Founders and Executive Board




Founders and Executive Board

A. Michael Baca


Mr. Baca is President and Executive Director of Research and Development for MDL Enterprises LLC, as well as President of Aqua Dynamics Power Solutions LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of MDL Enterprises LLC. Mr. Baca is a self-motivated and a goal-oriented individual that blends outstanding cross-functional qualifications regularly utilizes unique innovations and broad-spanning resourcefulness to solve diverse challenges. Mr. Baca previously served five years as District Manager for SCP Global Technologies, managing over 65 technicians throughout the United States.

Mr. Baca also served as Director of Operations for Calyxes, an R&D company, whose novel Vacuum Freezing Multi-Phase Transformation process separated chemicals (e.g., Arsenic, Xylene, and MTBE) from water.  Mr. Baca then served a six-year tenure as Vice President of Operations for ThermPlate, a subsidiary of Calyxes, during which time he transformed the company into a fully automated manufacturing facility. Mr. Baca has 7 issued patents and several pending in various fields, including, but not limited to the renewable energy field.

Don Wichers

Vice President

Executive Director of Project Development

Mr. Wichers is the Vice President of MDL Enterprises and Aqua Dynamic Power Solutions and also serves on their Board of Directors. He and the others started MDL after realizing a need for better, more efficient alternative and renewable energy sources.  He has been integral in the design and prototyping of various new products and ideas that MDL is pursuing.

Mr. Wichers has spent 30 years working on mechanical and electrical systems, including automated robotics systems, large hydro turbine power plants, a semiconductor manufacturing facility water purification plant, and numerous other ventures.

Mr. Wichers was a Principal at SALtech Corporation. SALtech Corp invented and patented numerous water treatment and purification systems using light at specific UV wavelengths to destroy harmful organisms within the water.

Mr. Wichers is a prior graduate of the United States Navy Nuclear Power Program.  He qualified as a Mechanical Systems Operator (MM) and an Engineering Laboratory Technician (ELT) aboard nuclear-powered vessels and was an instructor of nuclear power plant and steam generator chemistry controls, engineering and mechanical space systems, and nuclear power plant radiological controls.

Luis Ortiz Esq.

Secretary-Treasurer and Legal Counsel

Luis Ortiz has served in a variety of professional assignments in federal research institutions, corporations, and private law firms.  Mr. Ortiz brings to MDL Enterprises experience as an engineer, inventor, and registered patent attorney.  He provides valuable input and counsel to MDL regarding engineering technology principles, the protection of intellectual property, business operations and marketing.  He is responsible for setting intellectual property strategies, as well as overseeing the protection of MDL’s intellectual property assets.

Mr. Ortiz received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering technology from New Mexico State University, and MBA from University of Phoenix and Juris Doctorate from the University of New Mexico.  He is a founding member of the intellectual property law firm of Ortiz & Lopez, PLLC.  In addition to law, Ortiz has helped several startup businesses over the past eight years in the fields of wireless data communication applications, nanotechnology, water/air purification, and commercial real estate development.

Luis M. Ortiz has an AV® Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubble and has more than twenty-five years experience counseling and representing clients in intellectual property matters including litigation, licensing, patent and trademark prosecution, patent/trademark portfolio development strategies. Luis is licensed to practice law before New Mexico State Courts, Texas State Courts, Federal District Courts for New Mexico and Eastern District of Texas, the Federal Court of Claims, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and as a “registered patent attorney” before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  Luis is also a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP®). Luis retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, after thirty years of service.

Technical fields of practice: Electrical/Electronic Systems, Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS), Mechanical/Robotic Systems Computer hardware, software and architecture, Telecommunications and Wireless Technologies, Semiconductors, Analog/digital electronics, Nanotechnology

.Affiliations: American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), American Bar Association (ABA), National Association of Patent Practitioners (NAPP), Licensing Executives Society (LES).

State Bars of New Mexico & Texas, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, U.S. District Courts, New Mexico and Eastern District of Texas

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. Court of Federal Claims.


 Geronimo “Jerry” Sandoval

CEO and Executive Director of Business Development

Geronimo “Jerry” Sandoval, a native Santa Fean retired as the Director of Economic, Community and Business Development for the New Mexico Department of Indian Affairs. His work included working with all New Mexico tribal communities to include the pueblos and the three nations. Prior to the Indian Affairs Department, he was the Native American Liason and the Southwestern Regional Representative for the New Mexico Economic Development Department.  With over 30 years of extensive experience in both the public and private sector, he assisted numerous companies, communities, entrepreneurs to include tribal governments, tribal enterprises, section 17, numerous 8(a) companies, housing authorities in economic, business and community development projects.

Prior to his career in Economic Development, Mr. Sandoval had an accomplished career in the electrical industry. As an electrical instructor at CNM, he prepared students for successful careers in the residential, commercial and Industrial electrical fields.

He completed all certifications to include his journeyman apprenticeship, was an accomplished electrical contractor, a project manager in numerous projects, large shopping centers to include working at the Intel facility in Rio Rancho.

The highlights of his career include the positions he held as the Chief Electrical Inspector and Zoning Administrator for the City of Santa Fe, the State Electrical inspector for the state of New Mexico Construction Industries and Licensing Department.  He spoke at numerous summits, seminars and workshops and started the electrical program for homeowners at Santa Fe Community College, where he was a part-time electrical instructor for several years. He was appointed to numerous commission and committees throughout his career to include the New Mexico Infrastructure Finance Committee.

Jose Griego Ph.D.

Executive Director of Marketing and International Trades

Jose Griego, Ph.D., is an accomplished and open-minded critical thinker and author. He has represented two large European renewable energy companies seeking to build industrial level solar farms in the USA. He began Northern New Mexico College’s Baccalaureate of Science degree in mechanical engineering with a focus on solar energy. He is one of two university presidents in the USA to lead political and national accreditation processes to transform a community college into a four-year college.

Dr. Griego has 33 years of administrative experience in higher education, including President of Northern New Mexico College (NNMC), Academic Dean of NNMC, Principal of Penasco Schools, Research Analyst for NM Commission on Higher Education, the NM State Department of Education, and the NM Legislative Education Study Committee. Dr. Griego curated the 1992 Smithsonian Folk Life Festival in Washington, DC, as well as the Guadalupe Historic Foundation in Santa Fe, NM. Upon retirement, Dr. Griego served as the liaison for Munich Energy Partners (Germany), as well as Andaltia LLC (Spain), for whom he worked to bring industrial level solar farms to the USA. Dr. Griego is an open-minded critical thinker with a published book of short stories through the Museum of New Mexico Press. As a member of a Ford Foundation team, Dr. Griego worked as a consultant to establish a community college system in China (1999).

Vladimir Vuksan

Executive Director of Technical Operations Systems and Software Development

Vladimir Vuksan, MSCS, has worked in technical operations, systems engineering and software development for over 15 years. He was one of the early employees at Fastly, one of the top 10 fastest growing B2B tech companies of the last 30 years, where he is currently Manager of the Solutions Architecture group.

Prior to Fastly, he worked at Broadcom, Mocospace, Rave Mobile Safety, Demandware, and the University of New Mexico implementing high availability solutions and building tools to make managing and running infrastructure easier. He is also one of the developers of Ganglia, an incredible useful performance tracking and trending solution and a co-author of O’Reilly Media book “Monitoring with Ganglia”.

Carlos Duno

Executive Director, Investment and International Trades

Originally from Mexico City, Mr. Duno is a Navix Consultant and part Owner of The Hire Firm, the leading executive recruiter firm in Santa Fe, New Mexico (2006 to present.)  He is also the owner and Chief Executive Officer of Cduno Coaching & Consulting. His recent coaching clients include McKinsey & Company, AT Kearney, White & Case, Thornburg, as well as the US Forest Service.

From 2001 until 2004, Mr. Duno served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Clean Fuels Technology, a leading developer of emulsified fuels for transportation and power generation applications, where he raised $15 million for this start-up based in Reno, Nevada and commercialized the technology to clients such as Shell Oil. From July 1995 to May 2001, Mr. Duno worked at Vitro S.A. in Monterrey, Mexico, a $3 billion glass company, as President and COO as well as being responsible for Business Development and Planning. Prior to 1995,

Mr. Duno served in senior domestic and international management roles at Scott Paper Company. The first ten years of his career included international assignments with McKinsey and Co. where he served a broad base of clients in a variety of assignments during a four year period, as well as Eli Lilly where he held both domestic and international positions.

Since 2003, Mr. Duno has been a director of Libbey, Inc. (LBY), a publicly traded company in the glass industry, where he serves as Chairman of the Compensation Committee, after 5 years of serving as the Chair of the Audit Committee. He is also a member of the N&G Committee.

Mr. Duno has a BS in Industrial Engineering from the National University of Mexico, an MS in Industrial Engineering and an MBA from Columbia University in New York.  He is certified as a Coach by the Hudson Institute of Coaching, a leader in the coaching field.

Tracy L. Modica

Assistant Director of Project Development

Tracy L. Modica is company owner of TLM Enterprises, for over 18 years, where he conducts general construction and rehabilitation work. Mr. Modica also has formal training in Advanced Automotive Diagnostics and Repair and General Motors Advanced Drivability and Computer Diagnostics. He is a member of Local 423 Union, Theatrical and Stage Rigging Union. He is also a pyrotechnics event technician in New Mexico and Colorado since 1998, with certification from Pyrotechnics Guild International.

Mr. Modica has certifications in the following areas of expertise: Automotive, Wiring Harness, Assembly and Install, Multiple Hydraulic Systems Installation, and Wood Working, to name just a few. Mr. Modica is also certified in EMT Basic Triage and Advanced Lifesaving and First Aid Training.

Mr. Modica has government clearances with the following State and Federal organizations: Albuquerque Police and Fire Department, Santa Fe Police and Fire Departments, Albuquerque Bomb Squad, NCIC, US Dept of Homeland Security, US Dept of Justice/BATF, and the Secret Service.

MDL’s intellectual property portfolio:

9,291,153 Fluid driven electric power generation system

8,791,586 Fluid driven electric power generation system

8,362,635 Wind driven electric power generation

8,143,737 Fluid driven electric power generation system

8,067,852 Fluid driven electric power generation system

7,868,476 Wind-driven electric power generation system