Jay Mehta, Mehta Family Foundation director, was awarded the Entrepreneur Innovation Award from the University of Houston’s Cullen College of Engineering. Here he discusses his views and ideas at the time of the award.
Jay Mehta (BSME ’83) is a graduate of the University of Houston with a degree in mechanical engineering. He also has a Master of Business Administration from Rice University.
After graduating from the Cullen College, Mehta began his career in the oil and gas service industry and founded Case Services. Under his leadership, Case Services became an industry leader in the petroleum production and automation sector. Today, the company’s products monitor the operation of the majority of producing onshore oil wells in the United States. Case Services was acquired by Weatherford International and Mehta subsequently served as product line vice president for four years.
As a director of the Mehta Family Foundation, Mehta oversees the Foundation’s giving in the areas of education and healthcare in Houston and India. In Houston, the foundation supports Depelchin, Ronald McDonald House, Bo’s Place, Methodist Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Kinkaid School, among others. The Foundation also supports several educational organizations in India, such as the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) system and Manav Sadhna, a Mahatama Gandhi Ashram institution in Ahmadabad, India. The Manav Sadhna institute addresses the educational, spiritual, lodging and boarding needs of orphaned and underprivileged children in the surrounding communities.
Mehta also serves on the Engineering Leadership Board at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering and on the Board of the Kinkaid School. In addition to his work with the foundation, you may find him teaching Sunday school at the Jain Center of Houston. There, he is the founder of and teacher for an adult Jain educational program.
Mehta lives in Houston with his wife, Mamta, and two daughters, Jinal and Jeel.