Bryan Salesky, CEO
Bryan is passionate about incorporating promising robotics technology into products and systems that will improve safety and productivity while enhancing people’s lives. At Carnegie Mellon University National Robotics Engineering Center, Bryan managed a portfolio of the center’s largest commercial programs that included autonomous mining trucks for Caterpillar. In 2007, Bryan led software engineering for Tartan Racing, Carnegie Mellon’s winning entry in the DARPA Urban Challenge. Bryan departed CMU and joined the Google self-driving car team in 2011 to continue the push toward making self-driving cars a reality. While at Google, Bryan was director of hardware development, and was responsible for development and manufacture of Google’s portfolio of hardware, which included self-driving sensors, computers and several vehicle development programs. Bryan graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering in 2002.
Dr. Peter Rander, COO
Pete is a seasoned leader in the development of complex, autonomy-enabled systems, as well as the organizations that build those systems. Passionate to see robotics technology change the world, Pete has consistently pursued opportunities to help make that change happen, from working on a number of commercialization projects at the National Robotics Engineering Center at Carnegie Mellon University, to being part of the formative team that launched Uber’s self-driving car efforts. His core robotics work spans computer vision, perception, path planning and control, and simulation-based robotic system development and testing. He has also led numerous human-centric robotic interface programs that leverage underlying autonomy technologies to aid human operators at multiple levels of interaction. Pete holds a master’s degree (1993) and a Ph.D. (1998) in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and a bachelor’s degree (1991) in electrical engineering from University of Detroit-Mercy.
Dr. Brett Browning, VP Robotics
With nearly two decades in robotics, Brett has extensive experience architect-ing and developing robotics systems, with deep experience in every major subsystem relevant to a network of self-driving cars. While a senior faculty member at the Robotics Institute affiliated with Carnegie Mellon University National Robotics Engineering Center, Brett pursued field robotics research in defense, oil and gas, mining and automotive applications. He has extensive and progressive leadership experience, from small, specialized teams, up to his more recent role in leading and growing the mapping and localization team with Uber’s self-driving effort from its inception. He received his Ph.D. (2000) and bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and science (math) from the University of Queensland.
Daniel Beaven, CFO
Dan began his career working for early-stage high-tech companies in Boston before moving to Pittsburgh to earn an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University in 2003. He has helped to build a series of successful robotics companies, beginning with Redzone Robotics as vice president of operations and finance, then as part of a team that transformed the company from an unprofitable Department of Energy contractor to a viable field robotics service and product company. Dan led product development of a deep-tunnel pipe inspection system, built business application software, and oversaw sales, finance and MRP systems for the company. In 2010, Dan joined the founding executive team of Carnegie Robotics, a spinoff of Carnegie Mellon National Robotics Engineering Center, to commercialize field robotics technologies. As CFO, Dan helped bootstrap the company from its inception into a successful DCAA-compliant defense contractor building autonomous mine and IED detection and neutralization systems under prime contracts for the U.S. Army, as well as key components for Northrop Grumman, NIITEK and commercial customers. In January 2015, together with John Bares, CEO of Carnegie Robotics, Dan was recruited to form Uber Advanced Technologies Center as director of finance, financial planning and analysis, where he played an integral role in its foundation, management and rapid expansion.