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JB Straubel

Tesla
Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer
JB Straubel is the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) and Co-founder of Tesla, Inc., “the #1
Most Innovative Company in the World,” according to Forbes. At Tesla, JB manages the
technical direction and engineering design of the Tesla products including battery
technology, power electronics, motors, software, firmware and controls. Most of all, JB
also creates and manages many important Tesla ́s initiatives. First of all: Tesla Energy
business providing grid storage for commercial utilities and residential consumers.
Another: the worldwide Tesla Supercharger network of fast DC chargers. Finally: the
Tesla Gigafactory which is leading the way toward increasing worldwide battery
production and lowering the cost per kWh. Furthermore, he also has responsibility for
new technology evaluation, R&D, technical diligence review of key vendors, and
building partner relationships.

In addition to his work at Tesla, JB has also served on the Board of Directors for Solar
City, the leading US residential solar company, since their founding. Furthermore, he is a
lecturer at his alma mater, Stanford University. He created there and also teaches an
engineering class and lab focused on energy storage integration (CEE 176C) in the
Engineering Department. In 2017, JB has also co-founded Redwood Materials, a startup
focusing on advanced technology and process development for materials recycling,
remanufacturing, and reuse.

Since building his first electric golf cart at the age of just 14, JB has developed a lifelong
interest in electric vehicles; this includes solar car racing and building a hybrid trailer
system that he designed while he was still in college. He also rebuilt an Electric Porsche
944, and as a result it held a world EV racing record. Consequently, in 2008, the MIT
Technology Review chose JB as “#1 Innovator of 35 under 35 for the year”. Furthermore,
in 2009 DesignNews named him “Engineer of the Year”. Finally in 2015 he was listed as
#2 on Fortune’s 40 under 40 most influential business and innovation leaders. JB is an
inventor on over 30 patents covering most areas of Tesla’s core battery, motor and
controls systems.

He received a BS in Energy Systems Engineering and also an MS in Energy Engineering,
emphasis on energy conversion, both from Stanford University.