Founders

Nihar Vartak, Co-founder & Director

Nihar has a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from Purdue University. He has worked at the Boeing Co. and Accenture in his professional career prior to founding Asteria. At Boeing, Nihar worked as a Systems and Flight Test engineer picking up valuable knowledge in the design of fuselage trusses and cabin structures, flight-line certification and quality assurance, and development of flight test procedures for major commercial aircraft programs. Nihar then moved on to join Accenture, Chicago as a Process and Strategy Manager (Supply Chain) for more than four years. He demonstrated his skills and understanding in process improvement, change management, developing Value realization metrics, contract management, lean manufacturing processes, and development of cost analysis and execution metrics for complex, multiple vendor programs through his position at Accenture.

 

At Asteria, Nihar is responsible for business development, client management, developing sales, and creating and administering effective marketing methods. Nihar also maintains investor relations, develops funding sources and oversees the fiscal health of the company.

Neel Mehta, Co-founder & Director

Neel has a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from Purdue University and a M.S. degree in the same field from Georgia Tech with a specialization in Flight Dynamics and Control. Prior to founding Asteria, Neel worked for more than 3 years as a System Engineer (Flight Controls) in Rockwell Collins Inc., USA. He has extensive experience in flight control law design and analysis, flight simulation, flight test, and developing and certifying end-to-end flight control systems for several commercial aircraft programs. Neel also has deep systems level knowledge and practical experience in designing and testing avionics subsystems, interactions between avionics subsystems, and the processes to develop and certify avionics systems for commercial aircraft.

 

At Asteria, Neel is responsible for leading product development, focusing on the research of new technologies for making innovative products. Neel also pursues and develops opportunities to collaborate with external technology partners.