Leadership Team

Neya Systems is fortunate to have a strong leadership team consisting of experts in robotics and unmanned systems.

Parag Batavia, Ph.D., MBA
Founder and President

Parag founded Neya Systems in 2009. Prior to starting Neya, Parag was the Director of Projects and Operations at Applied Perception, Inc. (API), and managed API’s integration into Foster-Miller/QinetiQ-North America after API’s acquisition in 2007. Parag is on the Board of the Robotics Technology Consortium and is heavily involved in unmanned systems standards development. He also serves on the Executive Committees of both SAE AS/4 (JAUS) and the UAS Control Segment Architecture Working Group.

Parag holds a Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, an MBA from Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business, and a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California.

Mark Ollis, Ph.D.
Director of Research and Development

Mark has over 20 years of experience leading a variety of computer vision, automated sensing, and robotics technology projects. He received the Allen Newell medal for research excellence in August 1997, and is listed as inventor or co-inventor on nine patents in the area of UGV autonomy and navigation. Prior to joining Neya Systems, Mark served as the Director of Image and Video Understanding at SAIC, managing a group of approximately twenty scientists and engineers. He has served as principal investigator on a number of research programs, including DARPA PCAS (Persistent Close Air Support) and DARPA LAGR (Learning for Autonomous Ground Robotics).

Mark holds a Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Computer Science from Cornell University.

Brian Stancil
Director of Robotics

Brian has spent the last decade developing autonomous capability for a wide range of unmanned ground vehicles from man-transportable systems to large multiple-ton platforms. His technical focus is on integrated robotic systems including real-time sensor processing, mobility planning and control. Prior to joining Neya, Brian served as a project manager at QinetiQ North America where he lead the development of automated capability for several of the military’s fielded robotic EOD platforms including QinetiQ’s DragonRunner, TALON, and MAARS unmanned systems. He has led research programs from a wide range of agencies in the Department of Defense including DARPA, TARDEC, TATRC, SPAWAR, NAVEODTECHDIV and U.S. SOCOM.

Brian holds an MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Computer Science from Virginia Tech.

Carl P. Evans III, JD, MBA
Director of Commercialization and Legal Counsel

Carl has over a decade of experience with robotic systems. His areas of technical expertise include electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and software development, with a focus on embedded systems. Carl’s past engineering positions include Principal Engineer at Applied Perception, Inc., Senior Robotics Software Engineer at QinetiQ North America, and Design Engineer at Foster-Miller, Inc. Carl also served as founding chair of the JAUS/SAE Avionic Systems Division’s Unmanned Systems Committee task group focused on developing a geospatial data-sharing standard for unmanned systems. Prior to joining Neya Systems, Carl was an intellectual property attorney at Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP in Chicago. Carl is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Pennsylvania and before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. In addition, Carl is a registered patent attorney, licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Carl holds a JD from the Northwestern University School of Law, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, an MS in Mechanical Engineering (Robotics) from the University of Florida, and a BS in Electromechanical Engineering from the Wentworth Institute of Technology.