Dr. Amit Mehra, CFA co-founded
Ventions, and currently serves as CFO and Managing Partner in the
DC-based Services Group.
Prior to starting Ventions, Dr. Mehra worked as
Chief Engineer at D-STAR Engineering, where he had overall responsibility for development of an advanced turbine engine for UAV
applications under a $4.6MM DARPA-program, and successfully took the engine
from concept to component-level testing in less than 1 year.
Dr. Mehra has also worked as a management consultant with Dean and Company, a strategy consulting
firm in the Washington DC area, gaining experience in the energy and telecom
practices of the company, including financial valuation and due diligence
for power plants, merger integration support for two $7B
utilities, and operational cost restructuring for telecom voice / data
Dr. Mehra holds a PhD and
MS in Aero /Astro from MIT’s Gas Turbine
Lab, and a BS in Engineering and Applied Science from Caltech.
His graduate research, funded by
DARPA, resulted in the demonstration of a first-of-its-kind
micro-combustion chamber fabricated using silicon chip manufacturing
techniques, and was awarded the 1st prize at the Merrill Lynch Global
Innovation Grants Competition for its widespread commercial
Dr. Mehra has also received
various other awards including recognition as one of the top 12 technology
innovators of Indian descent in the US (Outlook magazine,
2002), a best paper award at the International Fluid Dynamics conference,
and the Caltech Carnation Merit Fellowship.