Young Professional Profile August 2019

We want to get to know you! The member profile section in our YP newsletter helps us get to know more about our AIAA young professional members. Please take a moment to fill out this short form YP Spotlight Application about you and return it to us at: We will publish one member's profile each month. Please note that the profile should be no longer than one page and must be professional in nature. The YPC will reserve the right to refuse any profiles that do not meet these guidelines. We look forward to learning more about you!

Ben Salmore, AIAA Young ProfessionalName: Abhinav Pandey

Hometown: New Delhi, INDIA

Currently lives: New Delhi, INDIA


  • B. Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, INDIA
  • MS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Southern California, USA

Employer: PMG (my company)

Job Description: Leading sales, operations, and administration of PMG. PMG is an engineering design and project management company delivering end-to-end design and design–Build solutions in the food and beverage industry. Currently staffed ~36 personnel, mostly engineers.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
An engineer who could solve any problem, through knowledge, logic and persistence, like Cyrus Smith in The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne.

How far can YOU see? Where do you see the aerospace industry 10–20 years from now?
I see that my company and I are doing something valuable in the aerospace industry. I also see a lot of the technology being shared with other domains and enabling multi-domain implementations, bringing down the cost of aerospace technology and design, which is huge as on date.

One insightful fact you want everyone to know: What is real depends on who is looking. [Physics + Life]

Professional Interests: Engineering. Design. Project Management. Systems Architecting.

Hobbies: Badminton, books, and programming.