Leadership Team

The 1factory team brings many years of hands-on experience in Manufacturing, Quality Control, Supply Chain, and Enterprise Software. We have experienced first-hand the complexities of manufacturing quality control and supply chain quality control for complex product manufacturing. We observed that most manufacturers lacked tools for routine quality control tasks. Where tools were present, they were unfortunately far too difficult for factory employees to use, and were viewed as a burden. So we set out to build simple powerful quality control software.


Nipun Girotra, CEO

Nipun Girotra is currently CEO of 1factory. Prior to founding 1factory, Nipun managed business unit operations at Novellus Systems, Inc. Nipun's previous career experiences include multiple roles in manufacturing and operations management at Novellus Systems and Applied Materials. Nipun holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Masters degree in Industrial Engineering, and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


Oleg Nickolayev, CTO

Oleg Nickolayev is currently Chief Technology Officer at 1factory. Oleg is a technical expert and entrepreneur with extensive experience in all tiers of web application development, complex data integration, and big data analytics. Prior to joining 1factory, Oleg worked for various companies including Oracle Corporation and Elementum SCM. Oleg holds an MS in Engineering from Dartmouth, and an MS in Computer Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


John Flaig, Ph.D., Analytics Advisor

John J. Flaig, Ph.D. is a Fellow of the American Society for Quality (ASQ). He is Chair of the ASQ’s Statistics and Reliability group and was previously Program Chair for the ASQ's Annual Quality Conference. His industry experience spans more than forty years, and includes roles at Apple, Applied Materials, and Hewlett-Packard. Dr. Flaig has published over twenty peer reviewed research papers in areas such as process capability analysis, adaptive control charts, factor effects analysis, optimal resource allocation, and supplier management.

Dr. Flaig was formerly a member of the Editorial Board of Quality Engineering, a journal of the ASQ. He holds a doctorate in engineering and technology management from California Southern University, a master's degree in mathematics from the University of California, and a bachelor's degree majoring in mathematics and economics from California State Polytechnic University. Dr. Flaig received the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award from Cal Poly's College of Science.