• FoundERs

    Evandro Valente

    CTO and Co-Founder

    Evandro Valente is the CTO and inventor of the intellectual property and leads the company’s vision via the technical development and product design. He leads innovation and design, manufacturing, test and evaluation, and flight testing while supporting business development along with the CEO. He has a M.S. and B.S. from the Department of Aerospace from UMCP (’06 and ‘03). Since coming on full-time at Airgility, he is a former Engineering Lecturer of 12 years at the A. J. Clark School of Engineering at UMCP. He has 14+ years of experience in vehicle design, fabrication, advanced composites, assembly and integration, wind tunnel and flight testing, and piloting. He has contributed in early work for the DARPA Talons Project, while working at Maritime Applied Physics Corporation, as a lead designer and test pilot. He is the Author of the “Airworthiness Process” and Signatory SME at the University of Maryland Unmanned Aerial System Test Site in Southern Maryland. Volunteer work includes judging for the ‘Crabpot’ business pitch competition at the Southern Maryland Innovation and Tech Initiative (SMIT) and serves as a Founding Member of the Inventor Muscle Group at the university of Maryland TechPort Business Incubator located in Southern Maryland. Work at the TechPort’s Inventor Muscle group involves presenting, coaching, and running ideation, inventorship, and innovation workshops, open to inventors of all ages, while using gamification-style techniques to draw out the creative mind.

     

     

     

     

     

    Pramod Raheja

    CEO and Co-Founder

    Pramod Raheja is the CEO of Airgility and an Aerospace Engineering graduate from UMCP with over 30 years of aviation/aerospace operations experience.. He is an experienced entrepreneur with demonstrated success in leadership roles and a consistent history of surpassing revenue goals. He has a crazy passion for growing businesses, creating new service offerings, cultivating executive-level relationships, and strategizing with and mentoring team members. He has a comprehensive understanding of technology at a tactical and strategic level and always takes a customer-focus approach to management, new business development, revenue generation, and profitability. He is also a Graduate of the Founder’s Institute and the Entrepreneurial Master’s Program at MIT.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Advisors

    Scott Strimple

    CEO, Drone Pilot Flight School

    Scott has 27 years of aviation experience and over 25,000 commercial flight hours. He is a part of the Unmanned Systems Commission for the State of Virginia. He is also the Task Group Lead of FAA Standards.

     

     

    Navin Ganeshan

    Chief of Product, Gemini Data

    Navin is a senior product executive with a two-decades career in bringing innovative and award-winning technology products to market with a strong emphasis on connected devices/IOT and analytics. He currently serves as Chief Product Officer at Gemini, a cyber security analytics company. He has served as Chief Product Officer at Zubie and Centrifuge Systems. He served in many executive roles at Network Solutions, including Chief of Strategy, Products GM, and head of Enterprise Data Services and BI. He is helping Airgility in consistently bringing their technologies to market.

     

     

     

     

    Glen Hellman

    Executive Leadership and

    Go-to Market Advisor

    Glen has been a founder, CEO, and a member of the executive team leading organizations to multiple IPOs including a $360M IPO of Progress Software, mergers, and acquisitions, including a $92M acquisition of Call Technologies by 3Com. Glen received his coaching training and certification from Vistage, an organization that provides coaching and leadership development to over 15,000 members. Glen coaches & mentors Airgility's leadership team.

     

     

     

     

     

    Darrin Auito, JD MBA

    Strategic Technology Advisor

    Darrin is a registered patent attorney (JD/MBA/MSE) and founding partner at HEA Law, PLLC. He has over 13 years of experience creating and implementing strategies that protect his client’s intellectual property assets and business interests throughout the world. He is on the Advisory Board of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBEC), an influential voice for entrepreneurship and small business growth in the United States and across the globe. He also participates on the Piranha Tank, a live event that brings together accredited investors seeking deals and entrepreneurs seeking investment.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Inderit Chopra, PhD

    World Renowned Rotor-craft Expert

    Dr. Chopra is a Distinguished University Professor and Alfred Gessow Professor in Aerospace Engineering and Director of the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center at the University of Maryland. Also, he was the Minta-Martin Research Professor from 1996 to 2000. Dr. Chopra has many professional interests, including multidisciplinary research in rotorcraft aeromechanics with focus on structural dynamics, vibratory loads, aeroelasticity; smart structures; and micro air vehicles, with a balance between analysis and experimental testing. Dr. Chopra is our Chief Technology Advisor.

     

     

     

     

    Jewel Barlow, PhD

    World Renowned Aerodynamicist and Vehicle Dynamics Expert

    Dr. Barlow is the director of Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel for the Department of Aerospace Engineering. He is also a member of SAE Road Vehicle Aerodynamics Committee and is an Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering. He has research in applied aerodynamics, experimental aerodynamics, flight mechanics and control, and the vehicle design process.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    David Bain

    Serial Entrepreneur

    David is a serial entrepreneur in the telecom, wireless, and satellite industries. His expertise includes intellectual property (IP) strategy and licensing, building industry coalitions through standards organizations, tech industry M&A, and non-profit advocacy around the safe and sustainable use of new technologies.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Timothy K. Horiuchi, PhD

    Bio-inspired Systems SME

    Dr. Horiuchi is an associate professor at the Institute for Systems Research at the University of Maryland. His research interests include bat echolocation; computational neuroscience; learning systems; neuromorphic VLSI design; constrained optimization circuits; mobile robotics; and neural recording and spike-sorting techniques and tools. He leads the efforts for Airgility's unique

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Vikram Hrishikeshavan, PhD

    Controls Engineer

    Vikram is an assistant research scientist in the department of aerospace engineering at the University of Maryland. He performs experimental research on aerodynamics, aeromechanics, control and avionics of rotary wing and hybrid micro/unmanned air vehicles. He is working to keep Airgility on the forefront of flight controls.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Abhishek Kathpal

    Computer Vision Engineer

    Abhishek is currently pursuing his master's in robotics at University of Maryland, College Park. He has a keen interest in the area of computer vision and motion planning which are vital for robots to move safely and effectively in an unknown environment. He joined Airgility in summer 2019 and is currently working on the perception algorithms for autonomous flight package using deep learning and deploying them on an embedded platform. He is also working as Research Assistant in MRE Lab at UMD on autonomous robotic manipulator for remote assessment of trauma patients.

     

     

     

     

     

    Ashwin Varghese Kuruttukulam

    Computer Vision and Controls Engineer

    Ashwin Kuruttukulam is the Lead Algorithm Developer at Airgility. His undergraduate engineering degree is in Applied Electronics and Instrumentation, from the College of Engineering in Trivandrum, India. He has concluded his undergraduate work in “First Class with Distinction”. Prior to joining Airgility, he worked at the Robotics Research Center at the Indian Institute for Information Technology (IIIT), Hyderabad where he developed a fully autonomous pick and place drone system using a monocular camera and an inertial measurement unit. While at IIIT, he also developed robust face recognition algorithms using Histogram of Gradients and deep Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN). He has also worked on the Lockheed Martin AlphaPilot challenge where he developed reinforcement learning based control for autonomous quadcopter racing using CNNs. He currently a graduate student at the University of Maryland, pursuing a Masters in Robotics expecting to graduate in May 2020.

     

    Andrew Lent

    Manufacturing and Flight Test Engineer

    Andrew Lent is the lead manufacturing manager and flight test engineer at Airgility. Currently, he is a junior undergraduate aerospace engineering student at the University of Maryland. Andrew has been a member of the team for over a year and a half now. Prior to his current roles, he played integral parts in the composite manufacturing, wind tunnel testing, and tethered flight testing of the HorseSHU aircraft. He was also a lead engineer in the assembly and early testing of the CatDog and miniSHU vehicles. Aside from Airgility, Andrew has worked as a research assistant in the High-Speed Aerodynamics and Propulsion Laboratory where he redesigned and manufactured the test section airfoil mounting system for a Mach 6 reflected shock tunnel. He also interned at the Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel where he developed a novel Particle Image Velocimetry algorithm designed for large wind tunnels. Outside of his professional life, Andrew is a runner for University of Maryland’s club running team, an avid backpacker, and amateur mountaineer.

     

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    Jeremy Page

    Design Engineer

    Jeremy Page is a design engineer at Airgility. He has over 5 years experience in Computer Aided Design as well as 3D printing manufacturing. Previously, Jeremy interned for vanGeldern Machine company, where he performed custom machine manufacturing, including electrical circuit construction as well as stepper motor controller and machine interface programming. At the University of Maryland, Jeremy collaborated with a team of students and professors in the Space Systems Laboratory to design and construct a deploy-able airlock structure for NASA's upcoming Lunar Orbital Platform - Gateway Station project. He is currently a Sophomore at the University of Maryland, pursuing an undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering expected in May 2022.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Dipam Patel

    Computer Vision Engineer

    Dipam is a passionate learner, pursuing Master of Engineering in Robotics at the University of Maryland, College Park. He seeks excellence in any field through dedication and hard work and aims to strengthen his core skills. He has the self-motivation to learn new things and push my limits. His interests mostly include Machine Learning, Robot Operating System, Computer Vision, and Augmented Reality.

    At Airgility, Dipam is involved with Deep Learning focused on Object Detection using Tensorflow API for Autonomous Takeoff & Landing of Drones. He is working on Semantic Segmentation based algorithm for Detection of Humans and Objects of Interest. His personal goal is to have complete Autonomous Flying possible using only Machine Learning.

    He enjoys doing some adventurous activities like running, hiking, biking or rock climbing. He can also juggle and solve a Rubik’s cube pretty quickly.

     

     

     

     

    Mateo Reveiz

    Software Engineer

    Mateo is a Bioengineering and Computer Science double major at the University of Maryland. He is very interested in complex systems and multidisciplinary research and hopes to follow that path in the future. His job involves collecting and analyzing data in order to optimize the propulsion system of the vehicle. He is currently working on the autonomous flight package and mission planner that are part of the ground control station.

     

     

     

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    Niket Shah

    Robotics Engineer

    Niket is a Robotics graduate student at the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the UMD. He has an undergraduate degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from University of Mumbai. His field of interests are Computer Vision, Autonomous Systems, Machine Learning. He joined Airgility in the summer of 2019 as an intern and works on the Computer Vision algorithms.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Rohan Singh

    Robotics Engineer

    Rohan is a Robotics graduate student at the University of Maryland. He is interested in developing Autonomy and Control algorithms for Multirotor Aerial Vehicles and their efficient implementation on hardware. Currently, Rohan is implementing control algorithms on budget-oriented hardware for the miniSHU.

     

     

     

    Hiroyuki Wakabayashi

    Manufacturing and Design Engineer

    Hiro is the Manufacturing and Design engineer at Airgility. currently, he is a Senior Mechanical Engineering Major and Computer Science Minor at the University of Maryland. With experience in engineering research projects with the University of Maryland and engineering projects with Engineers Without Borders, he hopes to use those experiences to the benefit of the company. He specialized in manufacturing and flight testing during his first year at Airgility. During his second year he is focused on optimization of design, and testing.

     

     

     

    Ariella Wolf

    Design Engineer

    Ariella is a Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Maryland, and this is her first summer working at Airgility. At the University of Maryland, Ariella is involved in Engineers without Borders, working on creating a water distribution system in Nicaragua. At Airgility, Ariella is working on various marketing, CAD and patent-related projects.