We bridge the gap between aerospace and robotics to provide safety, efficiency, and performance.
WHAT WE DO
Near Earth Autonomy is creating a future where autonomous flight is commonplace and safe. Our work enables a range of uncrewed aircraft (i.e., sub-meter to full scale) to operate across multiple applications.
CEO & Co-Founder
Sanjiv leads the technical and business strategy for the company. He brings 25 years of experience in autonomous ground and air vehicles operating in extreme environments. Key area of his expertise are in perception and planning for air and ground vehicles. In addition, he specializes in the coordination of teams of (human and robotic) agents performing complex tasks. Sanjiv obtained his PhD in Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University in 1995. Near Earth is his third commercial venture.
COO & Co-Founder
Marcel oversees the company's operation, including funding procurement, contracting, project management, and project retirement. Additionally, he leads the company's financial, human resources, and administrative operations. He obtained his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in 1996. Prior to joining Near Earth, he was a faculty at Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute for 6 years. Marcel is also a co-founder of MySTEM Academy, a technology education venture that teaches programming and robotics to elementary and middle school children.
CTO & Co-Founder
Lyle is the Chief Technology Officer of Near Earth Autonomy. He has over two decades of experience in field robotics implementation and testing, with the majority of his work involving aircraft. He has led technical development and deployment of autonomous aircraft ranging in size from helicopters that carry 5000 pounds, down to vehicles with a payload of 5 pounds. He is now focusing on safety assurance for autonomous aircraft to allow widespread adoption of flying delivery and passenger vehicles. Lyle graduated from Caltech in 2005 with a BS in Engineering and Applied Science and worked for 8 years as an engineering staff at the Carnegie Mellon Field Robotics Center before starting Near Earth Autonomy with three other members.
As Chief Strategy Officer, Samuel manages Near Earth’s corporate strategy and strategic initiatives. Dinnar is an FAA-certified flight instructor and jet pilot, who gained experience in the pioneering years of uncrewed aerial systems three decades ago, when he led major UAV programs from prototypes to operational production. He later helped revolutionize the certified commercial avionics market by introducing integrated flight decks to general aviation, in his roles directing product engineering and corporate development. Dinnar holds degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science, and a PMD from the Harvard Business School. He is based in Boston, where he is a published author and continues to teach at Harvard‘s PON and at MIT’s Graduate Program for Engineering Leadership.
Principal Robotics Engineer
Sebastian brings key technical expertise in perception and motion planning to the company. Sebastian has pushed the state of the art in intelligence for autonomous aerial vehicles for over 10 years and has developed perception and motion planning algorithms that enable flight in unstructured and unknown environments. Currently, he leads projects in perception and planning for autonomous aircraft. Sebastian obtained his PhD in Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University in 2010. He has been on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon since 2012.
Member of Board of Directors
Gur is a member of the board of directors of Near Earth Autonomy. He currently sits on the board of directors for several companies, including Ascent Aerosystems, Vertical Aerospace, and Aerolane. Gur served as Vice President at Amazon.com, Inc. from 2012 to 2020, where he co-founded the Amazon Prime Air delivery-by-drone project and led the organization to its FAA certification as a Part 135 commercial airline. Prior to Amazon, Gur served in a number of different roles at Microsoft where he was integral in the development of key technologies including Virtual Earth & Bing Maps, Contextual & Geosocial search, Cloud Infrastructure, Augmented and Virtual Reality, and Enterprise Communications. Gur is a founding member of the Federal Aviation Administration Drone Advisory Committee and worked in collaboration with the FAA, SESAR, NASA, and ICAO on the development of the Federated Airspace Management Architecture, enabling the safe integration of Uncrewed Aircraft Systems and Urban Air Mobility into the airspace around the world.
Member of Board of Directors
Carroll is a Senior Vice President of Kaman Corporation and President of its Air Vehicles and Precision Products divisions. In his role, Carroll leads the development of autonomous flight systems for U.S. and allied warfighters, and commercial customers around the world. Prior to joining Kaman, Carroll was President of Commercial Engines at Pratt & Whitney and led the development, program management, and aftermarket operations of the company’s portfolio of large commercial engines. Carroll has expertise in P&L management, strategic planning, and investor relations and spent close to a decade at United Technologies Corporation (UTC), now Raytheon Technologies Corporation. Prior to leading Pratt & Whitney’s Commercial Engines business, Mr. Lane served in positions of increasing responsibility with UTC, including Vice President of Investor Relations, Vice President of Pratt & Whitney’s Commercial Engines Aftermarket organization and as a corporate strategy executive. Prior to joining UTC, Mr. Lane was a Director with CSP Associates, an Aerospace & Defense advisory firm in Cambridge, MA. Carroll holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Williams College. He also served in the United States Marine Corps as a Naval Aviator.
Member of Board of Directors
Laurence is Managing Director at AE Industrial Partners, a private equity and venture capital firm with over $5 billion of assets under management. Her primary focus is on business development and portfolio management across AE Industrial’s funds and sectors, with several board roles including with Columbia Helicopters and Edge Autonomy. She previously worked in commercial, technical and operational roles across the aerospace industry, including as Chief Executive Officer of the GE Passport JV engine program of GE Aerospace with IHI and Safran, and at Sikorsky Aircraft, CIT Aerospace and The Weather Company. She flew Learjets commercially, earned SM and PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics (Engineering) at MIT and is a member of the Wings Club Foundation.