Julie Derence

Julie Derence is a Software Engineer who has been involved in computer science engineering for over 15 years in a variety of technology realms.  She recently began working for Uber Advanced Technologies Center (UATC), where she is helping with the development of key infrastructure software to enhance automotive safety, intelligent traffic mapping, user experience, and autonomy technology. She and her colleagues are working to shape the future of urban mobility.

Prior to joining UATC, Julie worked on the development of the front end interface for military weapons programs, deployed in-line inspection equipment for glass manufacturing plants, and programmed core interfaces within robots. She spent 9 years with the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) and Carnegie Mellon University developing core infrastructure used in robotic applications.  Her main focus was integration development for a fleet of Autonomous Haul Trucks in open pit mines.  The Haul Trucks navigate the mine roads without human intervention and operate within the same area populated with manned vehicles and human personnel. This technology reduces the hazards associated with mining and raises production levels.

Julie graduated from Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Engineering. She resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons.  She is constantly striving to perfect her work/life balance between raising her boys and pursuing a career in a fast paced engineering world.  She actively participates in the Society of Women Engineers events and encourages all women to continue to pursue science and technology careers.