Bruce Woodley

Secretary, Director of Governance

Bruce Woodley

Bruce Woodley grew up in Vancouver, Canada, and moved to Palo Alto in 1993 to pursue graduate studies. He has founded and participated in a number of startups over a broad range of industries, including UAVs (drones), telecom, enterprise software, medical robotics, sensors for autonomous vehicles, and autonomous laser eye surgery. He was a finalist in the 2009 Canadian Astronaut selection.

A long time competitive bagpipe player, he has volunteered as an instructor/leader for a San Francisco-based youth bagpipe band, taking the group to compete at the annual World Championships in Scotland from 1996-2001. He has enjoyed volunteering in the classroom in elementary school, but had limited success in getting the kids to laugh at his puns. He is passionate that diverse life experiences, such as those promoted by PiE, are important in developing creative, flexible, and energetic children.

Bruce has 2 children (JLS, El Carmelo), is a husband, and spends his free time riding bikes, running, and flying small airplanes with his family. He holds a BASc in Engineering Physics from Simon Fraser University, and MS/Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford.