Austin Russell

Austin Russell serves as Senior Advisor to COVA Acquisition Corp. and is founder, president and CEO of Luminar, which went public via its business combination with a SPAC in December 2020. Mr. Russell began his career in the industry at age 11 by building prototype supercomputers and optoelectronic systems with real-world applications in mind. He wrote his first patent application at 12, and over the next four years worked on a host of photonics and imaging related technologies before he later became an independent researcher at the Beckman Laser Institute. After being recruited to Stanford for Applied Physics, he was awarded the Thiel Fellowship at 17 to pursue Luminar full-time with a vision to develop a new kind of sensing technology to make autonomous vehicles both safe and ubiquitous.