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Carmelo Amarena

Electrical Engineer

Carmelo ‘Nino’ Amarena is an electrical engineer with expertise in the field of digital wireless communications. He is also an inventor, designing a personal rocketpack called the ‘Thunderpack,’ which uses a peroxide-based reciprocating engine. He’s currently at work inventing a new personal flying device powered by a jet engine. In 1997, Nino spoke to Hedy Lamarr at length about frequency hopping and the invention for which she received a patent during World War Two. He recalls, “We talked like two engineers on a hot project, prompting one another to the next subject. I never felt I was talking to a movie star, but to a fellow inventor.”

Past Programs Featuring Carmelo Amarena