Meet The Team
Jeff RuppChief Technical Officer, Chief Safety Officer
Jeff Rupp is the chief technical officer of ACM overseeing industry-leading testing strategies and directing the technical capabilities and programs of the Center.
Prior to joining ACM Rupp served as a member of the passive safety systems engineering team within Ford Motor Company. As a senior level member of the division, he was responsible for developing and certifying crash safety system designs and performance. As the sole individual in Ford Motor Company, globally, with both technical and managerial depth in active and passive safety, Rupp was integral to the team developing world first mono-vision, side pre-crash activated restraint systems and test methodologies.
Before his time with the passive safety systems engineering team, Rupp was a member of Ford Motor Company’s research division directly supporting the Volvo and Lincoln car brand groups with automated driving, collision avoidance and crash mitigation technology. During this time, he established and led the first organizational unit dedicated to active safety research and development, creating three generations of new accident avoidance technologies with initial implementation in 2007.
Jeff’s experience also includes advising start-up companies in Silicon Valley, developing corporate safety policies and product safety strategies for fully autonomous and electric vehicles. He has been cited as a subject matter expert in publications like WIRED Magazine and has served on various panels and committees sharing his expertise related to autonomous vehicles.
Jeff earned his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor and holds a Master of Science in Engineering Management and Systems Engineering from Wayne State University.