Get to Know Aren


Engineers with Vision

THE Company

"We founded this company on the belief that applying emerging technology to civil engineering is the key to reducing infrastructure failure and optimizing capital allocation."

-- Dr. Ali Khaloo, Founder & CEO, Aren

Aren is a civil infrastructure SaaS company. After over a decade of research and development, Aren has created a patented SaaS platform for asset owners & engineering firms that brings together structural engineering, artificial intelligence, deep learning, and computer vision to make the world’s infrastructure safer and more affordable to maintain. Our toolset is source agnostic allowing users to more safely and affordably capture inspection data and it is designed to enable life-cycle infrastructure assessment through automated change detection and analysis.

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Who We Are


Ali Khaloo, Ph.D.

CEO & Founder

After completing his Ph.D., Ali was appointed as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University’s elite Runway program at the Cornell Tech campus in New York City where Aren was born. He has a unique background that includes over a decade of work and R&D in structural engineering, robotics, computer vision, autonomous sensing, data interpretation, and artificial intelligence.

He has authored more than 20 papers published in international high-impact journals and conference proceedings and holds several patents on automated generation and AI-powered analysis of 3D models of large civil infrastructure systems.

Edgar Martinez Ceja

COO & Founder

Edgar brings significant business, engineering, and startup expertise to his role at Aren. His prior roles include CEO at Niltsi (a pre-revenue startup in the wind energy space), as well as stints at Bain & Company, Fusion Media Group, and Univision. Over the course of his career, Edgar has been responsible for investing in, acquiring, and operating digital media businesses in the range of $100M in annual revenue, leading a digital vertical with $35M in annual revenue. He also co-founded a company that toured robotic educational exhibits throughout Latin America and Asia, exposing millions of kids to technology.

Edgar holds an MBA from NYU-Leonard N. Stern School of Business and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois.