Who We Are

ITAC has a highly experienced technical and management team, committed to advancing technology research and development for US Federal Agencies, and small and large businesses in Defense and civilian markets. Founded by Dr. Alan B. Cain in 1999, ITAC is recognized for its technical expertise in areas of aerodynamics, aerospace, and aeroacoustics, and its deep commitment to customer support in delivering high quality work. In addition to Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards from federal agencies, ITAC works with businesses in providing support for the design and evaluation of advanced concepts, technical consulting, and in Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs).

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Executive Staff

Alan Cain
Alan B. Cain, PhD

Founder & President

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Mehul P. Patel, MS, MBA

Vice President

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Chris C. Nelson, PhD

Chief Scientist

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Alan B. Cain, PhD

Founder and President

Dr. Cain leads the overall planning and execution of business activities and has expertise in core technical competencies of the company. In the aerospace community, Dr. Cain is recognized for the development of active flow control and its application to acoustic applications such as noise reduction, and control of other complex fluid flows.

Prior to founding ITAC in 1999, Dr. Cain was at The Boeing Company (McDonnell Douglas) for 13 years and served Boeing as an Associate Fellow and Team Leader of Active Flow Control research and St. Louis site focal point for Acoustics. Dr. Cain was a Senior Fellow at the Center for Turbulence Research (CTR) (Stanford University & NASA Ames Research Center) and was in residence three periods at the NASA CTR facilities conducting direct simulation studies on different aspects of turbulence. He has also served as a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Research in Scientific Computation at North Carolina State University, and Adjunct Professor of The Dept. of Aerospace Engineering at St. Louis University.

His accomplishments have been recognized by many awards including outstanding support for flow control and CFD for Orbital Research, Inc., Boeing Special Incentive Award for contributions to the C-17 Program, Boeing Teammate of Distinction Award for explanation and solution to an aircraft auxiliary inlet fatigue damage problem that was a result of flow/resonant acoustic interaction, McDonnell Douglas Certificate of Customer Appreciation for support of the NASA High Speed Research (HSR) Program, three McDonnell Douglas Leading Edge Awards for Innovative New Concepts, including one that was key to winning a $20 million dollar new wing design contract (based on a compact analytical representation of the wing geometry), and 1996 AIAA Best Paper of the Year Award in Air Breathing Propulsion.

Dr. Cain has been a Principal Investigator or Program Manager on over 35 research programs, with funding mostly from the USAF and NASA. Dr. Cain is an inventor on 5 patents and has one more patent pending, authored and co-authored over 100 research papers, and has given 20 invited lectures and 12 invited workshop presentations. He is an Associate Fellow of the AIAA and serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Aero-acoustics. He has served on the AIAA Aeroacoustics Technical Committee and the AIAA Fluid Dynamics Technical Committee.

Dr. Cain holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University.

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Mehul P. Patel, MS, MBA

Vice President, Advanced Programs

Mr. Patel manages the creation and growth of advanced technologies for commercial and military applications, and provides support in business strategy, technical reporting and stakeholder communications, and intellectual property (IP) and legal agreements. He brings 16 years of experience in technology innovation, research, and SBIR-STTR projects to ITAC.

Prior to joining ITAC in 2008, Mr. Patel served as the Director of Aerodynamics Group at Orbital Research Inc., where he led the research, development and product commercialization for the Aerodynamics Division while also managing the Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio related to aerospace technologies. The success of the Aerodynamics Division led Orbital Research to win the national Tibbetts award in 2007, exemplifying the very best in SBIR achievement.

Patel has been a Principal Investigator (PI) on 25 SBIR contracts with funding from the U.S. Department of Defense agencies (Air Force, Army, Navy, and DARPA), NASA, and the Department of Energy. His technical background and areas of interest include applied aerodynamics, active flow control, aircraft/missile aerodynamics, Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) control, MEMS sensors and actuators, plasma actuators, weapons steering (missiles/munitions/projectiles), guided destructive expendables for aircraft self-protection/survivability, and flow-control for smart wind turbine rotor blades.

Mr. Patel is an inventor of 18 issued patents with 7 additional pending. He has authored over 75 technical papers, given 10 invited talks, and has received an AIAA Young Professional Best Paper award for his work on “closed-loop missile yaw control via manipulation of forebody flow asymmetries”. Mr. Patel is an Associate Fellow of AIAA, a reviewer for the Journal of Aircraft and AIAA conferences, and has served on the AIAA Applied Aerodynamics and Fluid Dynamics Technical Committees.

Mehul holds an MBA with dual concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Leadership from Arizona State University (ASU); MS in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University (CASE); BE in Mechanical Engineering from Maharaja Sayajirao University (MSU), The Faculty of Technology and Engineering, India; and is a Registered Patent Agent for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

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Chris C. Nelson, PhD

Chief Scientist for CFD

Dr. Nelson leads the design and expansion of the computational capabilities at ITAC and is the Chief architect behind the development of advanced software for specialized customer applications. Dr. Nelson is recognized as an expert CFD code developer with a strong emphasis in unsteady applications.

Prior to joining ITAC in 2004, he worked for 6 years at Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC), eventually becoming AEDC’s lead developer on the NPARC Alliance’s Wind-US code. In that capacity, he was instrumental in implementing the time-accurate implicit methods currently in the code. In 1999, Dr. Nelson, as part of the NPARC Alliance development team, received Honorable Mention in the NASA Software of the Year Award competition. He has also made major contributions to the development of the CHOPA aeroacoustics solver. His work with CHOPA has led to overall performance improvements that exceed a factor of ten on some systems.

In addition to his experience developing computational fluid dynamics software, Dr. Nelson has used CFD to address a broad spectrum of physics. Examples range from low-speed studies of bio-inspired designs to modeling the air chemistry around hypersonic vehicles.

Dr. Nelson has been a Principal Investigator on three research programs with the United States Air Force, five NASA programs, and three U.S. Navy projects. He has also been lead engineer on a number of other efforts. Dr. Nelson has authored or co-authored more than two dozen scientific papers and presentations. He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is a past member of the AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Technical Committee and a past Treasurer of the Pacific Northwest chapter of the AIAA.

Dr. Nelson holds a PhD, MS, and BS in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

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