Joseph Mardall

Head of Engineering at Zipline

Joseph Mardall is currently the head of engineering at Zipline. Joseph has previously worked as an engineering director at Tesla from February 2011 to January 2021, where they led 3 teams of 60+ engineers with responsibility for HVAC & Thermals, Vehicle Integration, and Vehicle Structural Analysis (from 2019) for the development of Model Y, Semi and Roadster. Some highlights from their time at Tesla include the ground breaking Model Y Heat Pump system and leading Tesla's efforts to develop a ventilator.

Before Tesla, Joseph Mardall worked as an aerodynamicist at McLaren Racing from October 2004 to June 2010. During their time there, they invented the Rear Wing concept with 15% downforce increase resulting in both 2009 race wins, and they also invented, developed and optimized concepts for 35+ wind tunnel test programs including concept, CFD, surfacing and design. Additionally, they managed 60% scale wind tunnel facility on a 24/7 shift system, analyzing aero concepts using flow vis, force & pressure measurements, and published results company-wide.

Prior to McLaren Racing, Joseph Mardall held a university scholarship at Crown Cork & Seal from September 1999 to August 2000.

Joseph Mardall has a Masters in Engineering from the University of Cambridge, with a specialization in Mechanical/Aero engineering. Joseph also did an exchange at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Aero/Astro.

Joseph Mardall reports to Keenan Wyrobek, Co-Founder, CTO & Product Architect.


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  • Head of Engineering

    January, 2021 - present