Sterling Anderson


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

PhD, Mechanical Engineering

Major emphasis: Robotics/Controls

Minor emphasis: Strategy (MIT Sloan)

Thesis: Constraint-Based Navigation for Safe, Shared Control of Ground Vehicles

Adviser: Dr. Karl Iagnemma

Committee: Prof. John Leonard, Prof. Emilio Frazzoli


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

SM, Mechanical Engineering

Thesis: A Unified Framework for Trajectory Planning, Threat Assessment, and Semi-Autonomous Control of Passenger Vehicles

Adviser: Dr. Karl Iagnemma


Brigham Young University

BS, Mechanical Engineering, summa cum laude

Advisers: Prof. Larry Howell, Prof. Brian Jensen, Prof. Tracy Nelson



Senior Program Manager

Tesla Motors


Responsible to Elon Musk for the Model X: a revolutionary new vehicle platform designed, developed, and manufactured by ~10,000 of the world's best artists, engineers, logisticians, and craftsmen/women.

Engagement Manager

McKinsey & Company


• Industry focus on auto and aerospace

• Functional focus on strategy and product development


McKinsey & Company


• Industry focus on eCommerce, tech, and telecom

• Functional focus on strategy, operations, and organization

Principal and Co-Founder

Gimlet Systems


• Developed business strategy, oversaw technology development, and managed partner relationships with military and civilian customers

Graduate Researcher

MIT Robotic Mobility Group


• Invented a patented planning and control framework for motion planning, threat assessment, and shared-adaptive or autonomous control of passenger vehicles

• Worked with a team of engineers and project managers from MIT and Ford Motor Corporation to validate this framework via 800 experimental trials with 8 different human drivers on a Jaguar S-Type

• Developed and experimentally demonstrated an unmanned variant of this framework in 1,200 experimental trials with over 20 human teleoperators on an outdoor course, eliminating 78% of human-caused collisions while simultaneously increasing average velocities by 26%, and boosting operator confidence by 58%

• Work secured over $1.8 million in research funding

Product Design Engineer

MIT Precision Machine Design Team


• Worked with a team of doctors and engineers to develop an inexpensive, single-use device that completely eliminates fogging and obstruction of the distal end of a laparoscope during minimally-invasive surgical procedures

• Presented the product, its clinical need, and potential cost savings to doctors, medical device professionals, and potential investors at the 2010 ASME Design of Medical Devices Conference, winning best paper in conference and grand prize in the presentation competition (see Communication)

Management Consultant

MIT Venture Mentoring Service


• Devised a market-launch strategy to strategically position this startup's disruptive display technology

• Presented an actionable go-to-market plan to senior management

• Company subsequently named to the 2011 Red Herring Top 100 based on financial performance, technology innovation, quality of management, execution of strategy, and integration into its industry. Alumni of this list include Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Skype, Yahoo, eBay, and

Research Assistant

BYU Compliant Mechanisms Research Group


• Designed a fully-compliant, bistable acceleration sensor capable of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) for acceleration-sensing and shock-history applications

• Designed a damped ortho-planar spring that offers significant size and performance advantages when compared to traditional spring-damper systems (see Communication)

Design Engineer

The Boeing Company


• Developed a design method that reduces standard tool redesign by 80% by integrating tool design, stress analysis, and model generation

• Demonstrated design process by redesigning tooling for a new aircraft derivative (Boeing 747-800), achieving full manufacturing process compatibility with minimal infrastructure modification (see Other Awards)

• Presented tool redesign method to senior management, leading to a fundamental shift in tool redesign process that is still in use today



MIT VentureShips


• Organized consulting teams consisting of engineering and business school students and matched these teams with participating early-stage startups

• Coached student teams and oversaw collaboration between student teams and startups

Executive Board Member


MIT Science and Engineering Business Club (now the Sloan Business Club)

• Directed informational and networking events related to technology and entrepreneurship for the largest business club at MIT (over 1,300 active members including undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows across all schools)

Assistant to the President


Ecuador, Guayaquil South Mission

• Managed 180 international full-time volunteers stationed throughout Southern Ecuador

• Established performance metrics and set mission-wide goals while overseeing 16 direct reports

• Managed mission zoning and the allocation of mission resources and missionaries, assigned lower-level leadership, and oversaw regular rotations among the missionaries to promote individual growth and support mission goals

• Held regular leadership training conferences and community outreach events


• First Author of nine leading conference publications - three of which were awarded best in conference - and three international journal publications

• Winner of the 2010 ASME Design of Medical Devices (DMD) presentation competition. DMD is a premier medical device conference with over 1,100 attendees and 140 speakers from academia and industry

• Winner of the MIT Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity Student Seminar Series (2009)

• Winner of the ASME International Design Engineering Conference Best Paper Award (2008)

• Invited speaker at various companies and industry fora, including Google (2012), IQPC (2012), The Mathworks (2010), Boeing (2006), and the Center for Friction-Stir Processing (2004-5)

• Fluent in Spanish - oral and written

Other Awards

• First Inventor on three patents, second inventor on one (pending)

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow - prestigious, 3-year graduate fellowship awarded to <200 students nationally each year (2007-2010)

Tau Beta Pi Fellow - awarded for outstanding scholarship and exemplary character (2007-08)

Barry M. Goldwater Scholar - most prestigious award in U.S. for undergraduates in the sciences (2006-07)

Tau Beta Pi Scholar - awarded for high scholarship, campus leadership, and engineering potential (2006-07)

Karl G. Maeser Scholar - awarded for demonstrated commitment to service (2006-07)

Pride at Boeing Award - for exemplary contribution to the 787 rudder tool (2006)

Brigham Young University International DanceSport American Cha-Cha Event: 2nd Place (out of 256) (2005)

Eagle Scout (1996)


  • Catia
  • SolidWorks
  • Unigraphics
  • MasterCam
  • Alibre Design
  • Matlab
  • Simulink
  • LabView
  • Visual Basic, C++
  • Algor FEMPRO
  • OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista/7
  • Linux (limited)
  • MS Office (all)
  • etc.