Neil joined Founders Pledge in October 2015 from both technical and artistic careers. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and then moved to Los Angeles to work on the Space Shuttle Main Engine as a systems engineer. As NASA wrapped up the shuttle program, he successfully transitioned into a career as a freelance brass musician - teaching and performing across the greater Los Angeles area. Founders Pledge brought him to London in 2017 to support the team from the global HQ.
Q&A with Neil
Q: If you could choose anyone famous (real or fictional) to have dinner with who would they be and why?
Robyn. Must include an evening out afterward. Her choice of venue(s). She's idiosyncratic. I like this.
Q: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Astronaut. Possibly some sort of robot. Space robot. Robonaut. Interstellar Exploratory Being.
Q: If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
Science Fiction. Visually, my character would be artificially generated based on an average of what people would expect me to look like given where I am psychologically at each point in my life. They'd match each version to the voice of the actor that is the closest visual match to that version, and then generate the lines artifically based on recordings of that actor.