Alumni Profiles

Pioneering New Automated Delivery Systems

AerNode, is a modular robotic micro-fulfillment center, or MFC

The pandemic and social distancing have necessitated new forms of contactless technology to the forefront of shipping, retail, business-to-business, and other sectors of the global economy. Aersys seeks to address this need by combining automated fulfillment systems with drones.

Vallab Nayak ENG’20 cofounded Aersys with fellow School of Engineering alumnus Hariharan Vijayakumar ENG’20 in 2018. Their flagship product, the AerNode, is a modular robotic micro-fulfillment center, or MFC, that enables the automation of inventory, product pickup and delivery, grab-and-go customer experiences, and more. The AerNode has allowed clients to comply with crucial safety regulations during the pandemic by transitioning to completely touchless interactions.

Watch this video to learn more about Aersys.

Video Transcript

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VALLAB NAYAK, AERSYS COFOUNDER AND CEO: At Aersys, we’re on a mission to provide the same level of automation for smaller businesses by, you know, creating a device in a modular form factor that was affordable, plug and play, you know very easy to integrate. Our focus is on giving businesses these automation solutions so they don’t have to manually do each step.

VALLAB NAYAK: At Rutgers we have a fantastic program and it’s called I-Corps. The program is designed to help either researchers at Rutgers or student startups kind of learn more about their customers and really get out of the lab and kind of validate some of their ideas.

HARI VIJAYAKUMAR, AERSYS COFOUNDER: The fact that Rutgers had all these organizations, they have hundreds of organizations, Rutgers wants you to explore beyond your boundaries, push you towards your boundaries, and so without that Vallab and I wouldn’t have met and this company wouldn’t exist.

VALLAB NAYAK: Rutgers has been outperforming you know other universities and entrepreneurship more and more and so it’s exciting to see new resources grow. More professors are being involved, the community is really building, and so that momentum has really started. And so I’m excited to see where that’s going to go next.