Head of Elevate, Uber
Breakout Session: How Resilient Brands are Approaching Acquisition and Retention of Customers
Eric is the Head of Aviation Programs at Uber, leading the Elevate initiative to re-imagine urban transportation through the air. Previously, Eric spent eight years at Zee Aero leading the development of the Cora vehicle, a two-place self-piloted air taxi. He was part of the founding team at Zee, and served as CEO from 2015 to 2018. Throughout this time, Eric has been at the forefront of aerospace research, development, and manufacturing advances in electric propulsion, energy storage, vehicle autonomy, and composite structures.
Eric received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University, studying under a Stanford Graduate Fellowship. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes including the Ballhaus prize for best Ph.D. Thesis and the grand prize at the Stanford BASES E-Challenge competition, and he currently serves on the NASA Advisory Council Aeronautics Committee. Eric lives with his wife and young daughter in Mountain View, CA and enjoys hiking and re-discovering the area through the eyes of his child.