Professional Experience

February 2016 – Present
X (formerly Google[x]), Project Wing
Guidance, Navigation, and Control Engineer

January 2009 – January 2016
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Research Facility
School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia
Graduate Research Assistant (Advisor: Dr. Eric N. Johnson)

Studied unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) obstacle field guidance algorithms for single- and multi-vehicle systems, and guidance/motion planning for unmanned helicopter slung-load operations. Responsible for the GTMax unmanned helicopter’s onboard computers and the research lab’s source code repository. Served as part of the essential flight crew (observer) for the GTMax.


  • Developed and flight tested a practical potential-field-based planning algorithm, including a new extension that enables nap-of-the-earth flight.
  • Developed a novel computational approach to plan aircraft speed along an arbitrarily curving path within mission and aircraft constraints.
  • Developed an optimization-based planning algorithm which used sinusoidal basis functions to reduce the dimension of the solution space, enabling very fast and efficient onboard computation.
  • Developed a multi-aircraft area mapping and search guidance algorithm and data sharing architecture.
  • Developed modifications to an air transport simulation to support research for the NextGen air traffic control system.

July 2009 – May 2012
4th Battalion, 413th Regiment (Senior ROTC), US Army Reserve
Atlanta, Georgia
Assistant Professor of Military Science
Adjunct faculty with responsibility to educate, train, mentor, and counsel second-year ROTC cadets at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Responsible for developing and presenting quality classroom instruction and training during field exercises. Assisted in the development and execution of the battalion’s training program. Advised the Professor of Military Science on matters of the US Army Reserve.

April 2006 – December 2008
Engineer Company, 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, US Army
Fort Stewart, Georgia and Baghdad, Iraq
Company Commander
Supervisor for a combat engineer company of 80 soldiers. Responsible for planning, directing, and supervising military operations designed to defeat improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in western Baghdad. Responsible for the health, welfare, administration, training, and leadership of soldiers and their families. Responsible for accountability, safe operation, and maintenance of over 37 military vehicles and pieces of equipment with a value in excess of $16 million.

July 2004 – April 2006
Headquarters, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, US Army
Fort Stewart, Georgia and Baghdad, Iraq
Assistant Brigade Engineer
Coordinating staff officer for a 4000-soldier brigade. Prior to deployment to Iraq, responsible for advising the Brigade Commander on the effects of terrain, civil infrastructure, and explosive hazards upon military operations. Responsible for coordinating combat engineer training and troop construction. During deployment to Iraq, also responsible for the coordination and restoration of essential services, including sewer, water, electricity, and trash collection for eastern Baghdad. Supervised three junior officers coordinating 550 projects valued over $850 million. Supervised two contract Arabic linguists. Directly coordinated 80 reconstruction projects valued at over $220 million. Served as cash pay agent for $2.6 million of non-appropriated project funds.

March 2004 – June 2004
Headquarters, 10th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, US Army
Fort Stewart, Georgia and Baghdad, Iraq
Assistant Operations Officer
Coordinating staff officer for a 300-soldier battalion, responsible for coordinating daily operations training, and preparing short and long-range training plans.

October 2002 – July 2003
Civic Action Team Kosrae, 84th Engineer Battalion, US Army
State of Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia and Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
Civic Action Team Commander
Supervisor for a team of 13 soldiers deployed to the island of Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia. Directly responsible for the leadership, training, and welfare of 13 soldiers including carpentry/masonry specialists, heavy equipment operators, construction equipment mechanics, supply clerk, and a physician’s assistant. Responsible for the maintenance and accountability of 18 pieces of equipment and over 200 miscellaneous end items. Represented the US government and military as the senior US government official on island.

January 2002 – October 2002
B Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, US Army
Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
Company Executive Officer
Assisted in the supervision of a company of 150 soldiers and vehicles and equipment worth in excess of $6.5 million. Responsible for planning and coordinating company operations, training, maintenance, supply, deployment activities, and troop construction projects. Supervised the company in the absence of the company commander.

January 2001 – January 2002
B Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, US Army
Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
General Construction Platoon Leader
Supervisor for a platoon consisting of 43 soldiers and equipment worth in excess of $1 million. Responsible for preparing platoon to deploy worldwide in support of military operations. Daily duties included planning individual and collective training, managing troop construction projects, accounting for government property, conducting quality control and safety inspections of troop construction projects, managing maintenance activities, processing administrative actions, and counseling soldiers for professional development purposes.

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