Jeff Rupp

Chief Technical Officer, Chief Safety Officer

Jeff Rupp is the Chief Technical Officer and Chief Safety Officer of the American Center for Mobility (ACM) at Willow Run in Michigan.

He oversees the creation and execution of validation strategies for connected and automated vehicles (CAV), supporting infrastructure and product development technologies, as well as standards related to the CAV ecosystem.  In this role Jeff also serves as the Principal Investigator for a US Department of Energy (DOE) research grant investigating fuel efficient platooning of automated vehicles in mixed highway environments.

Prior to joining ACM, Jeff advised start-up companies in Silicon Valley in the development and operation of autonomous ground vehicles.

Before his time in Silicon Valley, Jeff was a member of Ford Motor Company’s research division.  As a senior leader in the division, he established and led the first organizational unit dedicated to active safety research and development, creating three generations of new accident avoidance technologies with first production implementation in 2007.  He led the team that developed Ford’s first fully autonomous vehicle, and he participated in all the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) automated vehicle Grand and Urban Challenges from 2004 thru 2007.

Jeff has been granted 20 US patents in the area of safety including vehicle autonomy, accident avoidance, and crash injury mitigation, and led engineering and development of the 5-star safety systems of the 50th Anniversary Ford Mustang.

He is the author of “Autonomous Driving – A Practical Roadmap” and has been recognized as a subject matter expert with such awards as the Vincent Bendix Automotive Electronics Engineering Award; the Society of Plastics Engineers Grand Award, Safety Award, and Vehicle Engineering Team Award; and the Trevor O. Jones Award at SAE Convergence.

Jeff earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor and holds a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from Wayne State University.