Tra Vu

Tra Vu



San Jose, CA USA

Where you come from doesn’t define where you’re going.


By Roadtrip Nation

Tra Vu


My road in life has taken me all over.
I was born in a small village in Vietnam and eventually moved to the United States with my parents.
I got into New York University on an athletic scholarship for soccer—I spent my first two years of college focusing on soccer and kept my major undecided.
During my junior year of college, I decided to major in civil engineering because of its great impact on everything around us.
After graduating, I earned a master’s degree in financial engineering and a Ph.D. in transportation planning and engineering.
I started my career as a technical director for an engineering company and an adjunct professor at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering.
I met the co-founder and CEO of OhmniLabs, Thuc Vu, at a young professionals event—I was inspired by his talk about robotics and decided to volunteer to help him by writing a technical paper.
After getting to know the team and the work they were doing, I was invited to stay on and help operate the company.
I left civil engineering, moved from New York to the Silicon Valley in California, and joined OhmniLabs as the chief operating officer.
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High School
Civil Engineering
New York University
Financial Engineering
New York University
Transportation Engineering & Planning
New York University
Professional Engineer License



I manage the company's operations in order to scale our robotics and AI products and services.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Working with Others

Day to Day

At its core, my job is to make everyone's job easier. I provide (or remove) the guide rails, structure, framework, processes, and tools that my various teams need to focus on their work. I also ensure that we grow our team and expand our talent pool, while maintaining our culture of innovation, compassion, and tenacity.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

I made a career shift, going from civil engineering into robotics. It's a lucky opportunity that I took and then worked hard to fill the shoes. To work in operations, I recommend taking a more straight path through majoring in social studies, human science, or operation management.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

Social Studies


Challenges I Overcame

School Stress

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