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Altaeros spun out of MIT in 2010 to develop the world’s first autonomous aerostat platform for the telecom and renewable energy sectors. After initially focusing on harnessing high altitude wind energy using its innovative aerial platform, Altaeros pivoted in 2015 to focus on a better solution to provide modern, high-speed connectivity to un-served and under-served rural communities. Altaeros’ lead investor, SoftBank, has a global portfolio of broadband, telecom and wireless service solutions.

Altaeros is partnering with carriers and other telecom stakeholders in North America to deploy the first SuperTower based networks. From there Altaeros plans on expanding to meet the global demand for rural connectivity solutions.

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Leadership Team


Ben Glass

Ben Glass – CEO/CTO & Founder

Ben is leading the Altaeros team on its journey to bring modern infrastructure to the billions of un-served and under-served people around the world. He is driven by a belief that business and technical innovation are the key to creating positive, scalable impact. At Altaeros, Ben is responsible for setting the company’s strategic vision and keeping the whole team moving towards that vision, as well as providing operational direction for the company. Ben originally developed the idea for Altaeros while researching compact, efficient turbomachinery as part of the MIT Gas Turbine Lab. After developing the initial prototypes, Ben co-founded Altaeros in 2010. He holds a BS and MS in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from MIT.


Adam Rein

Adam Rein – Chairman/Founder

Adam has an extensive background in finance and the business of clean technology and infrastructure. In 2010 he and Ben co-founded Altaeros. Altaeros became a founding member company of Greentown labs, the largest cleantech incubator in the U.S., where Adam currently serves on the board of directors. In 2013, Adam joined as a Managing Director at MissionPoint Partners, which works with families and institutions to invest in high growth companies in the energy, food, water, and waste sectors. Adam is also a co-founder at CapShift, an impact investing platform, and previously held positions at Bain & Company and the World Economic Forum. Adam holds a BA from Yale University, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School and an MBA from MIT Sloan.


Joseph Ryan

Joseph Ryan – VP of Business Development, General Counsel

Joe joined Altaeros in September 2017. Joe has an extensive background in communications infrastructure having held positions at American Tower, Comcast and Tower Ventures. He now leads business development at Altaeros, where he is working with customers, partners and internal teams to deploy the first commercial telecommunications aerostat. Joe holds a Bachelors degree in Government from Boston College and Doctorate of Law from New England School of Law.


Sheri Palazzo

Sheri Palazzo – VP of Engineering

Sheri joined Altaeros in January 2016 excited to jump into the start-up world. Sheri brings over twenty years of successful product development and engineering leadership experience having previously worked at GE, Bose and Hewlett-Packard. She now leads the research and development of Altaeros' technology, pushing the engineering team towards commercialization. Sheri holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University and Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University.


"This material is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under Agreement No. 2012-33610-20169 of the Small Business Innovation Research Grants Program; and by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1248528."