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Dr. Ajay P. Kothari

Dr. Ajay P. Kothari is a well known US based aerospace engineer and researcher and today heads companies set up by him as President & CEO, Astrox Corporation, USA and President, xSIDE USA, both of which work at the frontiers of aeronautical and space related technological development and research.

 

Dr Kothari was born November 22, 1949 in Dhanera, Gujarat and completed his schooling at the Vividhlaxi Vidyamandir, Palanpur with an outstanding record, standing 2nd in Banaskantha Dist, and 31st in Gujarat in the SSC exam in 1966. He was President of the school in 1964-65, in addition to being class president through all 11 years of school. He was selected as "The Best Student of School" for excellence in academics as well as extracurricular activities in 1962.

Prototype design of
Vertical Take Off plane

After finishing his BSc in Physics from the University of Mumbai in 1971, during which time he was awarded the National Merit Scholarship from the Government of India, Dr. Kothari went abroad for higher studies. He completed his MS and PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland, USA in 1975 and 1979 respectively. He was President of Indian Students Association of University of Maryland for the year 1975-76.

 

Dr. Kothari entered the industry and was Senior Development Engineer in High Energy Laser Group at Bell Aerospace, Textron, from 1979 to 1981 before moving back to the Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland where he was Assistant Research Engineer working on projects for NASA, US military and various aerospace majors from 1982 to 1990.


Dr. Kothari receiving the
'Pride of India' award in Washington

Recognition of his achievements have come in myriad ways – he was elected Vice-Chairman of US-Indian Scientists Organization, Washington D.C. Metropolitan area, 1985-87; his name was listed in the Who’s Who’s publications in the early 1990s; he was conferred “ASEI-NCC Emerging Technologist Award” by ASEI, 1997, and in 2007 he was given the Pride of India award by the Non Resident Institute, Washington DC. 

 

Most recently, Dr. Kothari has been working on a project that could revolutionize the parameters of air travel – hypersonic space travel that could cut travel times from New York to Mumbai to as little as one hour! Under his leadership, Astrox has already created a prototype design for such a plane, which takes off vertically, and recently, along with researchers at the University of Maryland came up with a solution to a problem that had vexed scientists till now – how to mix fuel in an engine that generates power required to drive hypersonic engines. The breakthrough, an inward turning scamjet engine, has the potential to change the way the world flies.

 

Dr. Kothari lives and works in the USA.

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