​Dr. Anuja Sonalker
Founder and CEO
STEER Tech


Dr. Anuja Sonalker is the founder and CEO of STEER Tech. STEER is focused on developing secure self-driving technologies that will massively enable situationally aware, cyber robust automated driving applications. Dr. Sonalker brings experience from both the automotive industry and cybersecurity sector. Prior to STEER, Dr. Sonalker headed the Automotive Security Group in the Cyber Innovation Unit at Battelle where she patented and led advanced research in vehicular environments and transition to market strategies before moving onto TowerSec, an automotive cyber security company where she was V.P. of Engineering and Operations. During her career, Dr. Sonalker has established collaborative research efforts and strategic partnerships, provided project management, and helped set the strategic direction for the commercialization of technology. Dr. Sonalker is currently the Vice Chair of the SAE Vehicle Cybersecurity Systems Engineering Committee and Co-Chair of the ISO-SAE joint International standard on Automotive Cybersecurity Framework. Dr. Sonalker also serves on the Board of Directors of the Economic Development Authority of Howard County, Maryland. She holds a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland College Park. 
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