SANJEEV SHARMA-TECHNOLOGY PIONEER
Muse Science Magazine for Kids|May/June 2020
High-speed railroad cars, rockets, and now drones—what will mechanical engineer Sanjeev Sharma do next? Sharma is currently head of vehicle engineering at Matternet, a drone company in Mountain View, California. Whatever lies ahead, he’ll probably be at the forefront of new technologies that serve others.
Peg Lopata

“The common thread through all my career has been focused on technologies that help improve lives for a wide swath of people. I believe that is ultimately the wider purpose of engineering,” says Sharma. So it’s not surprising that Sharma is involved in the emerging technology of a new transportation mode: autonomous flying robots or drones. He also likes being a technology pioneer. “I like to work on things that haven’t existed before. Full autonomous drones in our urban airspaces are just the kind of change I’d like to work for,” says Sharma.

YOU’VE WORKED ON MANY NEW TECHNOLOGIES. TELL US ABOUT SOME OF THEM.

Before joining Matternet, I worked with Elon Musk at his company called SpaceX, working on the reusable rocket. Before that I worked in design of high-speed railroad cars for Indian Rail in India, where I’m from.

SOUNDS LIKE ADVANCED TRANSPORTATION IS YOUR SPECIALTY. HOW DID ROCKET ENGINEERING LEAD YOU INTO DRONES?

During my work at SpaceX, I learned a lot about aerodynamics and the design of reliable, fully autonomous flying vehicles—drones. Drones, like self-driving cars, will open up a new world. I grew intrigued by this possibility and was excited to join Matternet in 2018, as they are pioneers in this emerging technology.

WHAT ARE DOING NOW AT MATTERNET?

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM MUSE SCIENCE MAGAZINE FOR KIDSView All

ELEMENTARY, MY DEAR MENDELEEV

Sometimes how you organize things makes all the difference.

3 mins read
Muse Science Magazine for Kids
April 2022

DON'T FEAR THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE

"I don't know where we are...both my compasses are out." This was one of the last radio messages that US Navy Lt. Charles C. Taylor ever sent. He had been out on a routine training mission with his students, flying in a group of five planes over the ocean off the Eastern coast of Florida on December 5, 1945. They never returned. No trace of the men or any of their planes was ever found.

4 mins read
Muse Science Magazine for Kids
April 2022

FROM THE BUREAU OF LOST FACTS AND MISPLACED EXAM ANSWERS

Try these memory methods, and you'll never forget a faćt again! a

4 mins read
Muse Science Magazine for Kids
April 2022

Laser Beams Discover a Lost World

A POWERFUL NEW ARCHAEOLOGY TOOL REVEALS COUNTLESS MAYA STRUCTURES.

6 mins read
Muse Science Magazine for Kids
April 2022

From the PLEISTOCENE

The lost world of mammoths, saber-toothed cats, and dire wolves

5 mins read
Muse Science Magazine for Kids
April 2022

ROBIN TINGHITELLA

EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGIST

6 mins read
Muse Science Magazine for Kids
April 2022

THE SEARCH FOR LOST SPECIES

EVEN SPECIES LOST FOR DECADES CAN BE FOUND AGAIN.

4 mins read
Muse Science Magazine for Kids
April 2022

LOST EVERY DAY

A medical condition leads some people to get lost every day of their lives.

5 mins read
Muse Science Magazine for Kids
April 2022

UNFORGETTABLE

EMOTIONS PLAY A BIG ROLE IN WHAT WE REMEMBER

4 mins read
Muse Science Magazine for Kids
April 2022

When the Sahara Was a Seaway

HOW SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE EXPOSED THE WATERY PAST OF THE DRIEST PLACE ON EARTH.

6 mins read
Muse Science Magazine for Kids
April 2022
RELATED STORIES

What Elon Wants...

The world's richest man spent $44 billion on Twitter but says he doesn't "care about the economics at all"

6 mins read
Bloomberg Businessweek
May 02, 2022

SPACEX LAUNCHES 4 ASTRONAUTS FOR NASA AFTER PRIVATE FLIGHT

SpaceX launched four astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA on Wednesday, less than two days after completing a flight chartered by millionaires.

3 mins read
AppleMagazine
April 29, 2022

Starship

Full steam ahead for space domination - Part 2

5 mins read
AppleMagazine
February 18, 2022

BILLIONAIRE WHO FLEW SPACEX LAST YEAR GOING BACK INTO ORBIT

The billionaire who launched on his own SpaceX flight last year is headed back up, aiming for an even higher orbit and the chance to take part in a spacewalk.

2 mins read
AppleMagazine
February 18, 2022

SPACEX SATELLITES FALLING OUT OF ORBIT AFTER SOLAR STORM

SpaceX’s newest fleet of satellites is tumbling out of orbit after being struck by a solar storm.

1 min read
AppleMagazine
February 18, 2022

MUSK HELPING RESTORE TONGAN INTERNET; VIRUS OUTBREAK GROWING

Entrepreneur Elon Musk is helping reconnect Tonga to the internet after a volcanic eruption and tsunami cut off the South Pacific nation more than three weeks ago, according to officials, while repairs on an undersea cable are proving more difficult than first thought.

4 mins read
Techlife News
February 12, 2022

SpaceX Ruling the future of the space industry - Part 1

There’s no denying that SpaceX has revolutionized the space sector, transforming the way we think about interplanetary spaceflight and the future of humankind. With SpaceX Starship scheduled for its first full-stack flight in late February, it’s time to review the phenomenal progress it’s made so far, and see where it’s headed next.

6 mins read
AppleMagazine
February 11, 2022

TIME MAGAZINE'S “PERSON OF THE YEAR” IS ELON MUSK

Calling him a “clown, genius, edgelord, visionary, industrialist, showman,” Time magazine has named Tesla CEO Elon Musk as its Person of the Year for 2021.

2 mins read
AppleMagazine
December 17, 2021

MUSIC OF THE SPHERES

Astronaut Chris Sembroski took a Martin ukulele to space and discovered the joy of making music in microgravity.

9 mins read
Guitar Player
Holiday 2021

SPACEX'S MUSK: 1ST STARSHIP TEST FLIGHT TO ORBIT IN JANUARY

SpaceX founder Elon Musk said that his company will attempt to launch its futuristic, bullet-shaped Starship to orbit in January, but he’s not betting on success for that first test flight.

2 mins read
Techlife News
20, November 2021