GoMentum Station Team

Atul Acharya

Autonomous Vehicles Strategy and Operations Director AV Safety, Testing and Research Lead at GoMentum Station 

Atul, AV Strategy Director at AAA Northern California, leads safety assessment and testing of automated vehicles, and research team at GoMentum Station. He is currently active on shared autonomous shuttle deployment testing at GoMentum, and has recently wrapped up AV research projects with UC Berkeley and University of Waterloo, among others. He is an active participant on standards for AV safety, such as UL 4600, the SAE On-Road Driving (ORAD) Verification and Validation committee, and WEF’s AV Safe Drive Initiative.

Atul is a seasoned product professional with significant experience bringing innovative products, platforms and portfolios to the market in both startups and established organizations. He loves all things in the automation space, and brings his software expertise in applied AI, deep learning, computer vision and robotics. Previously, he worked at HP, Motorola/Google in product strategy roles and led software engineering in startup in the telecom space. He has an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management where he was a Sloan Fellow, and a B.S. Electronics Engineering from IIT in India.

Shaaya Sharifi

Business Development Director, GoMentum Station and A3Ventures 

Shaaya, Business Development Manager of A3Ventures, leads all new business development and strategic partnerships for the GoMentum ecosystem and AAA NCNU’s mobility innovation group.

Shaaya is an enthusiast in all things commercial and automotive. He brings over a decade of sales, strategy, investment, and partnerships experience within the mobility and real estate sectors. Prior to A3Ventures, Shaaya spent several years at startups after building a career in private equity. He has a B.A. in Economics from UCLA and an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

Partners & Advisors

Habib Shamskhou

CV/AV Program Director, Global ITS Practice Leader, Advanced Mobility Group

Habib is Program Director for GoMentum Station program and served Contra Costa Transportation Authority’s leadership team as a consultant at this capacity since program inception. Advanced Mobility Group is the Program Management consultant to CCTA with multi-year contract and is a key partner in the GoMentum Station Program.

Habib is a recognized authority on emerging advanced technologies in transportation with expertise in safety, mobility and program management. He pioneered several innovative transportations ITS projects in past 25 years. Early in his career, he conducted first precursor system analysis for automated highway system for FHWA and from 1992-1998 he was one of the program managers of Automated Highway System (AHS) program. The National Automated Highway System Consortium was a $200 million program in partnership with US Department of Transportation led by General Motors that concluded successfully in summer of 1998 by demonstration of the first generation of hand-off, feet-off driving on I-15 in San Diego.

Jack Hall, P.E.

ITS CV/AV Program Manager

As an ITS AV/CV Program Manager for the Contra Costa Transportation Authority, Jack provides project management for CCTA projects, assists local agencies with the delivery of their Measure J projects, and helps manage the implementation of Intelligent Transportation Systems in Contra Costa. Jack has 18 years of experience as a California Professional Engineer and also served nine years in the United States Air Force.

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