Zohaib Mian Head of Systems Engineering Alphabet/Loon
AIAA SciTech Forum 2021
Dr. Zohaib Mian is the Head of Systems Engineering and a Technical Program Manager at Loon (an Alphabet company). Dr. Mian’s recognized expertise lies in system-of-systems architectural design of advanced aircraft, autonomous systems, airspace traffic management, machine intelligence, and multi-disciplinary stochastic design methodologies. Previously, Dr. Mian was a senior autonomous systems architect at Bosch, spearheading systems design efforts for the joint Bosch-Mercedes autonomous vehicles project. Prior to that, Dr. Mian was a staff research engineer and technical project lead for Autonomous and Intelligent Systems and Human Centered Robotics initiatives at United Technologies Research Center, where he led research into collaborative autonomy, mission/path-planning, GPS-denied navigation, and development of advanced and intelligent robotic platforms. Dr. Mian was also the principal architect and manager for UTRC’s autonomy experimentation and test laboratories. He also designed the purpose-built advanced autonomy and flight-testing lab at UTRC. Dr. Mian has also led the research as co-PI on Army Research Laboratory – Vehicle Technology Directorate’s Micro Autonomous Systems and Technologies (MAST) project at Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory (ASDL), Georgia Tech.
Dr. Mian received a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering, with a minor in Manufacturing Engineering, from Middle East Technical University in Turkey, and M.S. and PhD degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech. Dr. Mian is an active private pilot, an avid mixed martial artist, and enjoys designing, building, and racing cars.