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Leadership Bios - Shilpa Bahethi

Shilpa Bahethi, Chief Executive Officer

Already a distinguished member of the SSAI family, Shilpa previously served as the company’s Corporate Treasurer and is renowned for exemplary leadership skills and unwavering commitment to the company’s success. Her medical experience enhances the company’s competitive edge, particularly in fields where science, technology, and health intersect. Her dedication to creating a positive and innovative work environment makes her a cornerstone of SSAI’s growth and development.

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Leadership Bios - Praveen Bahethi

Praveen Bahethi, President

A personable and driven executive with a background in managing technology firms at many scales and in many industries, Praveen became SSAI’s President in 2021 to return the company to its focus on innovation in science and engineering.  With an eye for efficiency and productivity, Praveen is committed to furthering his parents’ vision of working to improve the quality of life today and into the future.

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Leadership Bios - Rachit Mahajan

Rachit Mahajan, Chief Financial Officer

Rachit joined SSAI’s leadership team in 2021 as the company’s Chief Financial Officer, bringing with him decades of experience in the areas of finance, government contracting, business, and taxation. With an educational background in finance, taxation, and commerce, Rachit has already applied his knowledge to improving legacy accounting systems and processes and looks forward to continuing to help the company grow.

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Leadership Bios - David McBride

David McBride, Chief Operating Officer

Before assuming the role of Chief Operating Officer in 2023, David led the Science, Technology, and Research Support Services III contract at NASA’s Langley Research Center (LaRC) from 2021-2023 and served as SSAI’s Vice President of Virginia Operations. He has supported NASA LaRC in various SSAI positions since 2013. David has also served several terms as president of the Hampton Roads Chapter of the National Contract Management Association.

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Leadership Bios - Chris Williamson

Chris Williamson, Chief Strategy Officer

Chris has responsibility for shaping SSAI's strategic direction, growth, and communications. Before coming to work for the company, he worked for Newport News Shipbuilding, and at Jacobs for twenty-plus years. His service at Jacobs included leading the growth of the Government Technology Performance Operations unit and serving as a VP for more than three years.

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Leadership Bios - Jackie Kendall

Jackie Kendall, Chief Knowledge Officer

Jackie has responsibility for the development and usage of SSAI technology, including information analytics and artificial intelligence. She has been with SSAI for over twenty years.

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Leadership Bios - Diedre Jones

Diedre “Dee” Jones, VP of Human Resources

Diedre leads the human resources department at SSAI and is the leader for Corporate Social Responsibility. She has been with SSAI for over twenty years.

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Leadership Bios - Keith Duffy

Keith Duffy, VP, Assistant Chief Strategy Officer

Keith is responsible for SSAI's strategic plan, IT, and program support. Before joining SSAI, he was an Air Force Colonel and served as Commander of the 15th Operational Weather Squadron. He has been with SSAI for more than eleven years.

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Leadership Bios - Robin Kovach

Robin Kovach, VP and SAMDA Program Manager

Robin is an SSAI Vice President and serves as program manager for the Support for Atmospheres, Modeling and Data Assimilation (SAMDA) project, which supports atmospheric science and data assimilation research conducted by scientists at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She has been with SSAI for more than twelve years.

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Leadership Bios - Oreste Reale

Oreste Reale, Corporate Chief Scientist

Dr. Reale oversees science conducted by SSAI researchers, a role he has filled since 2021. His research work at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center has included experiments with a focus on the assimilation of radiances from hyperspectral Infrared sensors and atmospheric dynamics & meteorology in the field of Earth Science, and studies of the general circulation of the atmosphere of Mars. 


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Leadership Bios - Dustyn Strosnider

Dustyn Strosnider, ESES III Program Manager

Dustyn is the program manager for the Electrical Systems Engineering Services (ESES) III contract, which provides electrical/electronic engineering support services and related work to the Engineering and Technology Directorate at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She has been with SSAI since 2023.

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Leadership Bios - Andre Smith

Andre Smith, HBG Program Manager

Andre is the program manager for the Hydrosphere, Biosphere, Geophysics (HBG) contract at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, which is intended to acquire scientific research services to conceive, develop, and apply space, field-deployed (airborne and in situ), and laboratory-based technologies and observations. He has been with SSAI since 2018.

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