With a proven track record of driving complex concepts to completion within an aggressive schedule, Arakel has accumulated over 14 years of experience performing structural design, analysis, manufacturing, and assembly for the aerospace sector. Prior to starting Urbineer, at Swift Engineering, Arakel was a critical member of a small engineering team that performed the structural design and build of the Boeing-Sikorsky Defiant SB-1 demonstrator, a 60ft long 250kn composite helicopter competing for the Future Vertical Lift platform. Prior to Swift Engineering, Arakel was a Sr. R&D Project Engineer with HAECO Cabin Solutions where he spearheaded projects from the early conceptual design stages into high volume production FAA certified structures. Arakel also worked for the Air Force Research Laboratory at the Edwards Air Force Base in California. During his tenure, Arakel performed design, FEA analysis, schematic layout, and component procurement in support of large liquid rocket test stands. Prior to the AFRL, Arakel worked for AeroVironment in Simi Valley, CA where he performed composite structural analysis on Global Observer; a 175ft wingspan hydrogen powered high altitude composite Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). Transitioning from a high-volume production atmosphere to a pure R&D house has allotted Arakel with a wide spectrum of mechanical and manufacturing experience. With a comprehensive foundation of engineering principals coupled with a deep breath of practical knowledge, Arakel has extensive industry practice in airframe design, composites, additive manufacturing (3D printing), 3D CAD, FEA, high volume machining, injection molded plastic, welding, and thermoformed plastic.