People

Sven A. Beiker, Executive Director Center for Automotive Research at Stanford

Since 2008 Dr. Beiker has been overseeing the strategic planning, resources management, and project incubation for the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS). Besides managing the industry affiliate program, he holds teaching positions at Stanford's School of Engineering and the Graduate School of Business.  He  was instrumental in launching research programs at Stanford University in "Legal Aspects of Autonomous Driving" and "Wireless Power Transfer to a Moving Vehicle" as well as "The Revs Program at Stanford" and the "Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab". Before coming to Stanford, Beiker worked at the BMW Group for more than 13 years where his responsibilities included technology scouting, innovation management, systems design, and series development. He primarily applied his expertise to chassis and powertrain projects, and holds several patents in respective technology fields.

Reilly P. Brennan, Executive Director Revs Program at Stanford, Lecturer at Stanford d.school

Reilly Brennan is the Executive Director of the Revs Program at Stanford University and a lecturer at the Stanford d.school. At Stanford, Brennan's role is to bring the automobile to the center of the university. Prior to joining Stanford, Brennan was Editorial Director at AOL's automotive properties, including AOL Autos and Autoblog. His work with automobiles in media and technology spans more than a decade, with publications ranging from Automobile to Monocle and seat time in over 1000 test cars. He was a member of the Le Mans-winning factory Corvette C5-R program. His personal land speed record is 168 mph, behind the wheel of a Chaparral 2E. Outside of Stanford, Brennan is an angel investor and advisor to automotive and transportation startups. His blog about business, design and making things can be found here.

Understanding Corrosion and Preservation of Automobile Surfaces

d.school: Understanding Superfans and Their Heroes, Judging Historical Significance: The Automobile

Miles C. Collier, Business Executive, Artist and Philanthropist

Miles C. Collier, a retired business executive, is a practicing artist, investor, philanthropist, and a noted authority on vintage automobiles. He is the founder of the Revs Institute for Automotive Research in Naples as well as the founding supporter of the Revs Program at Stanford. For the last ten years, Mr. Collier has conducted a biennial symposium on Connoisseurship and the Collectible Automobile that brings together automobile collectors and faculty from around the world to discuss critical issues in collecting and preserving important historic automobiles. Mr. Collier’s interest in art was nurtured at Yale University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting. An MBA from Columbia University, his business career was culminated after 25 years as Managing Partner of Collier Enterprises. In 1996, he entered the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, where he studied for three years with the noted Graham Nickson. Today, he paints professionally and his special interest is in issues relating to visual perception. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Eckerd College, a small private liberal arts college with a national reputation.  His interest in education and philanthropy is concentrated in the post-secondary arena.

Mathias Crawford, Graduate Student, Communication

Mathias Crawford is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Communication at Stanford University, and is a Stanford Graduate Fellow and a Values in Design Fellow. Crawford is interested in the interplay between virtual representations of the world as communicated through games, and the manner in which these abstractions of the world become reflected in the real world: how they have impacted the types of organizations, social interactions and technologies that are experienced in the world. His current research on the history of commercial simulator technologies examines the development of car racing video games over the past four decades. As an undergrad at Harvard University he balanced his academic pursuits with the absolute domination of his roommates in Gran Turismo 3 and 4.

The Representation of Cars in Video Games

Owen Falk, Graduate Student in Chemical Engineering

Owen Falk is a MS student in Chemical Engineering at Stanford University who collaborates with professors from the Material Science and Engineering Department as well as the Chemical Engineering Department at Stanford. His research focuses on the intersection of cars and chemistry. His initial Revs research looked at corrosion taking place in the 1952 Cunningham C-4RK race car; his work will continue to investigate methods of preserving cars with lacquer finishes, as well as developing methods for nondestructive analysis of the molecular composition of automotive finishes.  He also works with Professor Chris Gerdes to analyze data taken from Revs Program vehicles.

Understanding Corrosion and Preservation of Automobile Surfaces

Jon Feiber, Consulting Associate Professor, d.school; General Partner, Mohr Davidow Ventures

Jon Feiber joined Mohr Davidow Ventures in 1991 where his primary focus is networking and computing systems investments. In more than 20 years of venture investing he has identified and guided numerous entrepreneurs and played a significant role in growing category-leading companies. Feiber launched his career at Amdahl where he served as a Senior Engineer. He joined Sun Microsystems in 1983 where he worked in managerial positions overseeing product development and strategy in the areas of software development, software engineering technologies and networking. When he left Sun to join MDV he was Sun’s Vice President of Networking. Feiber is a member of the Caltech Information Science and Technology Advisory Board and an advisor to the Revs Program.

Judging Historical Significance: The Automobile

Gary Geisler, Digital Library Engineer, Stanford Libraries

Gary Geisler is a Digital Library Engineer and Web Developer in Stanford's Digital Library Systems and Services group and the primary developer of the Revs Program at Stanford website. His work at Stanford has focused on user experience design and front-end development for Ruby on Rails and Drupal applications. Prior to joining Stanford, Geisler was a professor at the University of Texas at Austin and at Simmons College in Boston, where he taught graduate courses, served as principal- or co-investigator on several funded grant projects, authored or co-authored many academic publications, and consulted on a range of digital library projects. Before going to graduate school, Geisler worked as a software engineer at IBM in Research Triangle Park, NC.

The Revs Digital Library

J. Christian Gerdes, Director Revs Program at Stanford, Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS), Director Dynamic Design Lab

Professor Gerdes' research centers on the application of dynamic modeling to problems in nonlinear control, estimation and diagnostics. Specific areas of interest include the development of driver assistance systems for lane keeping and collision avoidance, modeling and control of novel combustion processes for Internal Combustion engines and diagnostics for automotive drive-by-wire systems. Prior to joining Stanford, Professor Gerdes was the project leader for vehicle dynamics at the Vehicle Systems Technology Center of Daimler-Benz Research and Technology North America. His work at Daimler focused on safety analysis and simulation-based design of heavy trucks for the Freightliner Corporation. He leads the Revs research team looking at the inner workings of the driver through physiological data synchronized with a suite of mechanical data from the vehicle.

Exploring Driver Psychophysiology

McKeel Hagerty, CEO, Hagerty Insurance

McKeel Hagerty restored his first car-a 1967 Porsche 911S-at age 13, igniting a passion for collector cars. He is chief executive of Hagerty Insurance, a family-run business headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan that is the largest insurer of classic and collector cars. Not only does he participate in the world’s greatest collector car events, including the Mille Miglia, the Colorado Grand, etc., he also serves on numerous boards, advisory groups and judges at a number of Concours. Hagerty helped establish the Collectors Foundation and the Historic Vehicle Association. He also publishes Hagerty magazine and appears regularly as a national media resource. Hagerty is an advisor to the Revs Program.

Lene Harbott, Research Associate

Lene has been at Stanford University since 2006, using electroencephalography (EEG) to investigate how brain activity is related to a person’s external environment. She is currently working with Professors Cliff Nass and Chris Gerdes to investigate driver’s physiological responses while interacting with a vehicle in a variety of different driving conditions. In this way Harbott is excited to be able to apply her extensive knowledge of neurophysiology to her love of cars, inherited from her automotive-fanatic father and grandfather. Growing up near the village of Silverstone (home of the British Grand Prix circuit) she spent her formative years watching both modern and classic car races and is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with some of the world’s most beautiful classic cars, as well as vehicles at the cutting edge of automotive innovation. She is directed by Professor Cliff Nass.

Exploring Driver Psychophysiology

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