Andrew Ingram, 31, of Harvey Mudd and Tesla, died in a horrific plane crash earlier this week.
It was at Tesla where the young engineer finally got a chance to combine all three of his passions: music, cars and "green" technology. His assignments at Tesla included, but weren't limited to, making sure the car's elaborate electrical systems didn't interfere with the stereo sound.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk described Ingram on the company's website as "passionate about electronics and exquisite audio systems" and "eager to lend a hand wherever it was needed, from marketing to manufacturing."
Brusco, who last saw Ingram on Monday, agreed. Two days before the crash, they took a 20-mile bike ride near Morgan Hill. Brusco said Tesla was the dream job for the young, green-minded engineer. Ingram has always been eco-conscious, Brusco said. Once, in junior high, he even created a model house powered entirely by windmills.
"He was totally in his element at Tesla," Brusco said. "He was working with cars, working with audio and doing something that was good for the world."