Nayan Bohidar Research Engineer and Manager, Propulsion Engineering Team Aurora Flight Sciences


Nayanapriya Bohidar is a research engineer and manager of the Propulsion engineering team at Aurora Flight Sciences. Joining Aurora Flight Sciences in 2018, she provides functional and technical leadership to the Propulsion team while also supporting technical program roles. Nayan has been a technical contributor on several advanced development programs, including the Boeing TTBW, DARPA CRANE X-plane, NASA EAP and EPFD programs, Boeing PAV, NASA D8, and FARA. She participates in the shaping and capturing of programs during proposal phases. 

Nayan’s expertise includes technical and programmatic Leadership, Value proposition, Systems engineering, Conceptual design trades, Rotor development and testing, Fan-blade design, Path to Certification development, Vendor relations, and Ground operations. She is leading multiple research projects related to powertrain architecture optimization, including hybrid electric. Her functional responsibilities include managing team utilization and staffing demand, indirect budgets, supporting growth, executing skill training, hiring/recruiting and improving best practices across the organization. Most recently, she is focused on technology roadmapping through strategic engineering, systems thinking, technical leadership and multidisciplinary design optimization.

Prior to joining Aurora, Nayan has nine years’ experience from Rockwell Collins and Honeywell in R&D and New Product Development teams. Nayan holds an M.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University and a B.S. in Honors Physics from Delhi University. She has been active in AIAA Forums and Conferences since 2017.