David Hershey

I am an autonomy engineer.



June 2016 – September 2016

Flight Controls Intern


In the summer of 2016 I worked as a flight controls intern for Airware, working deeply with their internal simulation systems and flight software. I primarily developed in MATLAB and Simulink, completing work with agile development principles. I was given a lot of autonomy to make software design decisions, and developed multiple new systems for internal team use.

May 2015 – September 2015

Software Engineering Intern

Boeing Defense Systems

In the summer of 2015 I developed software for the operational flight trainer of a US Navy aircraft. I made a lasting impact on the team by developing test automation software in Python that expedited the process of developing test cases nearly 10 fold. I also used this software to develop and run tests, and update the official trainer software.

June 2014 – August 2014

Aeronautical Engineering Intern

NASA Ames Research Center

In the summer of 2014, I worked with researchers at NASA Ames to determine safety criteria for unmanned aircraft operating in the national airspace system. I developed MATLAB scripts that analyzed data from massive simulations of the airspace and extracted useful information regarding interactions between unmanned aircraft and other aircraft. I also created a graphical tool used to quickly visualize these encounters.

January 2012 – October 2014

Research Assistant

Autonomous Aerospace Systems Lab

I worked as a researcher in the Autonomous Aerospace Systems Lab under Professor Ella Atkins for two and a half years. In those years I conducted research involving the control and safety of unmanned aircraft. I developed simple PID controllers for both aircraft and subsystems, conducted wind tunnel testing for novel sensing packages, and analyzed geo-fencing algorithms.


2015 –

Artificial Intelligence

Stanford University

I am currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Computer Science at Stanford, specializing in Machine Learning. I’ve grown passionate about deep learning and its many applications to both aerospace and everyday life.


Aerospace Engineering

University of Michigan

I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan. I love thinking about unmanned aircraft and the many ways they can serve people and companies in the national airspace.

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Coding Skills








Leadership Experience

2014 – 2015

Co-Founded Engineering Student Government

In the fall of 2014 I chaired the effort to establish a new student government for engineers at the University of Michigan, Engineering Student Government. The government was accepted by the students in November 2014, and from January to May of 2015 I served as ESG’s first Vice President.
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2013 – 2015

Sigma Gamma Tau

In four semesters, I served as President, Internal Vice President, Academic Chair, and on the Web Team of Sigma Gamma Tau, the Aerospace Honors Society at the University of Michigan.



Implementing FeUdal Networks

Entity Detection for Space Invaders

Playing Atari with Reinforcement Learning



A Computer Vision Project


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dshersh[at] stanford.edu