I am a passionate creator, inventor, and entrepreneur.
As a personal project, before heading off to WPI (Worcester Polytechnic Institute), I designed, built, and tested a flying and driving personal vehicle capable of driving 30+ miles at 50 mph and can legally fly up to 18,000ft. I call it the Pumpkin Carriage.
For 11 months in 2017 and 2018, I worked as an Engineer in Training at kittyhawk.aero, having discussed my involvement with principle investor Larry Page and CEO, Sebastian Thrun. I designed, prototyped, and managed production of sub-systems for a personal aviation vehicle.
During the summer after graduating from the Nueva School in 2017, I worked as a mechanical designer for Joby Aviation where I developed hardware for their air taxi effort.
As an intern at Playground.Global in 2016, I developed three new prototypes of my signature JETpack electric vehicles with the investment and mentorship of Andy Rubin and colleagues.
While at Nueva School in 2014, I started JETpack Motors, a startup producing electric vehicles that provide transportation and storage space for the everyday commuter. The name JETpack derives from my name, Jeremy Elan Trilling, and the fact that this speedy transportation also serves as my backpack.
In 2014 and 2015 as a high school sophomore, I worked in partnership with the Nueva High School faculty Kim Saxe and George Jemmot, and the board to create the Upper School Innovation-Lab. I sourced and set up CNC machining centers, manual milling machines, CNC routers, welding equipment, band saws, and other equipment and machinery. I served as an an I-Lab teaching assistant helping students, faculty and visiting teachers in the Design Thinking Institute learn how to build their creative confidence and hone their innovation skills for the entirety of my Nueva Career.
From 2013 to 2018, I worked with the city of Palo Alto and other students to develop and operate the nation's first all high school student run community makerspace -- MakeX. Middle and high school students come to MakeX every weekend as a relief from their stressful lives, and learn to use digital fabrication and traditional machine tools to create personal objects of science, beauty and utility. Having successfully cultivated donors and secured more than $10,000 in philanthropic investment for MakeX, today I continue to advise this free and open-to-the-public makerspace having transitioned the roles of teen mentor and director to the next generation.
Creating meaningful user experiences through awesome projects and creating communities of makers are some of my greatest passions!