Meet Veer Nairyani, our industrious highflier from our Systems Engineering team.
At the heart of Aurora’s technology and mission are the individuals behind it. In our series, Aurora Voices, we share the unique voices and stories of the people of Aurora, celebrating our backgrounds as well as personal and professional experiences.
Veer Nairyani is a Systems Engineer at Aurora. He works closely with different engineering teams and stakeholders to organize the technical efforts that bring the Aurora Driver to life. He is involved in the Driver’s design, development, implementation, testing, and deployment processes. Outside of work, Veer’s interests and talents are just as expansive: from desert camping to riding waves to astronomy.
Read on to learn about Veer’s multidisciplinary role building the Aurora Driver and how he’s constantly shooting for the moon.
Tell us about your path that led you to Aurora.
Veer: My introduction to Aurora was rather serendipitous. I had the pleasure of hearing Chris Urmson speak during an autonomous vehicles panel at CES (Consumer Electronics Show). I was particularly impressed by Chris’ clarity when answering tough questions and his ability to articulate the nuances of the unique strategies and common challenges in the AV industry. While I hadn’t actively been thinking about changing jobs, Chris’ deep understanding of the space convinced me to reach out to the team.
I’ve also had positive experiences in the past with some of the other leaders of Aurora. It was evident that Aurora’s leaders had a clear vision for the company, coupled with tremendous experience in the industry. I thrive in environments where I get to work on complex problems alongside an extremely competent team, and this was exactly what Aurora offered.
What sparked your interest in systems engineering and autonomous vehicles?
Veer: I chose to pursue systems engineering after college because it afforded broad exposure to various engineering disciplines. Systems engineers are specialized generalists who work closely with subject-matter experts. I jokingly say that as a systems engineer, I know a little bit about everything and everything about nothing. I was excited to pursue a role that serves to bridge the gap between different types of engineering, emphasizes the ability to grasp the big picture, and translates product ideas into system-level engineering designs.
As to why autonomous vehicles — another appeal of systems engineering is the opportunity to work on extremely intricate problems. Systems engineers typically exist at companies of large scale and/or companies working on complex products. In my opinion, developing and delivering self-driving technology is one of the most complex technical problems outside of aerospace. (Full disclosure, I’m fascinated by all things space-related.)