Adrian "Toni" Albert was a person of true excellence. He was an entrepreneur, a dear friend, a loved family member, an avid outdoorsman and environmentalist, a passionate scientist and engineer, and a low-ego, high impact leader with unwavering integrity and grit. On June 5, 2020, he was killed in a hit and run car crash in Sonoma County, one of the very places he hoped to protect with his AI-based wildfire prediction technology- while cycling down Highway 12. Adrian's brilliant mind is a tragic loss for all of society.
Adrian attended Stanford University where he received a PhD in Electrical Engineering with a thesis on machine learning for energy grids, and he completed a postdoc at MIT. He was most recently the Founder and CEO of Terrafuse , a venture-backed startup that uses artificial intelligence to provide actionable climate intelligence for our entire planet, including prediction of extreme climate events. Adrian was deeply passionate about and committed to his company's mission.
Adrian had moved out of San Francisco to wine country to wait out the pandemic surrounded by the wilderness, his haven. All that Adrian needed to be happy was to work on solutions for challenging, momentous societal problems and to be in nature. Adrian put everyone else first, and was deeply admired for his level-headed, thoughtful approach to all of his endeavors. He was empathetic, humble, and kind in all of his interactions and cared deeply about his family, friends and his Terrafuse team of employees, advisors, and investors. Adrian is survived by his family in Romania, including his sister, Alexandra Albert, his mother, Iulia Albert, and his father, Traian Albert. Adrian has joined his grandfather in heaven, a priest, who helped raise him, and who instilled much of his unwavering ambition and intellectual curiosity.
This gofundme is intended to raise money for Adrian's family to cover the costs of transporting his body back to Romania for a proper burial, his memorial services in Romania and the United States, and the legal fees associated with all damages related to the hit and run case.
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About the organizer:
My name is Hunter Connell and I am a close friend of Adrian and am helping Adrian's family. I am Director of Strategy and Business Development at Terrafuse, his startup, and I have worked closely with Adrian for the last year, five to seven days per week and six to ten hours per day. All funds raised with go exclusively to helping Adrian's sister Aleksandra Albert and the rest of his family cover transportation/burial expenses (to get him to Romania), legal expenses, and memorial expenses.
Thank you so much for your support.
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