About Us

MTI Drones is a Authorized DJI Enterprise Dealer and Certified DJI Repair Center.

Mechanical Testing, Inc. (MTI) was founded in 1967. Originally a Test and Balance firm serving the Construction Industry, the company has now branched out to provide a diverse field of services.  One of those services is now the Distribution of DJI UAV’s.

DJI is the world leader in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle manufacturing and applications. Mechanical Testing, Inc also uses DJI products when we provide drone services like Surveys, Investigation and Inspections, Job Safety and Pre-task Hazard Planning, Building Envelope Testing, Facade Inspections, as well as many other services that use Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

MTI uses FLIR XT2 Thermal Cameras, as well as, 30 times zoom cameras for information gathering when you employ us on your work sites.  Our results are reliable and worthwhile to the owner right on thru the construction or maintenance team. MTI will provide you with 4k video and images so that you can see in real time the results of the data gathering.

Allow Mechanical Testing, Inc. to get you the data needed to get the results you want for your next project!  Proudly serving Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Saratoga, New York State and throughout the United States!

Reach out to us at sales@mtidrones.com

Staff info

Eileen Venn - CEO and President

Eileen is a graduate of SUNY Albany with a BS in Business.  She has a strong skill set in managing, product, inventory, sales and distribution of items from her background in beer distribution.  Since becoming the owner of MTI, Eileen has brought the company to the front of the industry by bringing the company into the digital age.  Prior to Eileen MTI did about $1.2 million in sales annually and now with the changes Eileen has made has more than doubled the annual sales of the company.  Eileen instituted a paperless reporting system that allows MTI to turn a job report around for our customers in as little as 24 hours, something that previously took weeks to deliver. She knows that in order to grow and remain competitive technology and adjusting to the needs of our changing ecosystem are necessary to grow and develop. In a short decade the company has flourished under Eileen’s watchful eye, with great things to come on the horizon! eileenv@mechtest.com is Eileen’s direct email is you want to get in touch with her.

Brian Venn - Vice President

Brian has worked at Mechanical Testing since 1998.  Brian has been certified as a Test and Balance Engineer by AABC since 2008 and is a Certified Commissioning Authority thru ACG.  Customer Service is the gold standard that has given Mechanical Testing its great reputation and Brian is in charge of all customer concerns. Making sure the owner is satisfied with their new UAV Department is Brian’s chief goal. If you have questions about an upcoming project email Brian at brianv@mechtest.com

Joseph Scaperrotta - UAV Operations Manager

Joseph is a Certified Part 107 Pilot, DJI Enterprise repair technician and thermographer. He is an experienced UAV Pilot and has flown in a number of applications, with experience in the construction, public safety, energy and network security industry.  Strong operations professional with a Bachelor of Science focused in Informatics, Concentrated in Cyber Security from the University at Albany. Skilled in Project Management, Computer Repair, Front End Development, Sales and Databases.  Joseph is your main point of contact for all UAV application questions and solutions. Reach me at Joseph@mtidrones.com

Chris Rudolph – UAV Specialist

Chris joined the MTI Drones team with an extensive background in public service. Chris was previously in the fire service and has provided over 18 years of service in local law enforcement. He currently serves as Patrol Sergeant for one of our local law enforcement agencies. Additionally, he is a member of that agency's UAS Unit, overseeing day to day UAS operations, training, and maintenance. Chris utilizes UAS on a regular basis for patrol, special operations, collision and crime scene reconstruction, and water rescue. Chris is an FAA certified Part 107 Pilot and FAA certified Private Pilot with over three decades of experience in manned and unmanned flight. At MTI Drones, Chris operates our repair center, instructs new and experienced pilots, and pilots our aircraft on types of missions. Reach me at chrisr@mtidrones.com

Chris Rudolph

Suzanne Sonpon - UAV Repair Technician

Suzanne Sonpon is a recent graduate of the University at Albany. She received her Bachelors of Science in Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity with a concentration in Cybersecurity & Criminal Justice and a minor in Africana Studies. While at the University she interned in the Makerspace and Drone Lab for three semesters, competed in the Cyber 9/12 competition in NYC and worked as a Microsoft Support Technician. Reach me at Suzannes@mtidrones.com

Don Schmidt - UAV Repair Technician

Don is a drone enthusiast.  He has previously served as an intern for the University at Albany's Drone and Makerspace Lab and has worked in the field of Information Technology.  Donald has a Bahelor of Science/Arts in Emergency Prepardness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity concentrated in Cybersecurity and Criminial Justice.  Reach me at Dons@mtidrones.com 

Christian Commanda - UAV Engineer Intern

Christian is a Junior at Clarkson University studying Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. He is a qualified drone repair technician, as well as, an FAA part 107 pilot. Christian is part of the MTI Drones Repair team and RnD team with the primary goal of designing and innovating new technology to better the drone industry. When he’s not working for MTI Drones he enjoys spending his time in his personal manufacturing shop designing and building his own creations. In the future he hopes to have his own military technology manufacturing company.  Reach me at Christianc@mtidrones.com

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