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CARS Faculty and Staff

Reilly P. Brennan, Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering

Reilly P. Brennan has been a core member of Stanford's automotive community since joining as Executive Director of the Revs Program at Stanford in 2012. He is a founding partner at Trucks, a seed-stage venture capital fund for entrepreneurs changing the future of transportation. Reilly teaches twice per year in the School of Engineering and the His classes bridge the fields of transportation, design and entrepreneurship. He is a dedicated educator and advisor to young researchers and entrepreneurs, actively participating in...

Chris Gerdes, Director Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS), Dynamic Design Lab

Chris Gerdes is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and, by courtesy, of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University. 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 historic race cars or trying out their latest prototypes for the future.

Mykel Kochenderfer, Assistant Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics

Professor Kochenderfer is the director of the Stanford Intelligent Systems Laboratory (SISL), conducting research on advanced algorithms and analytical methods for the design of robust decision making systems. Of particular interest are systems for air traffic control, unmanned aircraft, and other aerospace applications where decisions must be made in uncertain, dynamic environments while maintaining safety and efficiency.

Pablo Paredes, Instructor, Radiology and Psychiatry, Director, Pervasive Wellbeing Technology Lab

Pablo Paredes earned his PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2015. He is faculty in Radiology and Psychiatry at Stanford University. Prior to joining the School of Medicine, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher in Computer Science at Stanford University for two years. During his PhD career, he held internships on behavior change and affective computing at Microsoft Research and Google.

Marco Pavone, Assistant Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics

Professor Pavone is the Director of the Autonomous Systems Laboratory (ASL). The goal of ASL is the development of methodologies for the analysis, design, and control of autonomous systems, with a particular emphasis on large-scale robotic networks and autonomous aerospace vehicles. The lab combines expertise from control theory, robotics, optimization, and operations research to develop the theoretical foundations for networked autonomous systems operating in uncertain, rapidly-changing, and potentially adversarial environments...

Allan L. Reiss, Howard C. Robbins Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Radiology

Professor Reiss is Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR) at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Reiss uses advanced research methods and tools such as multi-modal neuroimaging, genetic analyses and neurobehavioral assessment to focus on neurodevelopmental and neurogenetic disorders of childhood onset.

Dan Siciliano, Faculty Director of the Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Professor and Associate Dean at Stanford Law School

Dan Siciliano is the faculty director of the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University and a Professor and Associate Dean at Stanford Law School.  He was co-founder, CEO and ultimately Executive Chairman of LawLogix Group, Inc. – a global software technology company named 9 consecutive times to the Inc.

Hai Wang, Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Professor Wang's interests are in renewable energy conversion, catalysis and combustion. His current research focuses on theories and applications of nanoparticles and nanostructures for rechargeable batteries and supercapacitors, combustion simulations and nanocatalysis.

Gordon Wetzstein, Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering

Gordon Wetzstein is an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and, by courtesy, of Computer Science at Stanford University. He is the leader of the Stanford Computational Imaging Lab, an interdisciplinary research group focused on advancing imaging, microscopy, and display systems.

Stephen Zoepf, Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering

Stephen Zoepf is chief of policy development at Ellis & Assoicates. Prior to that he was Executive Director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford. Stephen co-teaches ME 267: Ethics and Equipty in Transportation Systems with Chris Gerdes. He has fifteen years of experience in the automotive field, including eight years in engineering and product management roles at BMW and Ford.  He was a Post-Doctoral researcher at MIT and on the technical staff of the U.S. Dept. of Transportation.