Why I Work at Shield AI
Written by Kyle Carbon, Lead Planning and Controls Engineer
The day’s over already? Seriously, where’d the day go? Hold up — it’s Friday?
Each day, the arrival of the day’s end surprises me. Time passes quickly at Shield AI. I love working here for many reasons, and here I wanted to share a few of my favourites.
Mission & values that motivate
We weave Shield AI’s mission, to protect service members and innocent civilians with artificially intelligent systems, into everything that we do. For every design decision, for every interview of a potential team member we conduct, everyone thinks first and foremost about our mission and how to accomplish it the right way.
Challenged to grow and learn
In such a short period of time, I learnt so much about how to be a better engineer — and a better person. My colleagues constantly push me to grow and improve. As a result, I have learnt so much about adaptive controls and optimisation techniques, better coding practices and effective tools, and how to work more effectively as a teammate.
My teammates also helped me dare to tackle new adventures, the latest of which is hip-hop dance! That is definitely not something I would’ve had the courage to try alone, but now I’ve not only tried it, I’ve built some awesome friendships along the way (unless they post the first session’s video to YouTube, that is).
State-of-the-art technology across disciplines, from conception to production
I work on the cutting edge of a whole variety of technologies, from high-level autonomous decision-making to modelling and working with low-level motor commands. I interact with our Chief Scientific Officer Nathan Michael, a CMU robotics professor and thought-leader on autonomous systems, just about every day, and I constantly review the latest literature to see what could push us forward even further. Some days I work out mathematical proofs on stability, while other days I design experiments to help evaluate our overall system reliability as we prepare to deliver our next product.
Maintain your (healthy) lifestyle
I work hard at Shield AI, as does our whole team, but I still manage to maintain a healthy lifestyle, at my own pace. Shield AI makes this possible by trusting our talented team to complete its work and deliver results.. I love fitness and have a workout schedule I prefer (Shield AI makes it easy for me to eat healthily <3). I also have two amazing, high-energy dogs (pictured below!) who I walk each day at lunch.
When I first interviewed at Shield AI 18 months ago, I sensed an energy about and a passion for the mission from everyone. To this day, I feel that same excitement and sense of focused purpose daily. I’m excited to continue learning, to develop even stronger friendships, and to make a real difference.