CHALLENGE 3

Managers Support Employee Development

Some of the most talented minds in robotics worked at the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). In 2015 some of NREC’s best and brightest employees started leaving. In the beginning it was only a few software developers, but then entire teams left. Eventually the center’s director left.

Soon, many of the scientists that were working on vehicle autonomy, including developers, grants specialists, and commercialization specialists, were gone. Intellectual property was streaming out the door. Where was it going? Well, not far. It seems that Uber, the ride-sharing start-up company, had moved into a renovated building that at one time housed a chocolate ...

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