Rick Tewell is Chief Operating Officer at Velodyne Lidar, where he leads teams focused on developing the various automated manufacturing technologies used to produce world-class lidar sensors. These technologies range from automated test solutions and robotic material handling to fully robotic assembly stations.
Rick brings more than 30 years of embedded engineering and executive level engineering management experience to Velodyne. Over the last two decades, Rick has had a specific focus on automotive electronics as well as GPU/graphics pipeline technologies. He was one of the pioneers in early digital video, founding a company that developed the first IEEE-1394/Firewire software solution for Windows PCs, which allowed a wide range of digital video devices – digital cameras and camcorders – to be connected to PCs for photo and video editing.
In previous roles, Rick was Director of Engineering at Fujitsu Semiconductor, Engineering Manager for Tegra Automotive at NVIDIA, and responsible for worldwide software engineering for i.MX/Kinetis at Freescale/NXP, managing a large global team. Rick was most recently CTO at VeriSilicon, where he was responsible for worldwide ASIC system solutions.