Micron’s Sanjay Mehrotra Discusses the Future of Autonomous Vehicle Technology, International Trade and Artificial Intelligence at April 26 Titans Breakfast

On April 26, 2019, hundreds of the Greater Washington region’s technology community gathered at the Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner to hear Micron President and CEO Sanjay Mehrotra share his thoughts on the trend toward autonomous vehicles, and the critical role that Micron’s $3 billion Manassas facility expansion will play in manufacturing the necessary components for automakers.

Mehrotra was joined on stage by Consumer Technology Association President and CEO Gary Shapiro in a fireside chat followed by a Q&A session with the audience, where Mehrotra commented on the multiple benefits that personalized data and AI will bring to solving future challenges in areas of healthcare, transportation and infrastructure. Micron, which makes computer chips for smartphones, automobiles and other consumer products, plans to add 100,000 square feet of workspace to its existing 123-acre Manassas location. In addition, this project is expected to create 1,100 new jobs for the region over the next decade. The components produced in Manassas will be utilized by auto manufacturers, along with other industries such as unmanned aerial vehicle production.

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Micron President and CEO Sanjay Mehrotra

During the morning discussion, Mehrotra spoke favorably of Northern Virginia’s commitment to building a tech talent pipeline as one of the reasons Micron, headquartered in Boise, ID, is doubling down on its investment in the region.

“In order to continue to lead in jobs and a thriving economy, it’s essential that the USA maintains our leadership position with semiconductors. To do this we need funding and top talent,” commented Mehrotra.

Mehrotra, who also serves as the current Chair of the Semiconductor Industry Association, argued passionately for the need to protect American intellectual property and to secure equitable free trade agreements with other industrialized nations.

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Micron President and CEO Sanjay Mehrotra speaks during the April 26 Titans Breakfast

For more than 40 years, Micron’s memory and storage solutions have led to disruptive technologies and trends in the areas of AI, machine learning, and autonomous vehicles across market segments like cloud, data center, networking, mobile and automotive. Prior to joining Micron in 2017, Mehrotra co-founded and led SanDisk Corporation from 1988 to its sale in 2016. SanDisk was an early pioneer in flash storage technology and Mehrotra’s multiple innovations revolutionized the industry by vastly expanding the amount of data that thumb drives and USB cards can hold.

Click here to view video highlights from the fireside chat.