Vai graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2011 with a degree in Systems Engineering Management and was commissioned as an Acquisitions Officer. He first served in the Defense Weather Systems Directorate at the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) at Los Angeles Air Force Base followed by an assignment as a staff officer / aide to the SMC Commander. He served his final two years as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer at Holloman Air Force Base, NM.
After earning his MBA, Vai joined Morgan Stanley’s investment banking division in San Francisco and currently works in business development at Shield AI in San Diego. He holds an MS in Engineering Management from Oklahoma State University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.