Dr. Scaringe founded Rivian out of a passion to develop and produce ultra-efficient yet fun-to-drive vehicles. Rivian is reinventing the way cars are developed, manufactured and distributed enabling the elimination of many of the typical compromises found in today’s vehicles. The company’s proprietary vehicle platform enables ultra-high efficiency, class leading safety and an exhilarating driving experience while remaining affordable. After graduating as the number one ranked student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Scaringe continued his studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), earning both his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Automotive Powertrain Systems, Lean Manufacturing and Operations Management. His past research has included collaboration with a number of major manufacturers. Dr. Scaringe has extensively researched or worked with all aspects of the automotive industry and has a deep knowledge of the operations, manufacturing and engineering aspects of the industry.