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Faculty & Staff

J. Christian Gerdes

Lab Director / Car-Lord

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...... more

Erina Dubois

Lab Manager/Chief of Staff

Erina DuBois is the Dynamic Design Lab Manager under Professor Chris Gerdes. She was previously the lab manager for the Communication Between Humans & Interactive Media (CHIMe) Lab under Professor...... more


Alaisha Alexander

Foot Traffic Controller

Alaisha Alexander is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. She obtained a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of...... more

Elliot Weiss

Standing Desk Enthusiast

Elliot completed his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Brown University in 2017 and is currently a Mechanical Engineering PhD student at Stanford. His research focuses on the development of...... more

John P Alsterda

Firepower Enhancement Program Director

State of the art automated vehicles can safely navigate planned paths which do not exceed limitations imposed by friction and other physical properties. Planning trustworthy paths, however, is challenging...... more

John Talbot

Lab Gentleman

Human drivers will be present on roadways for many years to come, even as fully autonomous vehicles become more prevalent. The insights garnered from research on keeping autonomous vehicles safe are...... more

Marsie Trego

Long Haul Driver

Marsie completed a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at Brigham Young University in 2017, and a master's degree in mechanical engineering at Stanford University in 2019. As a mechanical...... more

Nathan Spielberg

Head Chef
Drawing inspiration from how skilled drivers learn and the abundance of data that autonomous vehicles generate, Nathan aims to design safer automated control algorithms that fuse learning and control.

Nicholas Drake Broadbent

Lab Hoonigan

Nicholas Broadbent graduated summa cum laude and first in his class from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in German. He also studied...... more

Rajan Aggarwal

Rajan is a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. He is broadly interested in motion planning and control methods that can reliably maneuver vehicles at their limits of handling...... more

Trey Weber

Trey Weber graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is now pursuing a doctoral degree at Stanford University in the Mechanical Engineering department. Trey is interested in...... more

Tushar Goel

Trailer Whisperer
Tushar's research is focused on the dynamics of drifting and how they apply in safety systems for emergencies. He is incorporating the use of brakes into the current drift controllers using MARTY

Vivian Patterson

Lab Enthusiast
Vivian is examining the effect of modelling choices on vehicle performance when leveraging a model predictive control framework.