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Josué García Ávila
Ph.D. Student in Mechanical Engineering, admitted Summer 2022
BioJosué García-Ávila, a highly accomplished individual from Guerrero, Mexico, boasts a strong educational background, having earned a Bachelor's degree in Mechatronics Engineering from Universidad Anáhuac and a Master’s degree in Manufacturing Systems from Tecnológico de Monterrey. As a graduate student in the Advanced Manufacturing Research Group, Josué excelled and was recognized with an academic scholarship from the National Council of Science and Technology of Mexico (CONACyT).
Josué's expertise in the field of engineering is further highlighted by his successful career in the automotive industry, where he worked as a Sr. Manufacturing Engineer (Machining & Assembly) at Bocar Group for several years. In addition to his professional achievements, Josué also demonstrated his commitment to making a positive impact, having lived in Costa Rica for two years where he dedicated himself to humanitarian work.
His passion for innovation and technology shines through in his current research interests, which include exploring the data-driven mechanics of architected, multifunctional, sustainable, soft, and stretchable materials to create mimetic artificial living matter for biomedical applications and beyond. His impressive research accomplishments are evidenced by his first-author publications.
Josué's dedication to his field and drive for success has not gone unnoticed. He has been awarded the EDGE Doctoral Fellowship, by nomination of the graduate admissions committee and most recently awarded the prestigious Claudio X. Gonzalez Graduate Fellowship to pursue PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the prestigious Stanford School of Engineering.
Researcher, Mechanical Engineering - Design
Staff, Mechanical Engineering - Design
BioXiao Ge is a researcher in Center for Design Research, Mechanical Engineering and Psychology Departments.
For more, visit: https://web.stanford.edu/~xiaog/
+ Postdoc in Psychology, Stanford, 2021/12 - 2022/12
+ PhD in Design Science, Mech Engineering, Stanford, 2016 - 2022/01
+ M.S. in Design Methodology, Mech Engineering, Stanford, 2010 - 2012
+ B.Eng. in Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, 2006 - 2010
Xiao Ge worked as an Innovation consultant to develop, launch and run systematic human-centered innovation programs in industry (2012 - 2015). During her PhD (2016-2022), she adopted theories and methods from social psychology, cultural psychology and learning sciences to understand how engineers learn new ways of thinking and doing to engender enduring creative behaviors. Her dissertation work investigated the constructive role of emotion in the learning process of design. In recent years, Xiao has also been investigating how culture underpins the processes of creativity, as well as how people's interactions with artificial intelligence technologies are socioculturally constructed.
J. Christian Gerdes
Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Emeritus
BioChris Gerdes is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University and Co-Director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS). His laboratory studies how cars move, how humans drive cars and how to design future cars that work cooperatively with the driver or drive themselves. When not teaching on campus, he can often be found at the racetrack with students, trying out their latest prototypes for the future. Vehicles in the lab include X1, an entirely student-built test vehicle; Niki, a Volkswagen GTI capable of turning a competitive lap time around the track without a human driver; and Marty, our electrified, automated, drifting DeLorean. Chris' interests in vehicle safety extend to ethics and government policy, having helped to develop the US Federal Automated Vehicle Policy while serving as the first Chief Innovation Officer of the US Department of Transportation.