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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 businesses in San Francisco and Detroit.

Understanding Corrosion and Preservation of Automobile Surfaces

d.school: Understanding Superfans and Their Heroes, 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

Peter Mangiafico, Product Manager, Stanford Libraries

Peter Mangiafico is a Product Manager for the Revs Program in the Digital Library Systems and Services group.  He is working on digitizing and making materials from the Revs Institute and the Revs Program available to researchers and the general public. He has recently worked on projects with Visionlearning, the Marine Biological Lab in Woods Hole, MA, Harvard University, and the Advent of Complex Life NASA Astrobiology team.  He worked for several years on the Encyclopedia of Life project, and has previously worked as a software engineer, project manager, high school teacher, and NASA researcher.

The Revs Digital Library

Robert Schwarzwalder, Associate University Librarian for Engineering & Science Libraries, Stanford University Libraries

Bob Schwarzwalder manages the digital library IT division as well as seven of Stanford’s six science and engineering libraries. He has held administrative positions in libraries and information centers in academia and industry. In a former position, Schwarzwalder managed Ford Motor Company’s global library system and developed an information research group focused on text mining, competitive intelligence systems and imbedding information technologies into vehicles. He has served on advisory boards for several publishers and database producers and has done consulting work with engineering societies, database producers and U.S. companies.  Schwarzwalder is overseeing the digitization of the Revs Institute archives and the creation of a digital library for the Revs Institute and development of the new Revs Program website.
         

The Revs Digital Library

Adele Tanaka, Program Manager

Adele Tanaka is the Program Manager for the Revs Program at Stanford and the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS.)  Before Revs and CARS, she was on a special project with the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences.  Prior to Stanford, she was with IBM where she held positions in administration and technical marketing.  One day she hopes to replace her beloved van with something a little more exciting but for now she lives vicariously through the race cars the Revs Program instruments.