RJ started Rivian to combine his love for cars with his desire to leave the world better for the generations who inherit it. He is unrelenting in his mission to build an organization focused on collaboration, products created with thoughtfulness and a future that is as exciting as it is carbon neutral. As founder and CEO, RJ began with no capital, no team, no partnerships and no roadmap. He has since led the company to develop its vertically integrated technology platforms, built a multi-program development organization, established key partnerships, and developed the strategic and tactical plans to establish market leadership in both the consumer and commercial markets. RJ graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute before obtaining his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.