Ellen R. Mell

Ellen Mell is an experienced senior executive with over 20 years of startup and business ownership experience.  She joined Nidus Partners in 2012 to work specifically with portfolio company AeroValve LLC as VP of Technology and Business Development.

Operating Experience

Ellen brings significant manufacturing expertise in the fields of custom automation machinery, robotic integrations, injection molding, and cast metals.  She has served as sole Managing Member of Custom Technologies LLC for over fifteen years, and has been active in all areas of the business which have included producing custom robotic machinery, injection molds, foundry tooling, molded components, and product design and manufacturability assessments for select clients.

Ellen has served as a business consultant and senior executive for several companies in a variety of industries both in and out of the manufacturing sector, including foundries, real estate development, and food service.  With CAMTech, Inc., a provider of custom robotic machinery, Ellen initially started as a financial process consultant and later assumed the role of CFO.

Ellen holds a B.S. in Physics from Missouri University of Science & Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla), an M.S. in Experimental Physics from Cornell University, and an M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis.  She is currently completing requirements for her J.D. degree from Washington University in St. Louis (anticipated for 2014).