About Alex


The last year has seen Alexander Harmsen go from being the first programmer at Matternet, Silicon Valley’s medical drone package delivery start-up, to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in Los Angeles. He is very interested in intersections between drones, autonomous vehicles and real applications that will affect billions of people. Very excited about new opportunities incorporating new technology into global health, he has started the UBC Unmanned Aircraft Systems engineering team and was the president of the UBC Chapter of Engineers Without Borders. From being involved in UBC’s Satellite Design team to earning his pilot license, Alexander Harmsen is someone who doesn’t like to let chances pass him by. In an attempt to escape the craziness of this Western life he spent 5 months living and studying in New Delhi, India, and knows that we still have a lot to learn. He is now CEO and Co-Founder of Iris Automation, creating computer vision collision avoidance systems for industrial drones. He has ambitions for creating big changes in the world and is always excited about meeting new people with fresh ideas!

2 Fun Facts: Alex got his pilot license before he could drive a car, and has been to the most northern island of Canada.

 

Company I’m running now:

Iris Automation – http://www.irisautomation.ca/

 

Links of Projects I have been involved with:

UBC Unmanned Aircraft Systems – www.ubcuas.com

Arctic Expedition – http://candac.ca/candac/Outreach/NEP/index.html

DRDC Valcartier – http://www.valcartier.drdc-rddc.gc.ca/

LinkedIn Page – http://www.linkedin.com/in/alexanderharmsen

UBC Orbit Satellite Design Team – http://ubcorbit.com/home

 

Online articles:

http://www.northumberlandtoday.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2799314

http://www.candac.ca/candac/Outreach/NEP/studentbio.html

http://www.loranaward.ca/uploaded_files/2010-Loran-scholars.pdf

http://www.northumberlandtoday.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?archive=true&e=2476105

http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?archive=true&e=1660520

http://www.northumberlandnews.com/article/128610

http://www.readingandremembrance.ca/forms/RR2009/LESSONCharacterEducation.pdf

http://www.macleans.ca/education/canadas-drone-industry-its-just-getting-off-the-ground/