Tesla engineering director Joseph Mardall leaves for Zipline

Low-angle view of the facade of Tesla Motors dealership with brand and register Pleasanton, California, July 23, 2018. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)

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An influential engineering director at Tesla, Joe Mardall, has resigned his position on the automaker to develop into head of engineering at Zipline, in line with his personal LinkedIn profile.

Zipline is a drone maker and aerial supply service centered on distribution of blood and different medical provides.

Among his achievements throughout a decade at Tesla, Mardall led the event of a Model Y Heat Pump system, which was praised by CEO Elon Musk on Twitter, and led Tesla’s efforts to engineer a ventilator for Covid victims that could possibly be produced utilizing automotive elements. (It by no means produced the ventilators.)

Before he was concerned in engineering Tesla’s newest crossover SUV, the Model Y, Mardall additionally developed thermal and HVAC applied sciences which turned defining options within the company’s earlier Model X and Model 3 automobiles. His identify is on a number of Tesla patents.

According to Forge, a secondary market, Zipline in presently elevating a Series E spherical of funding with shares priced round $32.63, indicating a valuation north of $2 billion.

Mardall wrote in a public post on LinkedIn:

After 10 wonderful years at Tesla, I’m super excited to start my next chapter as Head of Engineering at Zipline, working with a team of talented and committed engineers to provide every human on Earth with instant access to vital medical supplies. The next 5 years are going to change everything and I can’t wait! We are hiring for all roles across engineering and I would love to hear from you – come fly with me!”

Mardall didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark from CNBC.

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