People

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

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 Professor 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.

Exploring Driver Psychophysiology

John Kegelman, Graduate Student, Dynamic Design Lab

John Kegelman is a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University in the Dynamic Design Lab under Professor Chris Gerdes.  He designs the sensing systems for the Revs Program vehicles with a focus on integrating inertial measurements, GPS, and video. As a teenager Kegelman repaired small engines to sustain his lawn care business.  He purchased his own car at sixteen and enjoyed the maintenance and repair projects that came with it, including a complete rebuild of the manual transmission.  
         

Exploring Driver Psychophysiology

Greg Kress, Graduate Student, Center for Design Research

Greg Kress is a designer, entrepreneur and Ph.D. Candidate in Mechanical Engineering in the Stanford Center for Design Research. His research activities include developing tools and methods to encourage radical creativity, modeling team cognition to predict design performance, and investigating trends in the future of the internet and society. Greg is the creator and project lead of the ME211 Remake: Design Restoration class, the co-founder of the Imaginary Lab, and a lecturer and coach for the capstone Masters course ME310: Global Design Innovation at Stanford University. He is a summa cum laude graduate of the Engineering Physics program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 

 

Cadillac ReMake: Design Lessons from Restoration , Re-Make: Design Restoration: Cadillac Design Restoration

Jackie Liao, Graduate Student, Dynamic Design Lab

Jackie Liao is a MS student in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University in the Dynamic Design Lab (DDL) under Professor Chris Gerdes.  He designs the sensing systems for the Revs Program vehicles with a focus on driver input measurements such as steering wheel angle, throttle, brake and clutch measurements. At the DDL, Liao works on projects including a modular electric vehicle, an active suspension module and an electric dynamometer. For the past two summers, he spent his time in Detroit developing objective tire metrics for Ford Motor Company.
         

Exploring Driver Psychophysiology

Michael T. Lynch, Researcher

Michael T. Lynch is an internationally known American author, journalist, and automotive historian, specializing in auto racing and high-end special interest automobiles. His byline has appeared in American periodicals including Road & Track, Automobile Magazine, Sports Car International, Cavallino Magazine, Forza, Vintage Motorsport and many others.  Lynch holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities and an M.B.A. degree in Finance and Marketing from Harvard University. He also has a Masters in Electronic Commerce from National University.

David Miller, PhD Candidate, Communication

Dave Miller's research interests are in designing products, services, and systems to influence human behavior in the areas of environmental sustainability and health.  Currently, he is researching how in-vehicle information displays can influence the mental models of driving efficiency and encourage drivers to drive in a more efficient manner.