Heidi is a Senior Software Development Manager on an Amazon Devices New Initiative team. Heidi joined Lab126 five years ago to manage the developer tools team for tablets and the Fire Phone. Since then she has led several different areas within Fire OS including DevOps and QA. Prior to joining Amazon, Heidi was a Director of Research at Real-Time Innovations (RTI). RTI develops real-time publish-subscribe middleware. Heidi held multiple different positions at RTI over ten years including consulting on autonomous systems, software development, and research into safety-critical software. Heidi holds a Ph.D. from Stanford in Aerospace Engineering, and her Ph.D. thesis was on the control of flexible space-based robotic manipulators.