Jeff Berger Professional Biography

 

 

Segra Group co-founder Jeff Berger has an extensive background in the aerospace and motorsport industries spanning twenty years.  Jeff graduated from Penn State University in 1984 with a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering.  Upon graduation, Jeff began his engineering career working for the Allison Gas Turbine Division of General Motors.  While at Allison, he worked as a structural engineer performing finite element analyses on various gas turbine components.  From there, he moved into the design department where worked on a wide variety of projects including advanced military engine technologies and the GMA3007 Turbofan.  While at Allison, he received patents for two of his design concepts.

 In 1993, Jeff left Allison to become the Technical Director at US Centrifuge.  In this position, Jeff was responsible for many activities including development of the product line, implementation of engineering procedures and specifications, preparation for ISO 9000 certification, coordination of service activities, technical sales support, and quality control.  Jeff also received numerous patents for the design work he did.  In addition, he was responsible for implementing cutting edge design and analysis software during his tenure in this position.

Jeff has always had an interest in racing, and in 1999, Jeff formed his own company, Fin-el, to pursue projects in this industry and continue to provide design and engineering services to US Centrifuge.  Fin-el is now a leading design and engineering firm in Indianapolis that focuses on providing services to the motorsports industry and is a cornerstone of the Segra Group.  FABCAR Engineering, Riley & Scott Racecar Engineering, Beast Enterprises, Kenny Brown Performance, Greenfield Industries, Pratt & Miller, CEGWA Sports, and Kelley Racing are just some of the clients Fin-el has served over the years.

2002 was a high water mark for Jeff as he was contracted by FABCAR to help develop their new Daytona Prototype racecar, the FDSC/03.  In addition to managing the overall design process, Jeff was responsible for the overall body design, chassis design, structural assessment of components, and overall design integration.  The FDSC/03 went on to win the Grand American Daytona Constructors' Championship in 2003.

In addition to his professional endeavors in racing, Jeff has been actively involved in Kart racing for twenty years winning championships in both the sprint and enduro divisions.  Currently, he is crew chief for his son Sam in both karts and quarter midgets.