Nima Keivan headshot

Tell us about your career path.

I started out studying mechanical and aerospace engineering. For my PhD, I switched to computer science to follow an interest in robotics and computer vision. Part way through that program, I was fortunate to start a robotics company (CANVAS Technology) with three amazing co-founders. That company was later acquired by Amazon, which is where I work today.

What moments in your career have been most exciting or defining?

The most defining moments have been that of adversity, where constraints and unfortunate circumstances have motivated creative problem-solving. I've been lucky to share these moments with an incredible team.

What is your biggest career or life lesson to date?

To be patient. Many of the best outcomes that I observed or were involved in had to be nurtured and carefully guided over long periods of time.

What do you expect or hope to see in the next 50 years of computer science?

I hope to see a new generation of more powerful tools, better equipped to deal with the increasingly complex and multi-disciplinary systems that will be developed.