About Us : Board of Directors
Aravind Melligeri is Chairman & Co-founder of QuEST Global. He is responsible for balancing growth and stability through acquisitions, partnerships and strategic alliances. He focuses on long-term and strategic needs for building QuEST Global into an organization that provides efficient global delivery capabilities. Aravind’s ability to sense new opportunities and ‘quest’ for exploring ‘out of the box’ ideas has given the company a competitive edge – QuEST Global’s foray into Design & Build as an extension of Engineeering Services(ESO) is an example of this, as well as the setting up of QuEST Global’s precision engineering SEZ in Belgaum (Karnataka, India) for developing the first of its kind Aerospace supply chain ecosystem in India.
Aravind has been conferred with the ‘Young Achiever Award’ by the Indo-American Society for his contributions in fostering better relationship between India and USA. The National Institute for Technology, Karnataka Alumni Association has also awarded him with an Alumni Excellence Award.
Aravind holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Karnataka Regional Engineering College, India and a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, U.S.A.
As the Co-founder and Co-chairman, Ajit Prabhu provides the vision and strategic direction for the growth of QuEST Global. His main focus is to integrate global resources to provide the competitive edge to QuEST Global. A seasoned entrepreneur, Ajit co-founded QuEST Global with Aravind Melligeri in 1997 with the vision of developing expertise in the engineering services outsourcing space that ranges from concept to product realization.
Ajit is known for his determination, dynamism and his passion to understand customer challenges. His mission is to improve the profitability of customers through effective utilization of QuEST's global resources. He is a Six Sigma Greenbelt certificate holder and also the recipient of the Young Investigator Award from the International Association for Dental Research. He gained practical experience at General Electric's Corporate Research and Development Center, in Schenectady, NY, while working on power generation, aircraft engines; appliances and locomotive related engineering problems.
Ajit holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Karnataka University, India, a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Old Dominion University, VA and a Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer, NY.
He was inducted as a life time member into distinguished Livingston W. Houston 13 Society of Patroons of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He also serves on the Engineering School Advisory Council at Rensselaer. In addition, Ajit Prabhu is also a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, UK.
As a member of the QuEST Board, Michael Propen (Mike) positions QuEST Global’s engineering and manufacturing services through his high-level interactions. He also counsels QuEST Global in talent acquisitions, defining the technology road map, and advising on potential acquisition and integration of these new entities into QuEST Global. Prior to joining QuEST Global in 2002, Mike held the position of Corporate Vice President Technology & Program Management at Honeywell International.
He is credited with driving productivity through corporate-wide networks, and accelerating growth through sharing of common processes and best practices. He started his career as a Design Engineer and worked in this position for 5 years at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft and then at Lockheed Missiles & Company. In 1977 he joined Textron where he held various senior positions. In late 1994 he became Vice President of Engineering at AlliedSignal, Stratford, CT. In 1997 he was made Vice President Technology & Business Development at AlliedSignal Automotive Products Group. In 1998 he took the position of Corporate Vice President - Technology & Program Management at Honeywell International.
Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics/Mathematics from Queens College, NY; BS degree in Aeronautics & Astronautics from New York University, NY; Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from Florida Technological University, FL and an MBA from the University of New Haven, CT.
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