AFCEA West Informational Interview w/Emily Rausch, Nikolay Atanasov and Ryan Tseng

Ms. Emily Rausch is a Strategic Development Manager at the Diligent Consulting Inc.; a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, headquartered in San Antonio, TX.  She is part of the Business Development team and is responsible for recruiting top talent. In addition to her duties at Diligent, Emily serves as AFCEA International’s Co-President (Non-Capital Region) to the Young AFCEA Advisory Council (YAAC).

Emily and her co-president Mr. Jeremy Martin, lead a group of over 40 Young AFCEANs across the globe, who make up the Advisory Council, representing the values and special interests of the 40 and under demographic to AFCEA International Senior leaders. The YAAC provides professional development, leadership and networking, as well as the opportunity to join the conversation through AFCEA’s Disruptive by Design news articles and panel discussions.

Emily is the recipient of multiple awards including the 2010 Regional Distinguished Young AFCEA Award, the 2011 Emerging leader award and was named by the San Antonio Business Journal as one of their 40 under 40 recipients in 2015. 

Nikolay A. Atanasov is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, San Diego, CA, USA. His research focuses on robotics, control theory, and machine learning and in particular on autonomous information collection using ground and aerial robots for localization and mapping, environmental monitoring, and
security and surveillance. He works on probabilistic environment models that unify geometry and semantics and on optimal control and reinforcement learning approaches for minimizing uncertainty in these models. Dr. Atanasov’s work has been recognized by the Joseph and Rosaline Wolf award for the best Ph.D. dissertation in Electrical and Systems Engineering at the
University of Pennsylvania in 2015 and the best conference paper award at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation in 2017.


Ryan is the CEO of Shield AI, a company backed by Andreessen Horowitz, one of Silicon Valley’s preeminent venture funds. Shield AI is working collaboratively with the Department of Defense to field the first artificially intelligent systems for service members on the front lines. The company produces Hivemind, an artificial intelligence that enables robots to see, reason
about, and search the world. Shield AI presently offers a first-of-its-kind AI-powered drone that searches buildings while simultaneously streaming video and building maps. Shield AI’s robots can access and explore denied areas such as building interiors and caves to gather mission critical, ground-level intelligence. The robots learn from and become more capable through their experience. Shield AI’s portfolio of technologies includes state-of-the-art approaches to perception, mapping, multi-robot systems, and learning. Prior to Shield AI, Ryan created numerous technologies that helped launch the modern wireless power industry. Technologies he and his teams created formed the cornerstone of a wireless charging standard that was adopted by 200 companies, including market leaders Samsung, Intel, Qualcomm, and Verizon.
Ryan also led the development of a wireless charging product that was recognized by TIME
magazine as a Top Ten Product of 2014, alongside the Tesla Model S, iPhone 6, and Oculus
Rift. Ryan has 15 patents pending or issued. Ryan earned his MBA from MIT. He graduated
summa cum laude from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in electrical

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