My name is Kelly Gottlib. I’ve worked in software engineering since graduating with my bachelor’s in 2002.
After graduation, I worked on critical-care ventilators, where I first developed my appreciation for working on safety/mission-critical systems. Following that experience, I spent some time working on attitude control systems for commercial satellites, nourishing my love of aerospace while working on my master’s degree in computational engineering at Stanford University. For the last 6 years, I’ve been privileged to work in alignment with my passion for environmental sustainability as a firmware engineer on the powertrain team at Tesla Motors. To date, this has been the most challenging and satisfying job of my career. I’ve expanded my awareness of what I can do as an individual, and more importantly, what we can do collectively when we join forces toward a common mission. I’m continually humbled by the caliber of the people that I get to work with and learn from in this position, not only by their technological brilliance and their dedication to the broader mission, but also by their kindness as human beings.
In my spare time, I love traveling, which expands my perception of the world and of my place in it. I love music. I think it’s one of the most powerful forces on the planet. I love singing and I’ve recently started learning guitar. I’m excited to participate in the Qian Zheng Memorial Scholarship program. I’m eager to learn as much from the scholars as I hope I can offer them in return.