The MIT ties to Google’s delivery drone program, White House CTO front-runner

With any major tech news, chances are you’ll find a connection to MIT, whether or not it involves Boston. And that’s the case with two of the tech stories circulating today — Google’s disclosure of a program to use drones for deliveries, and the White House’s top candidate for a new chief technology officer.

For the Google “Project Wing” drones program, which The Atlantic had an exclusive on, word is that Google recruited MIT roboticist Nicholas Roy to lead the project in its first two years. The project is part of Google X, the company’s “moonshot” program for risky, long-term projects. Roy left the project and has gone back to MIT as of this month, where he works out of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (aka CSAIL).

See related: Ex-Google delivery drones head Nicholas Roy on takeoffs and hurdles

As for America’s new CTO, the front-runner is former Google X vice president Megan Smith, according to Bloomberg. Smith received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT (in 1986 and 1988, respectively). Smith would take over for Todd Park, who resigned a week ago.

Kyle Alspach has worked in journalism in Massachusetts since 2005 and was one of the original staff writers at BetaBoston.
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