Co-Founder & CEO
Zach serves as CEO and chief engineer for Pitch. He is recognized as a leading authority on cyclorotor technology. He is the named inventor on multiple cyclorotor patents and has published extensively on the topic. Zachary holds a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue. He served as an F-15E Pilot & Flight Lead in the USAF.
Co-Founder & COO
Ian oversees business operations and provides strategic direction for Pitch. He has significant experience in the defense acquisitions industry-leading multiple U.S. Government advanced technology programs valued in excess of $2B. Ian is a Marshall Scholar. He holds degrees from the U.S. Air Force Academy, The London School of Economics, and The London Business School.
Governrment Sales Director
David oversees strategic business development bringing 20 years of industry experience alongside 28 years of Air Force service. He specializes in maturing and fielding new technologies including command and control, cyber, ai, and remotely piloted aircraft. While working for Scientific Research Corporation David won $2B+ in development contracts.
Electrical & Embedded Coding Engineer
Adam is one of those guys who can put the magic smoke back into electronics. He oversees electronics and embedded coding development on Astria. Before working at Pitch, Adam performed electronics design for a Latitude VTOL drone and participated in the acquitions by L3-Harris. Subsequently he worked for One-point-one on driverless high-voltage LED lighting for hydroponics. He knows electronics, startups, and drones in and out.
Julianna oversees the mechanical design of Astria. In tandem she leads the development effort of our bird diverter payload arm, and drone-deployable bird diverters, which she invented. Julianna was the top mechanical engineering graduate from Boise State University.
Alex is leading development of Astria's visual sensor navigation and state estimation system. Alex worked as an Intern at Pitch Aeronautics as an undergraduate before accepting a graduate research assistanceship at Boise State University under professor Aykut Satici. Alex developed the mechanical and electrical design of our active thermography sensor and crack-width measurment sensor.