Sterling Anderson


Director of Autopilot Programs

Tesla Motors

Nov 2015 - Present

Accelerating the world's transition to safe, sustainable, intelligent transportation. Reporting to the CEO.
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Senior Staff Program (Product) Manager

Tesla Motors

Dec 2014 - Jul 2016

Led the company-wide design, development and launch of the Model X: the safest, quickest, most advanced sport utility vehicle ever built.
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Engagement Manager

McKinsey & Company

Mar - Dec 2014

• Industry focus on auto and aerospace

• Functional focus on strategy and product development


McKinsey & Company

Jan 2013 - Feb 2014

• Industry focus on eCommerce, tech, and telecom

• Functional focus on strategy, operations, and organization

Principal and Co-Founder

Gimlet Systems

Sep 2012 - Jan 2013

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

Graduate Researcher

MIT Robotic Mobility Group

Aug 2007 - Dec 2012

• Invented a patented planning and control framework for motion planning, threat assessment, and shared-adaptive or autonomous control of passenger vehicles. Validated in over 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, improving human performance by over 30% and eliminating 78% of human-caused collisions

• Work secured over $1.8 million in sponsorship agreements

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Management Consultant

MIT Venture Mentoring Service

Feb - Jun 2008

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

• 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


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



Team Lead

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

Other Awards

• First Inventor on three patents

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)

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.