Hi, I’m Alexander – rocket scientist turned artificial intelligence engineer1.

Why did I become an engineer? Because engineers advance technology and technology advances civilization. I focus in the areas of human-centric AI systems and probabilistic computation, mainly with scientific applications. (more on my Research page)

Brains ‘n bits

I’ve spent much of my career at the intersection of AI and neuroscience… I founded Latent Sciences to develop a patented AI platform (i.e. a probabilistic programming domain-specific language I built) for predictive and causal modeling neurodegenerative diseases, which was acquihired into a stealth enterprise AI company.

Prior to addressing neuro challenges with AI, I’ve spent much of my career going the other direction, aiming to derive the properties underlying intelligence towards building artificial general intelligence (with Vicarious and Numenta). (more on my Work page)

Space exploration

Prior to pursuing AI, I was a spacecraft engineer, working with NASA, Blue Origin, Astrobotic, and Technion. Much of my work was in robotics, space systems, simulation (e.g. spacecraft launch systems and the Hyperloop), and rocket propulsion.

Computational sciences and ML

I’m a Technical Lead with nasa.ai for various ML projects in climate science and astronaut health, and leading novel initiatives in Systems ML. Not to mention I’m a Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree in Science.

I studied computational mechanics and robotics at Carnegie Mellon (under advisors Red Whittaker and Kenji Shamada), engineering management at Duke University, and mechanical & aerospace engineering at Cornell.

And beyond…

Beyond AI R&D, I’m an advisor (for several VCs such as Germin8, various startups such as MobileODT, and NASA via the Frontier Development Lab), an angel investor (in deep tech with truly novel AI/data solutions), and ML+SW consultant –> lavin.io/consulting.

Away from the computer I’m a runner, yogi, outdoors explorer, and dog dad. My bookshelf ranges from Sean Carroll to DF Wallace to Richard Dawkins to Cixin Liu.

You can find some of my AI writing and rambling on Forbes and Twitter.


  1. See this writeup from Carnegie Mellon: “Launching A Path From Rocket Science to AI”. [return]