OMS develops scalable technology using minimal resources, in the form of projects with specific technical goals. This approach ensures minimal barriers to entry and therefore greater opportunity for tech-minded persons working on a small budget.
Operation Mustard Seed was so named because, like a mustard seed, our origins and budget have been comparably modest against larger ($1B+) public, private and public-private partnership projects. Also, some portion of all cutting-edge technology projects will fail to achieve the potential envisioned in their creation, just as a seed that does not land onto fertile soil might not bear fruit. But like a tiny seed that lands onto fertile soil and grows to bear fruit, some projects will go on to realize or even exceed their objectives.
Outputs from our efforts get realized in such forms as:
- Intellectual Property (IP)
- Spin-off businesses offering resulting product or services
- Individual skills and experience associated with addressing project needs
- Expanded capabilities to further support current and future OMS projects
- Inspiring and encouraging current and future innovators to take small risks, that might reap big rewards
- Investment and business partnership opportunities
OMS started when we put our toe in the water of offshore wind farm technology by launching Project Mustard Seed, a small scale, test wind farm in Lake Erie. This stands as the world’s first freshwater wind farm. This project involved cooperation with the U.S. Coast Guard, Cleveland State University affiliates, a seasoned Lake Erie captain, and a dozen volunteers from Northeast Ohio.
About the Founder
Engineer Pat Cleary founded OMS in 2009 to organize efforts in developing sustainable energy technology. Partners, volunteers and affiliates come and go depending on individual interests in each project, but Cleary predominately leads the design and management.
Cleary currently works full-time as a program manager supporting various spaceflight hardware programs. He has held leadership positions in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Cleveland chapter, and regularly participates in local technical, maker events and entrepreneurial meetups. In support of OMS projects he founded OMS Technologies, LLC, which provides composite part manufacturing services, and has been involved in a number of small-scale entrepreneurial ventures in technology, retail, manufacturing, engineering services, real estate and raw material sales. He holds a B.S. from Ohio State University and M.S. from Cleveland State University.