Chief Executive Officer and Chairman
Mr. Urmson is a co-founder of Aurora and has served as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors at Aurora since its formation in 2017. Prior to founding Aurora, Mr. Urmson helped build Google's self-driving program from 2009 to 2016 and served as Chief Technology Officer of the group. Mr. Urmson has over 15 years of experience leading automated vehicle programs. He was the Director of Technology for Carnegie Mellon's DARPA Grand and Urban Challenge Teams, which placed second and third in 2005, and first in 2007. Mr. Urmson earned his Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and his BEng in Computer Engineering from the University of Manitoba. Mr. Urmson currently serves on Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science Dean's Advisory Board. Mr. Urmson also currently serves on the board of directors for Edge Case Research, a company working to assure the safety of autonomous systems for real world deployment. Additionally, he is on the Veoneer Technical Advisory Board, and the Shell New Energies External Advisory Board. Mr. Urmson has authored over 50 publications and is a prolific inventor.
Chief Product Officer and Director
Mr. Anderson is a co-founder of Aurora and has served as Chief Product Officer and a director of Aurora since its formation in 2017. Mr. Anderson has spent over 12 years leading advanced vehicle programs. Prior to founding Aurora, Mr. Anderson led the design, development, and launch of the award-winning Tesla Model X, and led the team that delivered Tesla Autopilot. In the late 2000s, he developed MIT's Intelligent Co-Pilot, a shared autonomy framework that paved the way for broad advances in cooperative control of human-machine systems. Mr. Anderson holds multiple patents and over a dozen publications in autonomous vehicle systems, and an MS and PhD from MIT.
James Andrew Bagnell
Mr. Bagnell is a co-founder of Aurora and is currently Chief Scientist. Mr. Bagnell served as Chief Technical Officer of Aurora from December 2016 until July 2020 and has led software engineering throughout much of Aurora's history. He also currently serves as a Consulting Professor at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute and Machine Learning (ML) Department. He has worked over two decades at the intersection of ML and robotics in industrial and academic roles. His research group has received over a dozen research awards for publications in both the robotics and ML communities including best paper awards at the International Conference on Machine Learning, Robotics Science and System, and Neural Information Processing Systems. Mr. Bagnell received the 2016 Ryan Award, Carnegie Mellon's yearly award for Meritorious Teaching, and was founding director of the Robotics Institute Summer Scholars program, a research experience that has enabled hundreds of undergraduates throughout the world to leap into robotics research. Before co-founding Aurora, Mr. Bagnell served as the Head of Perception and Autonomy Architect at Uber's Advanced Technology Group from January 2015 to December 2016 and as a professor at Carnegie Mellon from 2004-2018. He holds a Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida.
Ms. Fisher has served as President at Aurora since February 2023. She brings more than 20 years of leadership experience, spanning strategy, operations, and business functions across a wide variety of technology organizations. Ms. Fisher joined Aurora from Istation, where she served as president and chief operating officer from 2019 to 2022 and oversaw a number of the company’s functions including engineering, product, sales, marketing and customer success. Prior to this, Ms. Fisher held other leadership roles at the e-learning platform, including two years as chief marketing officer, before expanding her role and responsibilities. Ms. Fisher’s previous roles include serving as a senior vice president of strategy and analytics at Match Group and being named a partner at Bain & Company where she was a leader in the technology, media and telecom practice. She also serves on the board of directors for Instructure, an edtech company serving over 30 million users, and Hometown Ticketing, a digital ticketing company designed for use in K-12 institutions. She holds a bachelor’s in economics from Yale University, an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a master’s in education from Stanford Graduate School of Education.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Maday has served as Aurora's Chief Financial Officer since June 2023. Prior, he was the Senior Vice President of Business Development and Product Strategy since August 2021, and Vice President of Business Development and Product Strategy from September 2020. Before joining the Company, Mr. Maday held various senior leadership positions at General Motors Company (“GM”), including within the Corporate Development and Global M&A team as Vice President from September 2019 to September 2020, and as Executive Director from January 2016 to September 2019. With GM for more than 20 years, Mr. Maday also held multiple financial, product strategy, and operational positions, including as Executive Director of Global Product Programs Finance, and Director of Portfolio Analysis & Advanced Propulsion Finance.
General Counsel & Secretary
Mr. Shenai has served as General Counsel of Aurora since June 2022. Mr. Shenai has more than 15 years of experience as a practicing attorney, including over half of that in automotive and autonomous vehicle technology. Mr. Shenai is also an autonomous vehicle industry thought leader and teaches at the University of Pennsylvania on the law of autonomous vehicles. Over the last eight years, Mr. Shenai has led some of the most formative and transformative corporate and commercial transactions within the autonomous vehicle industry. Prior to joining Aurora in August of 2020, Mr. Shenai held legal leadership positions at Waymo and at Jaguar Land Rover. Mr. Shenai began his career in private practice as a commercial litigator at Clark Hill PLC and Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel in Philadelphia. During law school, Mr. Shenai clerked for Judge Peter W. Hall in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Shenai received his JD from Vanderbilt University and his BA from the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Shenai also holds a M.Litt from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.