What We Do 

Valence Strategic provides policy, technology and market insight into the transformational industries of the 21st century. Our services include technology analysis, policy development, strategy consulting, and bespoke research projects in the areas of automation and machine learning, advanced mobility, and emerging energy and climate technologies.


Levi Tillemann

Founder and Senior Advisor

Dr. Levi Tillemann has deep expertise in automotive and mobility technology innovation and policy. He was the CEO of IRIS Engines, Inc., and is the author of The Great Race: The Global Quest for the Car of the Future. Levi served as an advisor to the Obama administration at the Department of Energy and founded Valence Strategic in 2015. He holds a BA from Yale, a PhD from Johns Hopkins and speaks Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and Portuguese.

Colin McCormick

Partner and Chief Technologist

Dr. Colin McCormick has extensive experience in machine learning and energy & climate technology and policy. He served as the Senior Advisor for R&D at the Department of Energy during the Obama Administration and a staff member with the House Science and Technology Committee. Dr. McCormick received his PhD in atomic and optical physics from the University of California, Berkeley, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.

Will the Tesla Model 3 Be the First Truly Self-Driving Car?

...But while much of the tech community marvelled at Google’s achievement, Musk thought that lidar was too expensive. (A top-notch system costs about eighty thousand dollars.) He believed that Tesla could get the same results with a cheaper suite of sensors. 

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