Elise Moss received her B.S. Mechanical Engineering from San Jose State University in San Jose, CA.

The oldest of five children, Elise, is a third-generation engineer. Her father, Robert Moss worked as a metallurgical engineer in the aerospace industry. Her grandfather, Solomon Kupperman, worked as a civil engineer for the City of Chicago.

Elise’s first job was drafting for a petrophysical company located in Mountain View, CA. in 1980. In 1982, AutoCAD was released and she jumped at the chance to learn a new tool. By the end of that year, she had been promoted to CAD Manager and was training the team on how to use the software as well as managing engineering change orders.

As Santa Clara County and the San Francisco Bay Area transformed itself into what is now Silicon Valley, Elise transitioned to designing computer electronics equipment. She worked as a sustaining engineer for dot-matrix printers for ALPS. Then, she transitioned to designing printer-sharing devices and network hubs for ASP Computer Products. From there, she went to NUMMI, an automotive plant which has since been replaced by the Tesla Factory located in Fremont. At NUMMI, she worked as an assembly line engineer, designing automated equipment and robotic tools used to build Toyota trucks. In the evenings, she taught as adjunct faculty at De Anza Community College, San Francisco State University Extended Campus, and at Laney College.

Most recently, she has worked in Google’s Data Center division and then at Mineral X, a Moonshot subsidiary of Google.

She started writing textbooks in the early 2000s. Her textbooks on AutoCAD, Revit, and Onshape are used by eager learners all around the world.