Ever since I was a kid I loved making things, so I think that’s why I gravitated towards engineering. I became interested in autonomous vehicles because I wanted to work at AEye.
I came to AEye from a Tier 1, so I know what goes into developing an automotive grade sensor, and the AEye team is made up of people from all over the automotive industry that have great, diverse insight into how to bring a product to market.
I was part of the microprocessor design team at Intel in the early 2000s. For the second Grand Challenge, Stanford University teamed up with Intel and VW to build the winning car: Stanley. I got involved in the project and, ultimately, in AVs, because I felt that the Grand Challenge was cool and interesting, and a clever and effective way to develop AV technology.
Advanced ADAS solutions and, eventually, fully autonomous vehicles, will be the most important transportation technology innovation event in my lifetime – and I knew that I needed to be a part of it.
AEye has a perspective that we hope the industry will adopt more widely, which is to use biomimicry to focus energy on things that matter.
Autonomous vehicles will spark a radical shift in our society. Not only will it make safer and more efficient public transportation accessible to the masses, it will allow us to have the time to accomplish meaningful tasks which would otherwise be lost to a long commute. Engineers are the leaders in bringing about this societal change.
For the better part of 25 years, I have worked at the intersection of transportation and technology. Starting as a powertrain engineer at Ford Motor Company, and through executive tenures at Flexcar, Zipcar and Silvercar, I have seen the industry begin the most profound, tectonic shift in its 120 year history.
With over 15 years of experience in the automotive industry and another 12 years in technology, I’ve found that the development of autonomous vehicles is the perfect intersection of my experience and interests.
I was fortunate enough to work for Intel from the mid 70’s to the mid 90’s – and participated in the advent of desktop and mobile computing...we now have the advanced computing tools that allow companies to apply Artificial Intelligence (AI) within their decision making and take advantage of big data. These trends converge around the auto industry and its next inflection points — EVs and autonomy.
I was formerly the Vice President and General Manager of the Transportation Solutions Division at Intel. In that role, I had a front row seat as autonomous driving went from research to a race to commercialism.