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“You learn so much by just osmosis alone that if you want to develop your personal skills — you want to work on something that is truly meaningful and impactful, this is really the place to be.” 

Connie Sun

Manager of AI Engineering

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Shield AI: Engineering

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Here at Shield AI, we are a team of mission-driven dreamers, cutting-edge creators, and championed leaders. Join our world class team of engineers and shape the future of artificial intelligence and autonomy. 

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Artificial Intelligence Engineering

Nathan Michael
Nathan Michael
Chief Technology Officer

Nathan Michael is Shield AI's Chief Technology Officer and an Associate Research Professor in the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). At CMU, Professor Michael is the Director of the Resilient Intelligent Systems Lab, a research l...  READ MORE

Andrew Reiter
Andrew Reiter
Co-Founder, Technical Fellow

Andrew Reiter is Shield AI’s Co-Founder and Technical Fellow. Prior to founding Shield AI, Andrew led the development and deployment of one of Draper Lab's most successful visual-inertial guidance systems that is now widely deployed on programs of cr...  READ MORE

Pete Lommel
Pete Lommel
Technical Architect

Pete Lommel is the Hivemind Edge Technical Architect at Shield AI. He has over two decades of experience in planning, navigation and mapping. Including designing efficient algorithms for state-representation and mapping, to enable the creation of com...  READ MORE

Chris Barngrover
Chris Barngrover
Director of AI Engineering

Chris Barngrover is a Director of AI Engineering at Shield AI. He is the Technical Lead of the Hivemind AI research group, previously leading the Scene Understanding, Scalable Learning, and AI Foundations teams. Prior to joining Shield AI, Chris was ...  READ MORE

Tim Ramsay
Tim Ramsay
Director of AI Engineering

Tim Ramsay is Director of AI Engineering at Shield AI. He leads the Simulation team. His team's mission is to build a platform that can use multiple game and rendering engines to simulate Shield AI robots flying in virtual environments. Tim's backgro...  READ MORE

Blythe Towal
Blythe Towal
Senior Manager of AI Engineering

Blythe Towal is a Senior Manager of AI Engineering at Shield AI. She leads the Scene Understanding team, which develops and deploys algorithms to add contextual awareness for the user and the robot so they can make informed decisions about their futu...  READ MORE

Kyle Carbon
Kyle Carbon
Senior Staff AI Engineer

Kyle Carbon is a Senior Staff AI Engineer at Shield AI. He is the Technical Lead for Hivemind Edge business unit, previously leading the Trajectory Planning and Control team. Prior to joining Shield AI, Kyle designed and implemented control laws for ...  READ MORE

Adam Dorwart
Adam Dorwart
Manager of AI Engineering

Adam Dorwart is a Manager of AI Engineering at Shield AI. He leads the Scalable Learning team, which develops data pipelines critical to data analysis and machine learning. Prior to joining Shield AI, Adam developed autonomous systems at Brain Corpor...  READ MORE

Shobhit Srivastava
Shobhit Srivastava
Manager of AI Engineering

Shobhit Srivastava is a Manager of AI Engineering at Shield AI. He leads the Mapping team. Prior to joining Shield AI, Shobhit earned his Masters in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied under Shield AI’s CTO Nathan Michael at th...  READ MORE

Connie Sun
Connie Sun
Manager of AI Engineering

Connie Sun is a Manager of AI Engineering at Shield AI. She leads the Trajectory Planning and Control team. Prior to joining Shield AI, Connie worked on guidance and control for fixed wing UAVs at Northrop Grumman Corporation and thrust vector contro...  READ MORE

Amin Rahimi
Amin Rahimi
Senior Staff AI Engineer

Amin Rahimi is a Senior Staff AI Engineer at Shield AI. He is currently part of the State Estimation team, having previously transitioned from the Scene Understanding team. Amin comes to Shield AI with over a decade of experience working in the robot...  READ MORE

Vibhav Ganesh
Vibhav Ganesh
Senior AI Engineer

Vibhav Ganesh is a Senior AI Engineer. He is the product owner for Shield AI’s State Estimation. Prior to joining Shield AI, Vib earned his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and his Masters in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, where he st...  READ MORE

AI Foundations

The AI Foundations team is focused on enabling model-based systems engineering for edge-level artificial intelligence through scalable architectural design. The team works to enhance reliability of autonomy at the edge and to develop foundations around configuration, communication, and platform abstraction for the portability of our company's AI capabilities across computational platforms.

Scene Understanding

The Scene Understanding team is focused on leveraging machine learning approaches for adding contextual information to the world model that is generated by our autonomous systems. The team develops multi-modal detection and localization of large sets of high-value objects and classification of environment contexts to inform executive planning and to improve user experience.

Scalable Learning

The Scalable Learning team is focused on the creation of data pipelines for data transformations and processing. They are responsible for providing applications on Shield AI's Hivemind platform that enable Shield AI's other AI teams to better execute their charters using data analysis, learning, and experimentation.

Global Reasoning & Executive Planning

The Global Reasoning and Executive Planning team is focused on developing, maintaining and implementing robust autonomous behaviors and executive planning architecture on Shield AI's robot systems. The team seeks to enhance user experience through reduced user cognitive load by developing robotic systems which reliably execute complex missions, autonomously selecting and executing the optimal task sequence to achieve mission objectives.

Trajectory Planning & Control

The Trajectory Planning and Control team is focused on developing and maintaining a robust, high-performance trajectory generation and management system to enable safe, predictable, robust, and fast flight in complex environments. The team researches, develops, matures and applies state-of-the-art algorithms, processes, and tools to support the development of best-in-class planning and control solutions.

State Estimation

The State Estimation team is focused on creating fast, efficient, maintainable, robust, precise, and accurate state-estimation systems. The team aims to develop state estimation systems that continually self-improve using collected field data. They work closely with teams across Shield AI to collaboratively solve cross-disciplinary problems such as connected systems design, including sensors selection and placement.

Mapping

The Mapping team is focused on the development of a scalable, precise underlying environment model. Their product is the environment representation that enables applications such as motion planning, scene understanding, and user-experience. Additionally, the team develops probabilistic sensor models for simulation and exploitation, as well as strategies for preprocessing raw sensor data to make it more amenable for downstream use.

Simulation

The Simulation team is responsible for the creation of realistic synthetic environments. The simulated environments the team builds and generates are used to train and test robotic systems to reduce the time and cost of real world testing. The Simulation team enables our company’s AI engineers to simulate flights in synthetic environments, generate training data for training robots, and detect bugs before they reach real flight testing.

User Experience Design

The User Experience Design team is focused on designing and enhancing the user experience of all products and solutions. The team designs user interfaces and interactions, and identifies opportunities for human-robot collaboration that enhance AI capabilities and guide next generation hardware development.

Software Engineering

Mike Fourie
Mike Fourie
Director of Enterprise Engineering Services

Mike Fourie is a Director of Engineering at Shield AI. He leads Shield AI’s Enterprise Engineering Services Business Unit, covering IT, OpSec and Core Engineering Services. Mike has over two decades of experience building teams and delivering automat...  READ MORE

Rommel Pesigan
Rommel Pesigan
Senior Manager of Software Engineering

Rommel Pesigan is a Senior Manager of Software Engineering at Shield AI, where he leads the Android team. He has nearly two decades of software development and engineering experience, having spent the last 7 years focused on mobile application develo...  READ MORE

Kenny Yokoyama
Kenny Yokoyama
Manager of Software Engineering

Kenny Yokoyama is a Manager of Software Engineering at Shield AI. He has over a decade of experience in Linux administration. Kenny also has hands-on system integration software development experience spanning from embedded systems to cloud infrastru...  READ MORE

Jeff Kody
Jeff Kody
Manager of Software Engineering

Jeff Kody is a Manager of Software Engineering at Shield AI. Jeff comes to Shield AI with over a decade of experience in web development and agile team management. Prior to joining Shield AI, Jeff worked with Renovate America, a tech-enabled financin...  READ MORE

Core Engineering Services & IT

The Core Engineering Services (CES) & IT team is dedicated to providing reliable core infrastructure for innovation and improving the efficiency of Shield AI teams. The team develops and implements engineering procedures, systems, services and software that provides the underlying foundation to drive all Shield AI successfully forward.

Security

The Operational Security team performs a variety of functions to ensure that Shield AI's employees and products are safe, secure and protected. The team is focused on developing processes and procedures which ensure data, infrastructure and endpoint protection, and maintaining industry best practices. The team frequently collaborates across the Shield AI organization to advise on how to securely implement capabilities.

Web & Data

The Web & Data team is focused on building and maintaining frameworks for data collection, analysis and visualization, including the maintenance and support of cloud infrastructure. Through infrastructure which capitalizes upon Shield AI’s artificially intelligent products’ self-directed learning, the team improves Shield AI product performance and reliability.

Mobile Software

The Mobile team creates mobile applications aimed at delivering a simple, intuitive, and reliable interface between human operators and AI-powered robotic platforms. It is responsible for Nova Controller, the mobile application that communicates real-time data to the user and allows for command and control of Nova. The team's focus is on building solutions that provide visibility and mission-critical information to service members.

Hardware & Platform Solutions Engineering

Christian Wester
Christian Wester
Director of Platform Solutions Engineering

Christian Wester is a Director of Platform Solutions Engineering at Shield AI. He leads the Mechanical Engineering team. Christian has a broad range of experience designing and developing consumer products for a number of different industries. He beg...  READ MORE

Mark White
Mark White
Director of Electrical Engineering

Mark White is a Director of Electrical Engineering at Shield AI. He has extensive product design experience with specific expertise in circuit design, board layout, radio desense mitigation, and EMI compliance. Prior to joining Shield AI, Mark led ha...  READ MORE

Scott Hollwedel
Scott Hollwedel
Senior Manager Embedded Platform Software

Scott Hollwedel is a Senior Manager Embedded Platform Software at Shield AI. He has over a decade of experience which has allowed him to develop deep expertise in all aspects of video streaming, RF, firmware, embedded Linux, microcontrollers, network...  READ MORE

Platform & Systems Software

The Platform & Systems Software team designs and implements high-performance software solutions that support Shield AI’s technology. The team is focused on creating, maintaining, and improving the firmware, kernel and system software used by Shield AI’s products and solutions.

Mechanical Engineering

The Mechanical Engineering team is focused on the design, integration and application of parts, mechanisms, materials, technologies and processes to realize the creation of Shield AI’s robotic systems. The team is also responsible for thermal engineering and aerodynamics. The team evaluates process technologies, design, and production methodologies to ensure fast, efficient, and effective execution of programs.

Electrical Engineering

The Electrical Engineering team designs, integrates, and sustains the electronic systems for all Shield AI products, including the computing, communication, sensing, power, and propulsion systems.