|Born||Jeffrey Brian Straubel
December 20, 1975
Des Moines, Iowa, USA
|Residence||Menlo Park, California, USA|
|Alma mater||Stanford University, (B.S. 1998; M.S. 2000)|
|Occupation||engineer, Chief Technical Officer, businessman|
|Known for||CTO of Tesla Motors|
JB Straubel (born Jeffrey Brian Straubel, December 20, 1975) is part of the founding team and the Chief Technical Officer of Tesla Motors, an electric car company based in Palo Alto, California. At Tesla, Straubel oversees the technical and engineering design of the vehicles. Straubel also has responsibility for new technology evaluation, R&D, technical diligence review of key vendors and partners, IP, and systems validation testing.
In addition to his work at Tesla, Straubel is also on the Board of Directors for Solar City. He is also a lecturer at his alma mater, Stanford University, where he teaches the popular Energy Storage Integration class in the Atmosphere and Energy Program.
In 2008, Straubel was named to the MIT Technology Review TR35 as one of the top 35 innovators in the world under the age of 35. He spoke at MIT's Emtech conference on a panel on green transportation in Boston, MA in September 2008.
Straubel was honored to keynote the Stanford Alumni EDAY in July 2008. In July 2008, Straubel spoke on a transportation panel "Progression Toward EVs" at Plug In 2008. In early 2008, Stanford Magazine featured Straubel's role in growing the Stanford presence at Tesla Motors.
In September 2007, JB spoke on an energy panel titled "Clean, Secure, and Efficient Energy" at Stanford University along with former Secretary of State, George P. Shultz, where he emphasized the importance of education about climate change, and decreasing the CO2 intensity of our current energy production methods.
Prior to Tesla Motors, Straubel was the CTO and co-founder of Volacom along with Harold Rosen. Volacom worked closely with Burt Rutan at Scaled Composites to design a specialized high-altitude aircraft platform using a novel hydrogen-powered electric power plant. At Volacom, Straubel co-invented and patented the new long-endurance hybrid propulsion concept that was later licensed to Boeing.
Before Volacom, Straubel worked with Harold Rosen and Benjamin M. Rosen at Rosen Motors as a propulsion engineer developing a new hybrid vehicle drivetrain based on a micro turbine and a high-speed flywheel. Rosen Motors ultimately closed but both main technologies carried on with commercial success, the turbine at Capstone Turbine (CPST) and the flywheel at Pentadyne Power Corp. Straubel was part of the early team at Pentadyne where he designed and built a 1st generation 150 kW power inverter, motor-generator controls, and magnetic bearing systems.
In the area of technical expertise, Straubel has consulted with VC firms Taproot Ventures and Kleiner Perkins in addition to several other private equity investors to conduct technical diligence reviews for many start-ups in the energy and clean energy technologies category. Straubel also consults with Amory Lovins at the Rocky Mountain Institute.
Although he did not originally intend to work in the automobile industry, Straubel has had a long personal passion for electric vehicles, including building an Electric Porsche 944 that held a world EV racing record, a Custom Electric Bicycle, and a pioneering new Hybrid Trailer System that he designed while in college.
Outside of Tesla Motors, Straubel is also an accomplished pilot and holds private pilot, instrument and multi-engine ratings.
- Marsh, Ann, "BRIGHT IDEA: The Electric Company : How do you power a fast car without gas? With a really big battery", Stanford Magazine, Stanford University, January/February 2008
- US 8803471, Sarah G. Stewart, Scott Ira Kohn, Russell Kelty & Jeffrey Brian Straubel, "Electric vehicle extended range hybrid battery pack system"
- "Tesla Motors". Tesla Motors. Retrieved 2011-09-24.
- U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) (2010-01-29). "Tesla Motors, Inc. Registration Statement on Form S-1 filed with the SEC". Retrieved 2010-10-22.
- "2008 Young Innovators Under 35". Technology Review. 2008. Retrieved August 15, 2011.
- Kevin Bullis, "2008 Young Innovator: JB Straubel, 32," Technology Review.
- TR Editors, "CNET Reports from EmTech08," Technology Review (September 24, 2008).
- "Stanford School of Engineering - EDAY08 schedule". Stanford University. Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2013-07-09.
- "Plug-In 2008 Conference Agenda". Archived from the original on 2008-07-21. Retrieved 2013-07-09.
- ANN MARSH, "The Electric Company," Stanford Magazine (2009).
- Sally Benson, Paul Ehrlich, Fred Krupp, George Shultz and JB Straubel with Amy Goodman, "Clean, Secure, and Efficient Energy: Can We Have It All?," Aurora Forum at Stanford University (September 5, 2007).
- Don Kazak, "Shultz to speak on energy panel at Stanford," Palo Alto Online (September 4, 2007).
- Time4.com: Straubel featured.
- "DESIGN West Keynotes". UBM Electronics.
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