"If you're kind, you're hardworking, and you're committed to doing a good job and high performance in your work, then you belong here at Shield AI.”
Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder
Ryan Tseng is Shield AI’s Co-Founder and CEO. Prior to founding Shield AI, Ryan founded and led a series of other successful technology companies, including WiPower, a wireless charging company that was acquired by Qualcomm. The technologies Ryan and... READ MORE
Chief Operating Officer, Co-Founder
Brandon Tseng is Shield AI’s Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to founding Shield AI, Brandon proudly served in the US Navy for seven years. As a Navy SEAL, he served two deployments to Afghanistan and one to the Pacific Theater. Previous... READ MORE
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
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
Chief People & Legal Officer
Scott Chaplin is Shield AI’s Chief People and Legal Officer, leading talent, HR and legal for the company. Scott has extensive experience in both advising multinational, publicly traded defense companies, from mid-cap to Fortune 500, on their busines... READ MORE
Vice President of Finance
Siva Vadivelu is Shield AI’s Vice President of Finance. Prior to joining Shield AI, Siva amassed more than a decade of experience in all functions of Corporate Finance at both Fortune 100 and High-Growth VC/PE-Backed SaaS Companies. He served as Seni... READ MORE
Vice President of Business Development
Andrew Dimitruk is Shield AI’s Vice President of Business Development. Prior to joining Shield AI, Andrew was a Consultant and Engagement Manager at McKinsey, serving both public and private sector clients, where he provided advisory services spannin... READ MORE
Vice President of Hardware Engineering
Gabe Mayo is Shield AI’s Vice President of Hardware Engineering. Prior to joining Shield AI, Gabe amassed more than two decades of technology industry expertise, leading companies that developed telecommunications systems, software applications, semi... READ MORE
Head of Communications
Adi Raval is Head of Communications at Shield AI. He has spent the past two decades serving as a senior spokesperson for C-Suite level officials, as a diplomat for the US Government, as the communications director for major White House initiatives, a... READ MORE
Head of Government Affairs
Chip Burkhalter is Shield AI’s Head of Government Affairs. Chip brings an extensive background in technology, national security, and advocacy. Chip has led government affairs efforts for multiple organizations, most recently leading Capitol Hill enga... READ MORE
Brian Losey is an Advisor of Shield AI. Brian collaboratively engages in shaping enterprise strategy, development, communications, and product/market alignment. Prior to joining the Shield AI team, Brian served as a senior leader in the Navy and the ... READ MORE
Vice President of Strategic Engagements
COL(R) Johnny Cochran is Shield AI’s Vice President of Strategic Engagements. Johnny is a visionary change agent with over 25 years of US Army service. Johnny’s extensive military career culminated in his role as the Director of the DoD Close Combat ... READ MORE
Artificial Intelligence Engineering
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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, Shobit earned his Masters in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied under Shield AI’s CTO Nathan Michael at the... READ MORE
Manager of AI Engineering
Sam Khalandovsky is a Manager of AI Engineering at Shield AI. He leads the Global Reasoning and Executive Planning team. Sam has experience in planning and control across a variety of platforms, particularly self-driving cars. Before joining Shield A... READ MORE
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
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
Staff UX Designer
Janet Hwu is Staff Designer on Shield AI's User Experience Design team. Janet has broad experience working in digital and physical experience design, with a background in the themed entertainment industry. Prior to joining Shield AI, Janet worked at ... READ MORE
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
Hardware & Platform Solutions Engineering
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
The Product Management team is focused on driving product development, service, and sustainment. The team is responsible for the development of program schedules and the establishment of product direction based upon considerations such as company vision, customer needs, market dynamics, and engineering capability. The team works to direct quick, efficient, and effective transition of engineering designs to production in order to deliver quality products which delight customers.
System Integration Verification and Validation
The System Integration Verification and Validation (SIVV) team manages Shield AI’s system-level integration, verification, and validation processes. The team owns the creation and execution of test plans which assess product performance in varying conditions, including those outside of the operational envelope of the product. The team seeks to provide Shield AI with complete understanding of the limits of our products and their larger subsystems.
Operations & Production
The Operations & Production team is focused on the manufacturing and assembly of all hardware associated with Shield AI’s products. The team continuously improves processes and methods to deliver products that delight customers. The team establishes process controls for building quality into Shield AI's products and resolves any quality issues that may arise through the application of root cause analysis and problem-solving tools.
Director of Product Management
Jim Carlson is the Director of Product Management at Shield AI. He focuses on aligning Shield AI's technical vision with user needs to deliver products that yield near-term and progressive operational impact. Prior to joining Shield AI, Jim served fo... READ MORE
Director of Product Development Engineering
Manas Menon is a Director of Product Development Engineering. He leads the System Integration Verification and Validation (SIVV) team. Prior to joining Shield AI, Manas ran an independent engineering consulting practice and served as the CTO of Gliss... READ MORE
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Shape technology’s future, create AI systems that protect lives today
Shield AI has assembled an exceptional group of talented individuals from across sectors. Together, we are committed to creating the defining AI products of tomorrow while helping protect lives today. Do you want to contribute to a mission that matters? View our available positions and apply to begin your career with Shield AI today.