• The Founding Team

    Evandro Valente

    CTO and Co-Founder

    With 18 years of experience in unmanned design, build and fly, Evandro is the Chief Inventor of Airgility and is always experimenting with new and innovative ideas on how unmanned aircraft can be used across many domains. He is also an expert in aerodynamics, materials and fabrication. Evandro has an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland and is currently faculty there.

    Pramod Raheja

    CEO and Co-Founder

    With over 30 years aviation operations & entrepreneurial experience, Pramod has always demonstrated success in business sales & leadership roles with a consistent history of surpassing revenue goals. He is super passionate about anything aerospace related and loves the intersection of various engineering & science disciplines and how to bring great products to market from those ideas. Pramod has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland.


  • 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

    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.

  • Dr. Inderit Chopra

    World Renowned Rotorcraft 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.


    Dr. Jewel Barlow

    Director of the University of Maryland, College Park Wind Tunnel

    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.

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    James King

    Engineer, Flight Controls and Autonomy

    James earned his Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland where he took an interest in autonomous systems. During his time as an undergraduate, he worked at the UMD UAS Test Site and the Autonomous Vehicles Lab where he researched both quadrotor and fixed-wing UAS. While leading Airgility's autonomous efforts, James is also working towards a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland, focusing on dynamics and controls.

    Jared Mott

    Efficiency and Production

    Jared earned a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland. As a son of a Marine Corps fighter pilot, Jared has always been interested in aeronautical engineering and aerial vehicles that can help people. Jared is interested in efficient engineering methods such as the production of composite materials or using 3-D printing to rapidly prototype aerial vehicles. These interests in efficiency also spur his interest in quieter supersonics and electrically powered vehicles as the world moves to become more sustainable.

  • Minishu TEam

    Bryan Jensen

    Bryan is a junior in mechanical engineering at the University of Maryland. He is a non-traditional student with 10 years of experience as a BMW master tech. Bryan is currently redesigning the MiniSHU platform to improve repeatability and rapid production. Bryan is also helping to plan and implement the means of production for the MiniSHU project through FDM 3D printing.

    Mateo Reveiz

    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.

    Timothy K. Horiuchi

    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

    Vikram Hrishikeshavan

    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

  • horseshu Team

    Joshua Cocker

    Joshua studies mechanical engineering at the University of Maryland. He is a project lead for Engineers Without Borders at UMD, where his team is working to provide clean, reliable water to a rural high school in Ghana. He also serves as Teaching Fellow for the ENES 100 Introduction to Engineering Design course at UMD, where he helps freshman engineering students who are working to develop autonomous over sand vehicles to compete in a course wide competition.

    Jakob Bevard

    Jakob is a junior Aerospace Engineering student at the University of Maryland. He has been with Airgility since December of 2016 as an engineering intern and has worked exclusively on the manufacturing, assembly, and testing of the aircraft.

    Elizabeth Wink

    Lizzie studies at the University of Maryland with a major in mechanical engineering and a minor in sustainability studies. She joined the Airgility team in August 2016 at the start of her sophomore year. She is an Ambassador for the A. James Clark School of Engineering and a sister of Delta Gamma Fraternity. She participates in Engineers Without Borders within the Nicaragua Project and the Terp Thon Planning Team within the Finance Committee.

  • Carissa Arillo

    Carissa is a Junior at the University of Maryland studying mechanical engineering with a minor in sustainability studies. She started on the Airgility team during the Summer of 2017, supporting the test phase development and has since transitioned to product manufacturing.

    Amanda Crisafulli

    Amanda is majoring in mechanical engineering with a minor in engineering leadership at the University of Maryland, College Park. She has been with the team since Winter 2016 as a manufacturing intern. Airgility has given Amanda hands-on industry experience in the design, manufacturing, and testing of unmanned aerial systems. Recently joining the business team, Amanda hopes to levy her engineering background when working with patent law and project work structure.

    Andrew Lent

    Andrew is an aerospace engineering student at the University of Maryland. He joined Airgility during the summer of 2017 and has worked on installing internal hardware, assembling major pieces of the aircraft, flight testing, and composite fabrication.

    Philip Lo

    Philip is a computer science student at UMD and serves as a software developer on the miniSHU team. During the summer of 2017, he implemented various IMU algorithms on budget-oriented hardware, tested the applicability of said algorithms for HorseSHU, and explored possible applications/objectives for the miniSHU project. Currently developing a phone app for internal testing/data recording, his main objective is real-time data visualization. His future goals include optimization of miniSHU controls and task automation.

  • Business Development team

    Zander Forsythe

    Zander is a computer engineering major at the University of Maryland. He will be working to aid in streamlining business-related affairs in various ways. After completing his undergraduate degree at Maryland, he desires to attain his PhD in either autonomous vehicle research or artificial intelligence.

    Caitlin Miller

    Caitlin is a civil engineering student at the University of Maryland. She joined Airgility in September of 2017 and has since contributed to business-related affairs. Caitlin enjoys being a part of Airgility's dynamic environment because of its application of what she is learning in her classes as well as the business aspect, which she hopes will aid in her pursuit to attend law school.