My vision is to develop an organization, culture, and industry that displays our ability as a connected society to elevate our responsibility to the planet without the need to sacrifice.
Bryan Hansel is the CEO of Chanje. He brings more than 25 years of combined executive management experience and industry leadership to the company. Bryan's work begins with the the elevation of the Chanje platform and product to reshape last mile transportation, yet his vision is to develop an organization, culture and industry that displays our ability as a connected society to elevate our responsibility to the planet without the need to sacrifice.
Previously, Bryan was founder, CEO and president of Smith Electric Vehicles where he developed and commercialized the largest fleet of medium-duty commercial electric vehicles in the U.S. He also served as CEO for Evo Medical Solutions, a respiratory medical device manufacturer; as well as the Chairman and CEO for ReyHan PGF, a national graphics art pre-press manufacturer, which achieved Inc. Magazine’s list of 500 fastest growing private companies. Bryan also founded Prototype Solutions Inc., which helped create the industry of rapid tooling and prototyping. Bryan is a graduate of the MIT Birthing of Giants program for America’s best CEO’s, and is a current member of MIT’s Gathering of Titans program.
Austin Hausmann, M.Sc.Eng
VP of Research and Product Development
Chanje is leading the disruption of last mile delivery through a unique intersection of environmental, social, and economic sustainability. The disproportionate impact of our products provide the opportunity to meaningfully impact our planet's return to equilibrium. I’m excited to be a part of that vision and commitment.
Austin Hausmann is the VP of Research and Product Development for Chanje. Currently, Austin leads the company’s research and development as well as engineering, vehicle compliance, telematics and product development strategies. He also develops and maintains strategic relationships with external technical groups.
Previously, Austin served in several positions with Smith Electric Vehicles. He joined Smith in 2010 as a telemetry and vehicle dynamics engineer. After leading Smith’s U.S. telematics division from its infancy, he formed and led the commercial engineering group, which works closely with the business development and technology divisions of Smith to develop various strategies, software and applications. He has published numerous papers in world-renowned journals on topics including: electric vehicle design, battery thermal modeling, distracted driving, as well as fuel after treatment solutions.
In addition to an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas, Austin holds undergraduate degrees in mechanical engineering, business administration, and applied mathematics.
The opportunity to blend purpose, passion and profit into a single undertaking compels me. Bringing Chanje to the world in the form of clean transportation, global impact and financial reward is the new work paradigm and it’s exciting to be part of making that a reality.
Building on a 20-year career in energy, sustainability, innovation and finance, Ian works with the CEO to develop and execute the company’s vision and strategy.
At Duke Energy Ian developed utility assets in Asia, Australia, Latin America and Europe. Subsequently, with the Boston Consulting Group he advised executive teams worldwide on energy issues. He earned an MBA from UCLA followed by two years at the The Esalen Institute focused on sustainable development. As an entrepreneur Ian successfully co-founded and exited two sustainability focused companies: Lab4less, a biotech focused recycling company and Helix Wind, a $100M market cap micro turbine manufacturer. In 2010 he joined the boutique cleantech investment bank Oracle Capital focused on early stage cleantech companies and in 2012 he joined the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) as part of the early executive team and led the development of key programs resulting in the incubator being named the #1 Cleantech Incubator in the world in 2015 out of over 675 incubators from 67 countries. Ian has a BS in Biology/Pre-Med from Davidson College in North Carolina and an MBA from UCLA.