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Partners

Jacques Vallee
Peter Banks
Graham Burnette

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Team

pb Peter Banks

Prior to the creation of Red Planet Capital Partners, Peter Banks was CEO and President of ERIM International, Inc. and Partner of XR Ventures, the investment arm of the X-Rite Corporation. Previously, he served as Dean of Engineering at the University of Michigan and was a faculty member of Stanford University and the University of California. Dr. Banks earned his Ph.D. in Physics at Pennsylvania State University following a M.S.EE degree from Stanford University.

While at Stanford, Dr. Banks led the Space, Telecommunications and Radio Science Laboratory of the Department of Electrical Engineering. He participated in several Space Shuttle missions via his role as Principal Investigator for the Shuttle Electro-Dynamic Tether System and as a Co-Investigator on the flight of Spacelab-1. He has received the U.S. Government's Distinguished Public Service Medal for his contributions to NASA programs.

Dr. Banks is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and has served as Co-Chairman of the NRC's former Committee on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Applications. He serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Universities Space Research Association. He has also served on the boards of a number of start-up companies including Triformix (Santa Rosa, CA) and HandyLab (Ann Arbor, Michigan).

Dr. Banks has advised the Euro-America funds and various federal agencies for work related to defense, space exploration and national economic security.