Ken Washington

Vice President Research and Advanced Engineering

Appointed in August 2014, Washington leads Ford’s worldwide research organization, overseeing the development and implementation of the company’s technology strategy and plans.

Prior to joining Ford, he was vice president of the Space Technology Advanced Research and Development Laboratories at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. At Lockheed he was responsible for leading an organization of approximately 700 scientists and engineers in performing research and development in space science and related R&D. Ken also previously served as the vice president and chief technology officer for the Lockheed Martin internal IT organization, where he was responsible for shaping the future of the corporation’s information technology enterprise.

Jim Buczkowski

Henry Ford Technical Fellow and Director, Electrical and Electronic Systems

Jim is a 35 year veteran of Ford Motor Company and currently a Henry Ford Technical Fellow and Director for electronic systems in Ford Research, one of only three currently holding the Technical Fellow title in Ford.

Jim’s key contributions include helping lead Ford’s efforts in connectivity, launching the Sync and MyFord Touch connectivity systems and developing and launching Ford’s common global electrical system architecture. He currently focuses his attention on bringing innovation to Ford from not only Silicon Valley but also recognized innovative sources in Israel and around the world. Jim is also on the Consumer Electronics Associations Board of Industry Leaders and represents Automotive Electronics and the Auto Industry.

Mike Whitens

Director, Vehicle & Enterprise Sciences

Mike is the Global Director for Ford’s Vehicle and Enterprise Sciences, Ford’s Research and Innovation Center. An automotive industry veteran with over 29 years of experience Mike has spent the majority of his career at Ford Motor Company in various Body Engineering disciplines.

Previously, Mike served as Engineering Director responsible for leading Global Ford Body Interior Engineering. He is a recognized industry leader in the development of automotive interiors he and his teams have received various industry technical awards (PACE, Society of Plastic Engineers etc.), as well as numerous patents for component innovation, new material development and interior execution.

Terry Haggerty

Chief Engineer, Research & Advanced Engineering, Electrical & Electronics Systems Engineering

Terry is responsible for the research and advanced electrical engineering organization including work on connectivity, in-vehicle infotainment, power generation and storage, and a broad range of advanced features and enabling technologies. He also has overall management responsibility for the Research & Innovation Center in Palo Alto.

Before joining the research organization, he spent 20 years in the forward model Electrical organization delivering features and technologies like electrical architecture, network communications, body & security systems, driver assistance features, power supply and energy management solutions, and many more.

Dragos Maciuca

Senior Technical Leader, Ford Research & Innovation Center, Palo Alto

Dragos is an experienced engineer and management professional, who joined Ford in 2015 from Apple where he worked on several critical iPhone features. He has more than 15 years of professional experience in Silicon Valley spanning a breadth of industries including automotive, consumer electronics, semiconductor manufacturing and aerospace.

As senior technical leader for innovation, he is charted with the growth of the research lab in Palo Alto and brings extensive Silicon Valley experience advising startups, developing and commercializing products, collaborating with universities and leading cross-functional teams

K. Venkatesh Prasad

Senior Technical Leader for Open Innovation, Ford Motor Company

Prasad, working with his colleagues, developed the business plan for the Ford Silicon Valley Lab, that was the genesis of what is now Ford Research & Innovation Center - Palo Alto.

His role is to foster open innovation: the coupling of the great talent and innovations within Ford, to the limitless innovators outside of the company, to increase the pace and potency of creating personal mobility solutions, that are exciting and sustainable, while enabling Ford to contribute to a better world.

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Sudipto Aich

Principal Researcher

Sudipto's interest lies in the intersection of ubiquitous computing and human machine interaction, one that spans from automotive open source to self-driving cars. Prior to moving to the Ford Silicon Valley lab, he worked on several active safety driver assist and new driver interaction features at Ford’s Research Center in Dearborn, MI.

Sudipto has a Mechanical Engineering degree, and a Masters in Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech. He is a huge motorsports fan and can watch 24 straight hours of Le Mans. In his spare time he is trying to improve his woodworking skills.

Jamel Seagraves

Product Development Engineer

Jamel is interested in advanced vehicle controls and interactive driver assist systems. While previously working in Dearborn, he did test automation for active safety features, headed up development projects for new vehicle control technologies, and led engine calibration of new features.

Jamel received a Mechanical Engineering degree from Stanford University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Software Engineering from Penn State. As much as he loves driving cars, he maintains a passion for fitness and music. A healthy body and mind help this engineer keep his foot planted on the gas pedal.

Chih-Wei Tang

Mechatronics Engineer

Chih-Wei graduated from Stanford University with a Master in Mechanical Engineering focusing on the mechatronics. He is interested in the future of automotive technology, especially autonomous driving, alternative powertrain, and integration of mobile devices in automobiles.

Chih-Wei grew up in Taiwan and also received his Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He also spent one year in Germany at Technical University Munich as an exchange student during which he picked up German and toured around Europe.

Outside of work, he enjoys traveling in the country and abroad, as well as reading to get to know more about this world.

Harpreet Banvait

Embedded Software Engineer

Harpreet is interested in building intelligent and advanced vehicle systems. Before coming to SVL he worked in Dearborn in research and advanced engineering to develop driver interactive features which enhance user experience and performance of vehicles using model based development and rapid prototyping tools.

He received his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue University where he worked on several projects including model based design of an Energy management system of PHEV and development of diagnostic system for Li-ion batteries. He likes to follow formula-1, football and cricket. He also enjoys going outdoors and learning more about the world that surrounds us, time permitting.

Jinesh Jain

Research Scientist

Jinesh's interests lie in the areas of multi-modal Signal Processing, Machine Learning and Data Analytics with applications towards Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, Connected Cars and Autonomous Driving. Jinesh graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas, with a Masters in Electrical Engineering specializing in Signal Processing. His graduate research was focused on Driver Distraction modelling.

Jinesh grew up in Bangalore, India and completed his undergraduate in Electronics and Communication at PES Institute of Technology, Bangalore. When taking a break from work, Jinesh loves playing sports like volleyball and cricket. He enjoys hiking, sailing and has a passion for travelling and learning about new cultures.

Chuck Nagi

Operations Manager

Chuck is responsible for keeping the Ford Silicon Valley Lab up and running, from facilities, to personnel, to outreach. Chuck has worked in numerous technical and planning positions prior to joining the Silicon Valley Lab, including embedded software development, software tools for engineers, vehicle architectures, research portfolio management and public relations activities.

Chuck has a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University and a Masters Degree in Systems Engineering from Oakland University, which focused on microcomputer control systems. He enjoys spending time with family including his wife, Therese, daughter Katie, and son William. He devotes any spare time to fish for largemouth bass, and hunt for Sasquatch.