In 2005 and 2007 whiz kid Chris Urmson was involved in the Darpa autonomous challenge with the Carnegie Mellon University, first as a student, next as a faculty member. The most significant challenger was Stanford University, led by Sebastian Thrun.
Urmson has gone from science projects, such as the gravitational pull of a ball-bearing, to working on some of the most progressive robotic vehicles, always on the forefront of technology. I have followed him through his career, interviewing him and his Father since 2005. It wasn’t hard to see that he would be one of the names of our time, and he has proven that correct, even though he didn’t want to admit it in 2007.