About Monolith

We empower engineers to use AI to solve even their most intractable physics problems.

Our Vision: By 2026, we will empower 100,000 visionary engineers to use AI to cut their product development cycle in half.​

Our Story: Monolith was founded in 2016 by Dr. Richard Ahlfeld, born from his PhD at Imperial College London and NASA. Boosted by joining the FoundersFactory 6-month Accelerator Programme in January 2018, he built a diverse team of engineers, data scientists, and software developers to achieve his company vision. Supported by an international commercial and consultant experience, our team is the heart of Monolith.

The Monolith leadership team

Richard Ahlfeld, CEO, Monolith AI

Dr. Richard Ahlfeld


Richard is the founder of Monolith, born out of his research work at Imperial which involved engagements with the most demanding engineering companies. He received the 2016 award for the greatest contribution to the University by a PhD student.

Saravanan Sathyanandha, CTO, Monolith AI

Saravanan Sathyanandha


Sara is your classic wunderkind programmer. An international chess and maths champion as a kid, he has become a highly skilled software engineer, delivering projects for Palantir Technologies. Before that he co-founded JobMine, an iOS based recruitment marketplace.

Rebecca Geier


Rebecca is leading Monolith's marketing efforts while helping to drive success across the business at scale. She brings decades of global B2B business, sales and marketing experience and her teams have won numerous business and industry awards. She is a board advisor, speaker, author and university marketing instructor.

Dr. Joel Henry

Principal Engineer

Joel is our Principal Engineer and has worked with the majority of our clients to create lasting value for them. He has won the Imperial College Award for the best PhD thesis and has previously worked on improving test and simulation methods in the aerospace industry.

Isabel Ashworth

Customer Success Manager

Isabel leads the Customer Success team who are responsible for ensuring that customers achieve value and are empowered to use Monolith's platform. Isabel has 6 years experience in computational fluid dynamics previously working in Climate Systems at Jaguar Land Rover and was awarded the TechWomen100 Award in 2019.

Peter Wooldridge

Head of Data Science

Peter leads the Data Science team at Monolith. He has over 12 years experience leading tech teams in the development of disruptive AI products at companies such as IBM, Elsevier and Experian.

Melissa Ranger

People & Culture Manager

Melissa is Monolith's token Kiwi. She leads on everything people, talent and culture. Melissa has worked in multiple startups, helping them scale and increase employee engagement. She is passionate about D&I, mental health and of course dogs.

Our core values

Working at Monolith: Our company culture

We are passionate, engaging, and collaborative. Our culture combines academic and product-focused environments, achieving a supportive balance of structure and flexibility that empowers us to do our best work.

We are genuine; we bring our true selves to work and celebrate those little quirks that make us different.

We have a culture of learning: we encourage new ideas, out-of-the-box thinkers, and risk-takers.

We are all human and sometimes we make mistakes; but we brush ourselves off and try again. Our culture encourages freedom, flexibility, and creativity.

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