Chief Executive Officer, President and Director
Mr. Urmson was 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 was 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
Chief Scientist and Director
Mr. Bagnell was 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.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Tame has served as Chief Financial Officer at Aurora since November 2021. Mr. Tame has more than 22 years of experience working in finance and public accounting. Prior to joining Aurora in June 2020 as Vice President of Finance, from April 2019 to June 2020, Mr. Tame was a Senior Director of Finance at Lyft. He was responsible for building and leading the team, providing financial support for Lyft's insurance, payments and cloud computing spend, its R&D departments and its self-driving business, Lyft Level 5. From May 2015 to April 2019, Mr. Tame was Global Head of Finance, Data Center Infrastructure, at Facebook, Inc., where he led finance for a complex, rapidly growing and capital-intensive business. Mr. Tame has also previously worked in finance roles at leading global technology and transportation companies – at Microsoft, Inc. from May 2014 to May 2015, Amazon.com, Inc. where he worked at AWS from October 2012 to May 2014, RBS Aviation Capital Ltd. in Dublin, Ireland from October 2010 to October 2011, American Beacon Advisors Inc. from April 2007 to May 2009, American Airlines, Inc. from October 2005 to April 2007, British Airways plc from November 2001 to May 2005, and Deloitte & Touche LLP from September 1998 to November 2001. From October 2011 to September 2012, Mr. Tame provided consulting services to aircraft leasing companies, airlines and their investors as an independent consultant. Hailing from England, Mr. Tame holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Statistics from Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK and is a UK Chartered Accountant (ACA) and Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA).
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.