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J. Christian Gerdes

Lab Director / Car-Lord
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BSE, University of Pennsylvania, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (1990)
BSEcon, University of Pennsylvania, concentration in Entrepreneurial Management (1990)
MSE, University of Pennsylvania, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (1992)
PhD, University of California at Berkeley, Mechanical Engineering (1996)

Chris Gerdes is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University and Director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS). His laboratory studies how cars move, how humans drive cars and how to design future cars that work cooperatively with the driver or drive themselves. When not teaching on campus, he can often be found at the racetrack with students, instrumenting race cars or trying out their latest prototypes for the future. Professor Gerdes and his team have been recognized with a number of awards including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the Ralph Teetor award from SAE International and the Rudolf Kalman Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Industry Experience

Daimler-Benz Research and Technology North America, Senior Research Engineer (1996-1998)
Peloton Technology, Founder and Principal Scientist (2011-2016). Board Member (2017-present)

Government Experience

United States Department of Transportation, Chief Innovation Officer (2016-2017)