Rivian is an independent U.S. automotive company that manufactures electric adventure and delivery vehicles to accelerate a shift away from fossil fuels. Founded by an MIT graduate in 2009, in 2021 Rivian is launching its first products onto the market, and joined the MIT LGO program to help boost this massive step change in operational capability. Based in California, Rivian has a manufacturing plant in Illinois and locations in Michigan, Arizona, Vancouver, and the UK.

Rod Copes (LGO ’93)

COO, Rivian
At LGO: MBA & SM Mechanical Engineering
Previous studies: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Mechanical Engineering
Formerly President of Royal Enfield North America, and a long-time executive at Harley-Davidson, Rod Copes has been COO of Rivian since March 2020.

Leadership Development Program

Rivian’s Leadership Development (RLD) Program is a tailored career track designed to accelerate the development and career growth of highly talented, post-MBA professionals for advancement within Rivian. MIT LGO Class of 2021 graduates are expecting to join the company as part of this high-potential development program.