Athulan is responsible for the day-to-day business operations and leads R&D, product, sales, marketing, and field services. He spearheads the strategy and technology development of VIMANA’s Industrial Analytics platform and smart manufacturing and connected product solutions. His focus is to bring deep alignment between go-to-market to technology development to enable agility, scalability, and customer responsiveness. Athulan was a developer of the MTConnect standard, and in 2009 co-founded VIMANA, and launched the first cloud-based smart manufacturing application. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas, Austin, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.