September 2 - 3, 2020


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Founder and CEO, STEER

Dr. Anuja Sonalker is the founder and CEO of STEER Tech, which develops secure self-driving car technologies. STEER is focused on building automated vehicle systems that will massively enable situationally aware, cyber robust automated driving applications. Dr. Sonalker brings together experience from both the automotive industry as well as the cyber security sector. Prior to STEER, Sonalker was V.P of Engineering and Operations for TowerSec, an automotive cyber security company that was acquired by Harman International in 2016. Prior to TowerSec, she headed the Automotive Security Group in the Cyber Innovation Unit at Battelle, where she lead advanced research in vehicular environments and transition to market strategies. During her career Dr. Sonalker has established collaborative research efforts and strategic partnerships, provided project management and helped set the strategic direction for the commercialization of technology. Dr. Sonalker is currently the Vice Chair of the SAE Vehicle Cybersecurity Systems Engineering Committee and Co-Chair of the ISO-SAE joint International standard on Automotive Cybersecurity Framework. Dr. Sonalker also serves on the Board of Directors of the Economic Development Authority of Howard County, Maryland having fiduciary and strategic oversight responsibilities. Dr. Sonalker is committed to developing our next generation workforce and mentors young women and high school children to pursue careers in engineering. She holds a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland College Park, a Master of Science in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University and a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Mumbai.