Ashima Devices, a company known for its breakthrough research in advanced autonomous aerial vehicles, will be moving its headquarters and opening a research, testing and assembly facility in Reno, Nevada. This relocation is expected to bring up to 400 quality jobs to the area.
"Nevada's can-do attitude combined with a willing and ready workforce of educated, quality people who are interested in being part of the unmanned aerial vehicle revolution made it a perfect place to expand, " Ashima Devices Vice President, Larry B. Lambert said. The company credited Governor Sandoval's Office of Economic Development and the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada with persuading the firm to move to The Silver State.
Chief Executive Officer, Mark Richardson, a former Cal-Tech professor who also currently serves as a Co-investigator on the Mars Science Laboratory Rover program said, "We're excited to be opening this new facility in Reno and in working with the University of Nevada collaboratively on upcoming projects that will help students hone their skills in conjunction with Ashima Devices and better prepare them for their entry into occupational fields focused on advanced robotics systems and control, computing sensing and communication systems and in the burgeoning field of UAV's.
"What an exciting day for Northern Nevada", said, Mike Kazmierski, CEO of The Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada. "Ashima Devices is a great company that has tremendous potential and their decision to grow in Nevada is a testament to the many advantages this region has for the rapidly growing autonomous systems industry. Nevada's selection as one of just six FAA UAV test sites nationally has stimulated interest in the state and we believe that Ashima Devices is just the start of that industry growth in the region," he said.
Ashima Devices began its corporate life in 2011 as a merging of NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory Scientists, professors from the California Institute of Technology, military special forces officers and law enforcement personnel, who focused on robust, affordable, autonomous, short-range, unmanned small aerial vehicles.