Friday, November 25, 2022

Immigrant of the Day: Paul Eremenko (Ukraine)

Department of Defense, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Paul Eremenko was 13 when his family moved to the U.S. from the Ukraine. His dad, Alexandre Eremenko, came to teach university-level mathematics.

(Paul) Eremenko has had a fascinating career as an innovator. He worked for several years with DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), the coolest branch of the U.S. Department of Defense that is dedicated to developing technologies for use by the U.S. military. He also worked for Motorola, Google, Airbus Group (CTO -- Chief Technology Officer), and United Technologies (CTO).

What's most fascinating to me, however, and why I'm highlighting Eremenko today, is his founding of a new company in 2020: Universal Hydrogen. The company's goal is to create "a pragmatic, near-term approach to making hydrogen commercial flight a reality." Why hydrogen? The idea is to "decarbonize aviation and put the industry on a trajectory to meet Paris Agreement obligations."

Eremenko spoke about his work on the How I Built This podcast as well as the Everything Hydrogen podcast.


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