President & Director of Engineering
Advanced Vehicle Systems Laboratory
Director - Flight Dynamics - FTE
P. A.“ Rai” Menges, Ph.D. - President & Founder
Rai earned her doctorate in aerospace engineering and nuclear physics beganning her career at Los Alamos National Laboratory where she was responsible for analysis of weapons and national infrastructures as well as reverse engineering foreign production and improvised weapons. She served as lead systems and flight test engineer for several satellite and flight testing projects in the Space Sciences and Engineering Group. Dr. Menges was awarded the Los Alamos Award for a major intelligence product. After leaving Los Alamos, she became an advisor and consultant to numerous defense contractors, high-tech start-ups and financial groups.
Dr. Menges has over twenty years of experience leading multidisciplinary engineering, R&D and business development building experimental and engineering operations, advanced manufacturing and TD&E. Dr. Menges is founder of six companies including Aerospace Research Systems, LLC., Star Sailor Energy, Inc., Sometimes it Takes a Rocket Scientist, Inc., Ars Verde, Inc. and recognized as an innovator in product development creating sustainable products brand Home Planet Solutions®, Sometimes it Takes a Rocket Scientist ®, Rocket Times™ Media and high-tech products such as performance adaptive built environment safe wind turbines, energy harvesting power storage, motorless motion and multifunctional smart structures including nine issued patents.
She is a fellow NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts for her work in neuromorphic functional structures and morphing aircraft wings. Dr. Menges has an FAA commercial license and more than a decade of experience as an engineering pilot and flight test engineer.
She is a member of the Society of Flight Test Engineers, ASM International, American Polar Society, and serves on advisory boards including the Department of Engineering Technology of Northern Kentucky University, the American Polar Society and the Northfield Project. Dr. Menges is a member and Secretary of the Advancing Renewable Technologies Committee of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute of ASCE. She is the author of several book chapters and monographs including Wind Energy in Water Infrastructures (Chapter ASCE 2021), Space Systems Primer (Rocket Times, 2021), Systems Engineering in Commercial Space Development (Pending, 2022).