Scientific Systems Names New Vice Presidents for Strategy, Research & Development and Systems Engineering

January 29, 2009 by  

Former iRobot CTO to Head R&D for Defense and Industrial Technology Development Leader

WOBURN, MA, January 29, 2009 – Scientific Systems Company, Inc. (SSCI), a leading developer of technology solutions for defense and industrial suppliers, today strengthened its senior management team with the promotion of three executives responsible for strategy and business development, research and development, and systems engineering. Dr. Raman Mehra, Chief Executive Officer, named three new vice presidents: Dr. Andrew Bennett, Vice President of Research & Development; Dr. Sanjeev Seereeram, Vice President of Systems Engineering; and Mr. Kunal Mehra, Vice President of Strategy and Market Development.

“The promotion of these three outstanding individuals reflects the depth and breadth of our expertise and positions Scientific Systems for growth as we continue to leverage our engineering and scientific expertise to deliver advanced solutions for the defense, industrial and commercial markets,” Dr. Mehra said. He noted that Dr. Bennet’s previous experience with the commercial robotics company iRobot and with Walt Disney Imagineering has helped the company improve its efforts to productize its advanced technologies for broader markets.

Mr. Kunal Mehra, Vice President of Strategy and Market Development
Mr. Mehra is principally responsible for leading the transition of SSCI’s technology development programs into fielded products. In this capacity, he interacts very closely with the Acquisition and Product Development community as well as key industrial partners. Mr. Mehra led the commercialization of both the CMARS and ImageNav products and has been instrumental in securing Phase III funding. Prior to SSCI, he was Vice President of Strategy and Market Development at Equitant Inc. (ACQ: IBM), a Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) provider. At the time of its acquisition by IBM, Equitant managed over $50 billion of revenue on behalf of market leaders such as Microsoft, Cisco, Lucent, Hewlett Packard, Visteon, and Dun & Bradstreet with sites in Europe, India, and the U.S. At Equitant, Mr. Mehra was responsible for Global Market Development and Strategy and played a key role in increasing Equitant’s revenues by 80% in the 18 months prior to the IBM transaction. Mr. Mehra was formerly a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company in New York. He holds a B.S. (Honors with Distinction) in Operations Research with Minors in Economics and International Affairs from Columbia University.

Dr. Andrew Bennett, Vice President of Research and Development
Dr. Bennett has been designing and developing intelligent control systems for marine and terrestrial robots since 1991. In his expanded role, Dr. Bennett will be charged with overseeing SSCI’s R&D efforts and creating its future technology roadmap, with a focus on productization of advanced technologies. Dr. Bennett comes to SSCI from iRobot Corporation, where, as CTO of the Government and Industrial Robots Division, he oversaw development of the highly successful PackBot, Warrior and SUGV Tactical Mobile Robots. Before iRobot, Dr. Bennett worked as a Senior Roboticist for Walt Disney Imagineering R&D, where he designed the control system for the Disney’s first free-walking quadruped dinosaur robot, and at Draper Laboratories and the MIT Sea Grant Laboratory working on a variety of UUV systems including the Odyssey I and II UUVs, the predecessors to the highly successful Bluefin UUVs. Dr. Bennett holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering Design from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Marine Systems from MIT.

Dr. Sanjeev Seerreeram, Vice President of Systems Engineering
Dr. Seereeram oversees systems development, engineering, integration and test of advanced systems at SSCI. His expertise in Systems, Software Engineering, and Advanced Research & Technology Development helps the SSCI team bridge the gap from research program to fielded products. He has led DARPA, NASA, AFRL and NAVAIR-funded efforts to develop software for onboard autonomy, image-based navigation, autonomous rendezvous and control for maritime, air and space vehicles. Dr. Seereeram has served on Government and Industry Panels to develop technology roadmaps for space-based autonomy and verification and validation of advanced flight control systems. He has supervised and performed research and technology development in Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, Advanced Controls and Estimation, and Information Technologies, with applications in Unmanned Vehicles, Mission Planning, Autonomous Space Systems, Robotics, Aerospace Controls, and Enterprise Decision Support systems. Dr. Seereeram holds a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering (Brown University) and a Ph.D. in Computer & Systems Engineering (RPI).

About Scientific Systems Company, Inc.
Scientific Systems Company, Inc. (SSCI) pioneers products and technologies that provide the intelligence for unmanned ground, air and maritime vehicles to autonomously and collaboratively accomplish missions in difficult environments. A leading developer of technology solutions for defense and industrial suppliers, SSCI is one of the top 20 recipients of Small Business Innovation Research awards in the U.S. and is recognized by the U.S. Navy and Army for its record of successful technology transitions. A privately held company based in Massachusetts, SSCI collaborates with a network of defense industry prime contractors and consultants, drawing on an accumulated investment of over $150 million in advanced research and development funding.

Contact:
Greg Moeller
(781) 933-5355 x295
gmoeller@ssci.com

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