James McClearen

James McClearen

Adjunct Associate Research Scientist


James McClearen brings over sixteen years of prolific experience to his position of CTO of Flugauto. One of the most influential and accomplished minds in modern technology, his career has been defined by constant evolution, refusal to accept failure, and above all, an unceasing love of technology. In his current role, James and his collaborators are committed to developing the world’s most robust and agile Aerial Delivery Robots. 

James earned both his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering Degree from Georgia Institute of Technology before taking his first position with Toyota. He quickly ascended through the ranks, becoming the first non-Japanese engineer ever to attain the Toyota Certification for Engine Design. James spent four years working both in Japan and the United States, arming him with the skills and knowledge needed to transition into the start-up world. 

James took his next position at Badenoch, where he led a small team of engineers at a successful military advanced vehicle startup to develop the world’s first vehicle blast mapping system. He went on to be named Chief Engineer at AVL, where he played an integral role in creating the world’s most advanced reciprocating super-heated steam engine.  

In 2018, James co-founded Flugauto. Under his guidance, Flugauto has become known as one of the most innovative names in the UAV/Drone industry.  James is responsible for leading a brilliant team of engineers and technicians in their quest to solve modern day challenges that cannot be met with conventional transport mechanisms. By adhering to the core principles of speed, safety, cost, and sustainability, James and his team are embracing a one of a kind global opportunity. They have already signed contracts valuing $2M while demonstrating the potential for exponential growth in the coming years.


  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering – 2004 B.S.
  • Mechanical Engineering – 2003

Research Interests

  • Through the Road Parallel Hybrid design and development
  • Four wheel steer/drive yaw control