LEADERSHIP

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Dr. Frank Abdi

Chief Technical Officer

Dr. Frank Abdi is the founder of AlphaSTAR Corporation, renowned aerospace scientist, and distinguished author. For over forty years he has contributed leadership to solving advanced material challenges including the derivation and modification of theoretical equations, aero-elastic tailoring, optimization, advanced material design, fracture mechanics, and structural mechanics. At AlphaSTAR he has assembled a team of scientists and engineers that represent a large repository of advanced material methods & solutions.

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Prior to AlphaSTAR, Dr. Abdi led Rockwell International's Advanced Program's Controlled Configured Vehicle Research organization. Key projects included the design and simulation of: NASP (X30), B1-B bird strike, Advanced Launch System, Boosted Penetrator, Swedish Fighter, Special Operation Aircraft, and the space shuttle redesign.

Dr. Abdi earned his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Michigan and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Southern California. He has published numerous journal papers and books in optimization, nanotechnology, materials science and computational structural analysis. Dr. Abdi continues to embrace academic partners and remains active in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, AIAA (member of Optimization Committee and Adaptive Structure Committee, NASA Ames, Committee in Aircraft Conceptual Design, and SAE member of RMS Committee. Dr. Abdi is currently serving as adjunct professor at University of California Los Angeles, Department of Material Science and at Imperial College of London, Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is the recipient of NASA achievement award for his contribution to the Shuttle Columbia Accident investigation in 2003.

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Kay Matin

President

Ms. Matin has served AlphaSTAR as President and Chief Operating Officer since 1990 when she joined AlphaSTAR as a major partner to the high tech start-up. During her tenure, the company has evolved from an advanced Research & Development firm to a leading provider of software and engineering solutions for the global aerospace, automotive, department of defense, and energy markets.

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Ms. Matin’s vision for the company continues to gain momentum as ASC maintains, fosters & grows key relationships with prime OEM partners interested in pushing the technological envelope for development of advanced methods & applications. With Additive Manufacturing creating interest from all sectors & industries globally, Ms. Matin has established an aggressive R&D agenda with the support of DOD and tier one organizations to develop, optimize, verify & validate toolsets that can meet the fast paced needs of the market place. Under Ms. Matin’s direction, ASC has established partnerships with major solutions providers in the marketplace and will continue to be diligent in providing solutions that best serve the customer base in all related industries globally.

Internally, Ms. Matin is responsible for the company's infrastructure; including human resources, finance, contract administration, and corporate governance. In addition to Ms. Matin's leadership contributions, as the major owner of AlphaSTAR, she brings the company the designation of a "woman-owned" corporation. She received her Bachelor of Science from California State University, Fullerton.

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Dr. Anil K Mehta

Vice President Business Development

Anil is an established leader who brings ASC over 35 + years of experience in CAE software business development. Prior to joining ASC, Anil served as SVP of Business Development at ESRD Inc. where he established in-direct sales distribution channel globally and doubled the company's direct & indirect software revenue in his two year tenure. Prior to ESRD, Anil has led third party business and channel development, corporate marketing and partnerships, product management, automotive and aerospace business development teams at MSC Software Corporation from 1995 to 2009. He also previously held the position of manager of CAE products at EDS UNIGRAPHICS (now Siemens PLM Software, Inc.). Anil has spent his entire career successfully in building and promoting computer aided engineering software products.

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Anil holds Doctor of Science from Washington University in St. Louis, MS from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City; and BS in civil engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India.

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Dr. Rashid Miraj

Director of Technical Operations

Dr. Miraj has been a practicing engineer for almost four decades and has worked in academia, civil infrastructure, automotive, aerospace and defense sectors. Surprisingly all activities have been on the cutting edge of technology, including ship design, real-time control, robotics, simulation, computational modeling, crash analysis, advanced composite design, and material characterization and testing. The common thread throughout has been the efficient utilization of materials and personnel to achieve optimal results on time and on budget. The resulting experience has allowed Dr. Miraj to appreciate the synergy of engineering and the business fundamentals that drive it. Accordingly, Dr. Miraj has developed an acute eye for opportunities both in the long term and short term through research, collaboration, and direct market sales, which has been supplemented by an innovative sense of marketing, outreach, branding, positioning and packaging. As a result, Dr. Miraj is best suited to merge technology with the bottom line for AlphaSTAR’s corporate growth and stability.

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Dr. Miraj earned his B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Maryland, College Park. He has M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University in New York and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from The George Washington University, Washington DC. He has authored numerous reports and publications and is active with outreach to universities and colleges.

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Michael Walther

Chairman of the Board

Mr. Walther served as Alpha STAR’s chief strategy advisor since 2007 and was elected as Chairman of the Board in 2011.  He has been instrumental in developing the company’s long range growth strategy, capitalization plan, and key business development relationships.

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Mr. Walther is currently Chairman of multiple emerging growth technology companies across the United States and has significant global experience in “C level” executive roles.  His 20+ year senior officer experience spans public and private companies that have raised over $400m in private, public, and debt financing including tenure at BeHome247, XDimensional Technologies, Stamps.com (NASDAQ:  STMP), Centor, and Artios.

Mr. Walther is the CEO of Walther Edge, a corporate board and executive management company based in South Carolina.  He is an active member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and received his Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University – School of Commerce.

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Amir Mobayen

Strategy & Partnerships

Amir Mobayen is the chief executive officer and president of HyCID Corporation. Most recently, he held the position of vice president and general manager of Arrow Intelligent Systems business at Arrow Electronics based in France, where he was responsible for overseeing the division’s overall strategic direction, planning and execution in the EMEA region. While at Arrow Electronics, Amir also served as the chairman of the board for Data Modul AG in Germany.

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As an International operating executive, with nearly 30 years of experience in the technology sector, Amir has held a number of senior leadership positions in public and private companies with a successful track record in North America, Europe, and Asia. Prior to joining Arrow; he was the Managing Partner at AAvantage Groupe in France, where he was an international operating executive, for the PE Groups, Investment Bankers, and companies in technology (software & services) sector.

Previously, Amir served as the Executive Vice President, WW Field Operations, and Board elected officer at MSC Software Corporation, where he was part of the team who successfully enabled the acquisition of MSC Software through a private equity firm.[/exapnd]

Prior to joining MSC Amir was the Executive Vice President of European sales and marketing at Avnet Technology Solutions and during his 12-year tenure in Avnet, he held several executive, and strategic sales positions within Avnet USA.

Amir has lived in the UK, Belgium, and France while managing teams and businesses in EMEA, Asia, and North America. Amir currently resides in California, speaks English, French, Persian and Turkish. Amir holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, Northridge.

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Richard Sandfer

Corporate Financial Advisor

Richard's executive management experience spans more than 25 years and includes strategic planning, financial reporting, corporate governance,  information technologies, capital formation, cost control, investor relations, and risk management.  He has held CEO and CFO positions in several successful private equity backed companies.

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Richard is managing partner of Sandfer Fikert & Associates, a business advisory firm.  Richard has over 25 years of experience in corporate finance.  He has held partner and management positions with Arthur Andersen, KPMG, and private practice.  In addition to his industry and CPA experience, Richard was Managing Partner for Falcon Ventures Partners and Southern California Ventures, a venture capital and investment banking group.

Richard was an Adjunct Professor for Golden Gate University.  Richard is a Certified Public Accountant, a Register Financial Officer and has a B.S. and M.B.T. from University of Southern California with honors.