Grant Erickson, ECE alumnus, is the CSE Commencement speaker for 2017. He is a principal engineer at Nest Labs where he oversees the technical development of platform software designed to support Bluetooth Low Energy, Thread, WiFi, and Weave. He played an active role in the formation of the Thread Group and Thread networking protocol, and is currently president of the Thread Group.
Grant earned his bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in 1996 and 1998 from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He led the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association for 16 years. He currently resides in Sunnyvale with his wife Jessica, daughter Grace, and golden doodle Charlie. Some of Grant’s other passions include architecture and design, playing the guitar, and travel.
In fall 2015, we had featured an interview with Grant on the challenges and opportunities of living in a connected world. You can read the interview “IoT: opportunities, concerns, and challenges” here.