Segra Group co-founder Jeff Berger has an extensive
in the aerospace and
motorsport industries spanning twenty years. Jeff graduated from Penn
State University in 1984 with a Masters Degree in Mechanical
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
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.