Dr. Gummalla is a Director at AE Industrial and is primarily focused on portfolio management of AE Industrial’s portfolio investments. Dr. Gummalla brings over 19 years of deep technical, innovation, business development and sales experience in Industrial and Aerospace markets. Prior to joining AE Industrial in 2021, Dr. Gummalla worked as a Sales Executive for the New England territory and Business Development Director for Airtech USA. Previously, she was with United Technologies Corporation (UTC) fulfilling roles of increasing responsibility and diversity. In her early years at UTC, she led the fuel cell programs at the research center and developed proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells for tactical unmanned aerial vehicles. Dr. Gummalla and her team hold a world record for demonstrating PEM fuel cell powered unmanned rotorcraft. Later, she originated and supported revenue generating deals for UTC’s Innovation Business Development Office with total contract value in excess of $400M. After that, she established the Strategic Innovation Partnerships practice and Innovation Hubs for UTC’s Building Integrated Systems (Carrier and Otis) to enable organic growth and accelerate product development. During this time, she established strategic partnerships with start-up ecosystems (VCs, PEs, Accelerators and Incubators) with a focus on start-ups aligned with HVAC and elevator business growth. Dr. Gummalla holds a BTech degree in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and PhD from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.