Eric was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. He studied Cultural Anthropology and Primatology at the University of Utah. Before transitioning to a career in Software Engineering, Eric held positions as an Archaeologist, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon, West Africa. In Cameroon, Eric taught computer science and web development, and helped students build a software startup. After returning from Cameroon, Eric attended CMU, where he earned a Masters in Information Systems Management. At CMU, Eric worked closely with Ali and Nate on the BeckonBot drone project. Prior to joining Shield AI, Eric worked at Facebook as a Production Engineer, in Operating System Provisioning and Messenger Infrastructure Storage. For fun, Eric likes to travel/explore, read, work out, play board games, and eat good food.