Josh Giegel is the CEO and Co-Founder of Virgin Hyperloop where he is leading a
world-class team of engineers making hyperloop a reality.
Josh founded the company in 2014, when hyperloop was an idea drawn on a
whiteboard in a garage. A little over two years later, VH built a full-scale prototype
capturing the attention of governments worldwide. Today, Josh is leading the
development of paradigm shifting electromagnetic, high power, autonomous
technology, bridging the engineering work with unparalleled passenger experience,
and working at the highest levels of government to develop a regulatory framework
for hyperloop technology.
In November 2020, Josh made history becoming one of the first passengers in the
world to ride on a hyperloop.
Previously, at SpaceX, Josh developed the world’s first reusable rockets and led the
successful testing of six different rocket engines. From the final frontier to the
horizon right here on the ground, Josh shifted his focus to power the earth with
revolutionary waste heat-to-power energy technology, leading research activities
at Echogen Power Systems.
Josh is passionate about the power of engineering to create solutions that enable
people to live their lives how they want – where they want - in a way that is
sustainable. This led him to leverage his expertise in high performance rocket
engines with his grasp of clean energy generation to develop the world’s first
autonomous, high-performance, electric mode of mass transportation.
Josh received an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University where he
was a Graduate Engineering Fellow. He holds a BSME from Penn State University
where he graduated with honors and was first in his class.