Bob Evans, Master of Science (Hon. Causa), Co-Founder

Bob Evans is a visionary, an entrepreneur, who identifies and materializes significant solutions.

He has invested his life in identifying opportunities, putting the teams together and executing the programs necessary to realize projects in the ocean, while addressing needs of society. Desalination is his primary passion because coastal desalination is harming the world’s eco-system.

Bob has spent approximately 6,000 hours under water (equivalent to 3 full-time working years), during which he established and documented undersea programs, some for which required he design and produce equipment. His manufacturing experience includes establishment of polyurethane production facilities and development of revolutionary methods of molding.

He has more than 30 patents, work in Museums (New York Museum of Modern Art, Department of Architecture and Design, New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, etc.), and international design accolades, including a “Time Magazine Innovation of Year Award.”


Susanne Chess, Co-Founder
Strategic Planning

Susanne Chess is the daughter of entrepreneurs, from whom she acquired her passion for business. She is responsible for planning and directing all financial activities, business operations and marketing. Her thirty years of key management experience is crucial for problem solving skills and budget formulation, financial reporting and purchasing.

A recognized business leader in Santa Barbara, CA, she was honored to be asked to give a commencement speech to the graduating class of the Women’s Economic Venture Group, and as a guest speaker for symposia on International Business at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 2013, she was awarded a Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award by its Foundation for Santa Barbara County.


Ryan Elliott, Professional Engineer
Deep Ocean Engineering

Ryan Elliott, P.E., is a Mechanical Engineer with more than 17 years experience in design, analysis, testing, assembly and installation of sub sea systems. He gets big objects safely into and out of ocean depths. Exactly the expertise required for C+E=DOW Desalination.

He gave a lecture on “Enabling Technology to Extend Life and Utility of Hydro-acoustic Systems,” for The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Science & Technology Conference, Hofburg Palace and at the United Nations Center in Vienna, Austria.

The lecture covered equipment for sensors installed worldwide in remote, deep sea locations including Diego Garcia. Important to maintaining the integrity of the deep ocean infrastructure for monitoring global compliance with the Nuclear Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. The innovations discussed are integral in broadening future application for scientific research.


Reverse Osmosis Engineering

Innovative Design, Inc
Knoxville, Tennessee

IDI was chosen to participate as a Team Member for their expertise in industrial process, with specific experience on multi-million-dollar projects, which require the highest standard of quality control. Some of their staff engineers are under Contract with Oak Ridge National Laboratories and they have done work with the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). Also, among their staff and working on C+E=DOW Desalination are engineers that have extensive experience in reverse osmosis and have worked with the largest desalination company in the world, (which also builds desalination systems for US Navy nuclear submarines).

Michael Hollander, PE
Principal Engineer

Michael Hollander is a registered Professional Engineer with over 52 years of industrial and consulting experience in engineering, steam systems, utilities, process equipment, and operations management. He has extensive experience in the chemical, pulp & paper, pharmaceutical, metals, aerospace, and automotive industries includes project management, chemical process engineering, equipment evaluation, specification and design, environmental, health & safety, and environmental/quality management system.


Phil Nuytten, Consulting Expert
Deep Ocean Engineering

Phil Nuytten, Founder and CEO of Nuytco Research Ltd. and Can-Dive Construction Ltd., is an internationally recognized pioneer in the diving industry. He has spent his life creating deep water dive products that have opened the ocean’s depths to exploration and industry. He and his Team have developed the technology to allow longer-length diving expeditions with increased safety.

Nuytten’s one-atmosphere systems – the hard-suits ‘Newtsuit’ and ‘Exosuit’, and his deep-diving ‘DeepWorker’ submersibles – are renowned internationally. This deep diving equipment, along with Nuytten’s military submarine rescue system (designated ‘Remora’ by the Royal Australian Navy and ‘PRMS’ by the US Navy), is standard in nearly a dozen of the world’s navies.

Contract work has taken him to oilfields, submarine construction sites and sunken wrecks around the world, including the Breadalbane, the northern-most known shipwreck, where his record dives through icy Arctic waters earned him a place on the cover of National Geographic Magazine in 1984. Nuytten was one of the forces behind the ‘Sustainable Seas Expeditions’ in the 1990’s, a five-year initiative by the National Geographic Society and NOAA to study deep ocean environmental impact.

Nuytten and his team have trained astronauts from NASA and the Canadian Space Agency to pilot the DeepWorker Submersibles for the NASA Extreme Environment Operations (NEEMO) project, a multi-year research project that will help improve the knowledge base, tools and techniques for future human space exploration.

On Canada Day 2016, the office of the Governor General of Canada announced that Phil Nuytten had been appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada, Canada’s second-highest civilian honour, “For his innovations in deep-sea exploration, which have improved safety and made Canada a leader in underwater development and commerce.”

Plans are for C+E=DOW Modules to use their control systems and outfit with their thrusters.