Andrew C. Sousa ’15, ’17MS, Outstanding Young Alum 2023
Andrew C. Sousa
BS, Electrical Engineering, 2015
MS, Electrical Engineering, 2017
Manager of Hardware Engineering, American Robotics
Andrew Sousa is the Manager of Hardware Engineering at American Robotics, an autonomous drone system developer and operator. In his current post, Andrew is responsible for managing all hardware engineering activities within the organization. Andrew believes in developing hardware systems for the betterment and advancement of society, a mission he is able to live out at American Robotics. Andrew was the first employee at American Robotics and has been a leader in the hardware development of their main product, an industry-leading industrial drone-in-box system, since day one. While at the company, Andrew has been instrumental in standing up system field operations as well as manufacturing and engineering functions. Throughout his career he has held engineering roles at Apple Inc., Verizon Wireless, and Tulip Interfaces where he has primarily worked in research and product development. Andrew holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, both from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In his time at UMass, Andrew was very involved in the community. Most notably, in 2014 he founded HackUmass, a hackathon created to give members of the technical and engineering community an opportunity to learn about technology, network with industry members, and physically build out their ideas. It is an event that is still run annually to this day. In addition, Andrew served as the President of the honors society of the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEEE), Eta Kappa Nu (HKN); Vice President of IEEE; Vice President of the ECE Student Advisory Council (ESAC); and was an active member of the Engineering on-campus makerspace, M5.