Marc J. Zeitlin - Biography


Current (2013 - present):

Marc resigned from ICON Aircraft on March 1st, 2013 and resumed work as in Burnside Aerospace. He pursues various canard and other composite aircraft hands-on work as well as Mechanical/Aeronautical Engineering consulting for various clients.

More Recent Past (2012 - 2013):

Marc resigned from Scaled Composites in Mojave, CA on February 10th, 2012 and started working for ICON Aircraft in Tehachapi, CA on February 20th, 2012. He acted as Lead Systems Engineer at ICON, helping to develop a new LSA category aircraft. A fuller description of his responsibilities can be see at the "What I did at ICON Aircraft" page.

Recent Past (2005 - 2012):

Marc accepted a job offer from Scaled Composites in Mojave, CA and started working at Scaled on September 6th, 2005. He worked there on cutting edge (and some not-so-cutting edge) aeronautical engineering projects under Burt Rutan and contributed to the continuing effort to bring space travel to the masses. He had responsibilities at Scaled as indicated in his description of his Scaled Work.

Marc started performing "Official" COZY MKIV aircraft support for Aircraft Spruce and Specialty Corporation (which owns the rights to the COZY MKIV aircraft plans) starting in May, 2011.

Somewhere in the middle (2004 - 2005):

Mr. Zeitlin worked as the principal engineer in Burnside Aerospace, a Mechanical Engineering consulting firm he started in 1983.  Mr. Zeitlin's layoff from Philips Medical spurred him into resurrecting Burnside Aerospace and heading off into the world of servicing clients once again. Marc strove, as he always had, to completely satisfy his clients with the highest quality engineering provided in the most cost effective, fastest manner possible.  He did just that for clients such as the Smithsonian Astrophysics Observatory, Noxilizer, Philips, Inc. and Radianse, Inc.

Burnside Aerospace's wildly successful 16 month resurrection returned to it's state of suspended animation in August, 2005, after which Mr. Zeitlin began working at Scaled Composites in Mojave, CA, although he occasionally performs engineering consulting work for aircraft homebuilders, specifically composite canard builders.

Long Ago (1999 - 2004):

Marc J. Zeitlin worked in the Cardiac Resuscitation Solutions Division (CRS) of the Philips Medical Systems Group (PMS - don't ask who thought up a group with THIS acronym) within the Philips Corporation. This used to operate as part of the Healthcare Solutions Group of Agilent Technologies in Andover, Massachusetts, until Agilent Technologies sold HSG to Philips for $1.7 billion in August of 2001.  Agilent Technologies used to represent the instrument divisions of Hewlett Packard, but HP split itself asunder.

He recently worked as a senior Mechanical Engineer with responsibility for Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) defibrillator design. He also managed the M.E. group and had responsibility for leading four other M.E.'s, a Mechanical Drafter/Technician and an Industrial Designer.  Lord help them all.

Marc recently (November, 2002) discovered that he received a patent (along with seven other folk) for the design of "Hands Free Defibrillator Paddles" - Patent # 6,477,430.

In early 2004, Marc discovered that the CRS division of the Philips Corporation was laying him off, purportedly for financial reasons associated with a poor fiscal 2003 and 1st quarter of 2004. Marc suspected more nefarious reasons, but of course, as with all conspiracy theories, he had no proof.

Previous (1998 - 1999):

For about a year, Marc J. Zeitlin worked for the Bose Corporation in Framingham Massachusetts as the Lead Mechanical Engineer in the Noise Reduction Technology Group (NRTG). In this role, he had primary responsibility for the latter stages of the mechanical design of the Active Noise Reduction (ANR) Headsets (Series X) for civilian aviation use.

He also assisted in the strategic and tactical planning for CAD/CAE usage in the NRTG.

Even more Previous (1987 - 1998):

Marc worked for the Patient Monitoring Division of the Hewlett Packard Company in Waltham and then Andover, Massachusetts as a Mechanical Engineer from 1987 until 1998. He had two main responsibilities: the first one involved guiding the Mechanical Engineering Process and Tool Set for the Patient Monitoring Division. This included determining both tactical (day to day) and strategic (year to year) processes for the ~40 M.E.'s to use to perform their tasks and enhance overall productivity. It also included purchasing, setting up, maintaining, and providing support for the workstations (HP, of course) and computer tools such as CAD [ME30/SolidDesigner], Structural FEA [PTC/MECHANICA], Thermal FEA [FloTHERM], CAM [ME30CAM, SolidCAM], etc.

The second set of responsibilities used to involve the mechanical design of patient monitoring equipment used in hospitals, using technologies from sheet metal and plastics to mechanisms used in thermal printers. However, Marc stopped designing things as a major responsibility (after 14 years of doing so) and worked part time for HP Corporate Engineering supporting the HP CAD tools and processes throughout the company. He assisted M.E.'s in a high level consulting design role when needed.

Marc received a patent for the design of a mechanism and disposable cartridge for an intravenous infusion pump - Patent # 5,056,992.

Sherman, Set the "Way-Back Machine" (1981 - 1987):

Prior to working for HP, he designed arthroscopic surgical instruments for Vista/3M, a startup company in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, he performed engineering consulting for aircraft homebuilders under the moniker "Burnside Aerospace". You may have seen his advertisements in the back of "Sport Aviation" and/or "Kitplanes" magazines in the early 1980's.


Marc's mother bore him in N.Y.C.  He resided in Englewood, N.J. until he left home to go to school in Cambridge, Massachusetts. M.I.T. graduated him with a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering in January, 1980, and again with a M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering in September, 1981. He wrote a thesis on the "Design, Construction, and Testing of an Electromagnetically Launched Model Glider".

His outside interests include working on and flying a COZY MKIV airplane which he built over the course of 7.5 years, and playing volleyball. He lives in Tehachapi, CA after having resided in Acton, MA for the better part of 17 years.

In September, 2005, his son Zachary headed off to Syracuse, NY to attend Syracuse University. Mr. Zeitlin moved to Tehachapi, CA to start his new job. Mr. Zeitlin's wife went with him, thanks to his charismatic personality and the promise of a new car(an Audi TT) and new house.

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Last Updated: May 23rd, 2014 (updated timelines; updated patent links; added recent info)