Tyler is Founder and CEO of Apium, a Swarm Engineering firm in Southern California developing solutions for managing distributed robotic vehicle systems in the air and in the water. This business emerged naturally out of his long history at AeroVironment, Inc., a company founded by his father, Paul MacCready.
In the 80’s Tyler worked in the shop at AeroVironment on a variety of innovative vehicles including the human-powered Gossamer Condor aircraft, the Solar Challenger airplane, the SunRaycer solar car, and the QN flying pterodactyl replica.
Following a ten-year hiatus to study geology, Tyler returned to AeroVironment to work on a number of ocean-based initiatives including wave and current power conversion devices, submerged solar power, and aquatic vehicles. At Apium he continues this legacy, applying AeroVironment’s innovative design philosophy to deploying fleets of autonomous aquatic vehicles and applying simplifying principles to air traffic management.
PhD, Geology and Geophysics, 1998, Monash University, Australia.
MSc, Geology, 1993, University of Wyoming.
BA, Philosophy, 1984, Yale University.