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Brian Lee Sander (born August 24, 1963) is a former executive and iPod hardware engineer at Apple Inc.

Early life and education[]

Brian Sander was born in 1963 to Wendell Sander, who later became Apple Computer's first staff scientist. Following in his father's footsteps, the younger Sander received a B.S. in electrical engineering from Iowa State University in 1985.[1]


Apple Computer[]

Brian joined his father Wendell at The Engineering Department, an independent firm doing contract work for Apple Computer. In 1989, Brian joined Apple, but soon left during the decline of the company in the 1990s.[2]

Apple Inc.[]

Brian rejoined Apple in 2003 to work on the systems engineering of the iPod.[2] He was joined by his father Wendell in July 2005 and the two collaborated on developing the volume controls of EarPods. Brian was promoted to vice president and eventually retired in 2013.[1]

After Apple[]

In 2014, Sander co-founded Pearl Automation with other former Apple engineers to develop aftermarket automobile electronics. Sander is presently semi-retired in Monterey, California.[3][4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Father-son ISU alumni spend careers pioneering technology by Kristin Clague, Iowa State University College of Engineering News. 2017-10-26.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Father and son engineers reflect on past, working together at Apple by Willa Colville, Iowa State Daily. 2017-11-12.
  3. Can These 3 Ex-Apple Engineers Build The Next Car Accessory Company? by Kia Kokalitcheva, Fortune. 2016-06-28.
  4. Growing a Different Apple by Vindu Goel, The New York Times. 2017-01-02. Archived 2017-01-02.

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