Our Team

Bhavana Rakesh

Co-Founder and CEO

Ms. Bhavana Rakesh serves as Axiom’s Chief Executive Officer. She has a valuable blend of strategic vision, a big-picture perspective, analytical expertise, and commitment to achieving objectives. Ms. Rakesh has built a customer-first approach and inspires employees to improve services to the customer continuously. Bhavana brings close to 20 years of experience in the Federal Government Sector in technical innovation and program management support. Under her leadership, Axiom has expanded its client base while maintaining a focus on customer satisfaction and employee welfare.

Bhavana has a Bachelors of Science in Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering. She is an alumnus of George Washington University with an M.S. in Information Systems.

Rakesh Peter

Co-Founder and COO

Mr. Rakesh Peter serves as Axiom’s Chief Operating Officer, focused on  project delivery and operations covering Civilian and DoD programs. Rakesh brings over 24 years of experience in the Commercial and Federal Government Sectors in large scale program delivery and operations. Before co-founding Axiom, Rakesh served in various key project leadership roles. Customers supported include State of Kentucky, startups in the Silicon Valley, Carefirst BlueCross BlueShield, Department of Commerce (DOC), Department of Navy and various non-profit organizations. Rakesh has helped implement the “quality is key” core value by heading the quality assurance and customer relations program at Axiom. He has helped Axiom achieve CMMI Level 3 for Development and Services in addition to ISO 9001: 2015 certifications.  

Rakesh received his Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from India and Masters in Business Administration from the University of Arizona. He holds professional certifications as a Project Management Project Professional (PMP) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM).

Sheema Lett

VP of Science and Engineering

As Vice President of Science and Engineering at Axiom, Ms. Sheema Lett is responsible for overseeing and expanding Axiom’s work with the NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP); and standing up Axiom’s Health IT division in Atlanta. She has more than 18 years of operational meteorology as a USAF weather forecaster, and program management managing over $50M programs annually. Her experience in strategic planning for the Air Force’s weather satellite programs and supporting NWS’ modeling and research initiatives allows for an intimate understanding of the science needs of our government clients.

Sheema brings a “lead from the rear” approach that fosters creativity, innovation, and increased productivity from our diverse pool of Axiom staff who possess top notch skillsets most desirable for the science and technology industry. She is also a strong advocate of Axiom’s customer-centric culture and values satisfaction of our people.

Sheema is Project Management Professional (PMP) certified, holds an MBA, and a B.S. from Temple University.

Dave McCarren

Dave McCarren

VP of Growth - DoD

Dave comes to us after many  years in Federal Service –  most recently as the Chief Scientist for the Oceanographer of the Navy.  He brings a strong background in Earth Systems Prediction, science and METOC applications and in DoD and other agencies with a strong understanding of needs and operations.  While in that role he acted as the Federal Coordinator for Meteorology , detailed to NOAA for 8 months to support that office.   Prior to that he was at the University of Delaware as the Executive Officer of the College of Marine Studies and the Delaware Biotechnology Institute.   Prior to Delaware he had 20 years in Uniform as a METOC officer for the Navy.


Dave has a M.S in Physical Oceanography and Meteorology from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a BS in Geological Sciences from The Pennsylvania State University.