR 202 at Washington State University.

Speaker Jeremy Ornan-Stone, acting chief officer and vice chairman of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc., began his career as an intensive care physician specializing in hemodynamics – the study of the forces that make blood flow in the circulatory system – and aviation medicine. His talk is part of the WSU Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture’s Cheatham Lecture.

Ornan-Stone will introduce the physical, human, logistical and financial challenges facing the proposed Hyperloop, which inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk has called “the fifth mode of transport” (after road, rail, water and air).

“The hype in Hyperloop may seem justified when the combined technologies are yet to be demonstrated even in scale, but governments worldwide are starting to take notice,” Ornan-Stone said.

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Ornan-Stone has researched and published in journals on topics in surgery, pharmacology, critical care, medical physics, high and low gravity physiology and management. He has been active for two decades as a private and institutional founder and investor in financial services, aviation, healthcare and technology.

The Robert A. Cheatham Engineering Management Lecture Series is named in honor of the late WSU alumnus, who played a key role in establishing the WSU Foundation.


Tina Hilding, WSU Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture communications, 509-335-5095,