Sara Blackmer

RAVE Computer


Sara is the President of RAVE Computer – a Michigan based small business that designs and integrates advanced performance computing systems. For the Unmanned Systems community, RAVE is a technology enabler that delivers purpose-built hardware solutions critical to big data storage, management, and processing needs which includes advanced data analytics, artificial intelligence, and deep learning.

Prior to this, Sara was the Director of Government Markets for Pratt & Miller Engineering where she led business strategy development and execution in defense and other federal markets. Sara grew government direct business from $0 to more than $10M revenue in three years, earning the largest PME non-motorsports contract. Sara developed a new market segment for PME in robotics, and grew this segment from $0 to $2.5M revenue in less than two years. Previously in her career, she was the Director of Defense Development for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and an Associate for Booz Allen Hamilton.

Sara has served 18 years in the United States Air Force as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer, and currently serves in the United States Air Force Reserves as the liaison officer to the Michigan Civil Air Patrol. Sara is also certified in defense acquisition logistics and test and evaluation through the Defense Acquisition University.

Sara earned a BSE Cum Laude in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan, an MBA and an MS in Global Supply Chain Management from Indiana University. She earned her Project Management Professional Certification in 2009.

Sara is married and a mother of three children. In her very limited free time, she enjoys reading.


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