Interview with Lorenz Motors @lorenz.dronecar
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I had to decide what I wanted to do for my capstone project in engineering school, so I chose to work on designing “flying cars”. My engineering advisor for my bachelor’s thesis is an aerospace engineer, so it was his area of expertise, and we were excited to bring the concept to life.
Can you share the most interest in what exciting happened to you since you started doing this?
In May 2019, the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s College of Engineering hosted a drone competition where over 20 student-led teams built, programmed, and raced drones through an obstacle course. My team, called “Lorenz”, won first place with the fastest lap time out of all the students competing. We were also granted $3500 in Undergraduate Research and Innovation funding to pursue our project on flying cars, or “drone cars”, as we call them.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
Mental health is not discussed enough, but taking breaks and recognizing signs of burnout is important. Before you burn out, you should recognize the symptoms such as isolation and irritability. To prevent this, create designated workplaces and set a time when you disconnect from your devices at the end of the day. Sleep is the number one thing that heals mental health issues, so ensure you’re getting quality sleep.
None of us can succeed without some help along the way. Is there a particular person you are grateful for who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
My engineering advisor, who I won’t name, went a long way to help me succeed. He set up the drone competition that my team ended up winning. I also have to thank my team, Dip Panchal, Cameron Crosby, and Chanales Flores, who believed in the vision enough to help me present on the URI advisory board at NJIT.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I’ve used my success to bring goodness to the world by spreading hope and inspiration for the future of personal air travel. How great is it that we have the technology for personal aerial transportation? My company is helping normalize the prospect of allowing common people to travel quickly through the air and avoid road traffic. Policymakers have a lot of bureaucracy and laws preventing the current technology from going mainstream. We’ve spearheaded through the stigma and achieved ambitious goals to convince others, “Hey, maybe this isn’t such a bad idea after all.”
Do you have a favourite “written Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
“Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping” is a quote by Jordan Peterson that resonates with me. It took me a while to recognize that I shouldn’t put so much effort and energy outwards into what other people think and instead redirect that energy and love into myself. Growing up, I wasn’t the smartest person, and I was an average student. My family grew up religious, so secular pursuits and lofty worldly goals were discouraged. It was only until I graduated high school that I realized I admired the kids who got into Harvard. I even applied to Brown and Cornell but didn’t get in, which upset me. I decided to try and educate and better myself in college so that maybe I could get into an ivy league for grad school. Although that didn’t happen, I’m still satisfied with the company I founded and feel like I have helped myself through the commitment to trying to better myself.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
My LinkedIn is linkedin.com/in/piotr-Szymanski and linkedin.com/company/lorenz-motors. You can find me on Instagram at @piotr.rzymski and @lorenz.motors. You can also just go to Lorenzmotors.com and find social media links at the bottom of the page, such as TikTok and YouTube.
Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
Hard work takes you where you want to be