William Grand

Director of mobile R+D • MIT, Harvard • W3, Davey, Webby awards • GPS, sensor, motion technologies


About

My first word was "tricity" (electricity). I am the son of two mathematicians and technology is in my bones. After acquiring a degree from MIT in Mechanical Engineering, and a degree in Engineering Sciences from Harvard, I pursued a career in robotics. But, early on, I was inspired by a colleague who engineered his robots in such a way that would captivate one's imagination through a beautiful cross-section of design and technology. So, I made a pivot, and pursued a career in software where I could code and bring to life the imaginations of brilliant designers, and launched and ran Grand Interactive for 8 years, which created highly technical, but delightful apps. Today, I am a Director of R+D on a Digital team, to engineer the next generation of technologies for smartphone telematics that measure driver behavior and risk for insurance companies. I love math, I love design, I love putting "goodness" into technology.



Experience

Digital Tech Development Director • Mobile app R+D for next-generation telematics

Octo Telematics

Greater Boston

March 2020 – Present

Digital Tech Development Director • Mobile app development for product

Octo Telematics

Greater Boston Area

August 2018 – February 2020

Senior Mobile Developer

Octo Telematics

Greater Boston Area

May 2016 – July 2018

Founder & CEO

Grand Interactive

Boston

January 2008 – May 2016

Interactive Developer

DesignBlox

Greater Boston Area

October 2006 – December 2007

Robotics Engineer

Boston Dynamics

Cambridge, MA

November 2005 – May 2006

Robotics Engineer

MIT Media Lab's Biomechatronics Group

Cambridge, MA

January 2005 – November 2005

Robotics Technician

Barrett Technology

Cambridge, MA

July 2004 – December 2004



Education

Mechanical Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

1999 2003

Engineering Sciences (conc: Bioengineering)

Harvard University

2003 2004



Volunteering

Sunday School Helper

CALVARY CHAPEL IN THE CITY

June 2020 – Present

Nursery Helper (0-3 yro)

CALVARY CHAPEL IN THE CITY

September 2018 – June 2020

Evangelism Leader and Trainer

CALVARY CHAPEL IN THE CITY

April 2008 – October 2017

Leader of the Sunday school children's evening program

CALVARY CHAPEL IN THE CITY

September 2015 – August 2017

Youth Group Leader

CALVARY CHAPEL IN THE CITY

January 2012 – June 2015



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