About Amir

Amir Husain is an entrepreneur and inventor based in Austin, Texas. He is the author of the best-selling book “The Sentient Machine” (Scribner), Founder & CEO of SparkCognition, Inc., a leading global artificial intelligence company and CEO & Executive Board Member of SkyGrid, a Boeing & SparkCognition company. Amir also serves as a member of the Board of Advisors for The University of Texas at Austin, Dept. of Computer Science. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) AI Task Force. Amir was a founding member of the Board of Advisors for IBM Watson and has been recognized as Austin’s Top Technology Entrepreneur of the Year and one of Onalytica’s Top 100 global artificial intelligence influencers.

Cisco Chairman Emeritus, John T. Chambers, has called Amir, “one of the top young CEOs in the world.” [Read more]

In March of 2016, Amir was named by the Under40 organization to Austin’s 40 under 40 and secured the award for the Technology & Sciences category. In September of 2016, he was listed by the Austin Business Journal on their Best CEOs of 2016 list. In 2015 and 2018, he has also received the Austin A-List award in his capacity as CEO of SparkCognition, Inc., the fastest-growing startup in central Texas.

Since its founding in June 2013, SparkCognition has scaled rapidly, with a client roster that now features dozens of the largest companies in the world, including industry leaders such as Boeing, Apergy, and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc. In 2018, SparkCognition was named by the Wall Street Journal as the ninth most disruptive company in the United States. The year prior, CNBC named SparkCognition to its “Disruptor 50” list.

In November 2018, Amir became founding CEO of SkyGrid, a Boeing, SparkCognition joint venture company. Focused on the $3T aerial autonomy market, SkyGrid is building the aerial operating system to power the next century of aviation.

Amir is a prolific inventor with 23 awarded and over 40 pending U.S. patent applications to his credit. He has been featured on Fox, CSPAN and international television networks and his work has been published in technical fora such as IEEE conference proceedings; in leading tech journals, including Network World and Computer World; in policy and military publications like Foreign Policy and U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings; and in mainstream media outlets such as Fox Business, CBS Marketwatch, and BBC.