Andrew founded Vartega in 2014 to develop superior carbon fiber recycling processes and thereby drive sustainable and widespread carbon fiber adoption. Prior to Vartega, he served as Vice President, Engineering at CO2Nexus, a clean technology start-up in Colorado. During his tenure, Andrew advanced technology for textile processing in commercial, industrial, and clean room applications. His areas of focus included solvent filtration and purification processes, research and development, equipment design, automation, heat transfer, and thermodynamics. Andrew also has experience in oil and gas processing, HVAC systems, and human powered transportation technology. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Josh Gary is based in Washington, close to aerospace waste generators. Josh spent the last eight years of his career in the commercial construction industry as a project manager for a mechanical equipment representative firm: Air Reps LLC. During his tenure he developed relationships with high profile clients such as Boeing, Amazon, and Microsoft. He had project involvement from cradle to grave, aiding in equipment design, selection, and procurement. Additional duties included managing project financials. While at Air Reps he was responsible for managing over $10 million worth of revenue per year with a compound annual growth rate of 36%.
Mel Clauson has over 10 years of experience in sales and marketing roles in composites and over 30 years of experience in advanced manufacturing. Mel comes to Vartega as former VP of business development for Albany Engineered Composites. He has extensive experience selling materials and structures in the composites industry. Mel is networking with his existing relationships to identify appropriate programs for our forecasted supply.
Sean Kline has start-up experience and leads technical hardware development for Vartega. He brings with him nearly 10 years of experience in the oil and gas processing industry. Sean has designed and applied relevant hardware solutions for high pressure gas and liquid applications. He has previous start-up experience working for Sundrop Fuels and has successfully commissioned their development processing equipment under a demanding timeline.
Jordan Harris is serving as a Senior Process Engineer for Vartega. Jordan has a B.S. in chemical engineering from Michigan State University. He previously served as an R&D engineer for InfiChem Polymers which chemically recycled polyurethanes for the automotive industry. His previous chemical recycling and process scale-up experience will add value to Vartega’s continued process development.
Mike Shaffron has prior experience as Senior Process Engineer and Chief Engineer for an oil & gas engineering, procurement, and construction firm. In these roles, Mike has been responsible for overseeing process design as well as air, water, and waste environmental compliance and permitting. Mike is also a registered Professional Engineer.