Sam Kherat manages Caterpillar’s Pittsburgh Automation Center. Dr. Kherat’s research relates to the automation of earthmoving machines and serves as Caterpillar’s Autonomy Spokesperson. Dr. Kherat has extensive background in autonomous excavation, mining systems, and specializes in robotics and control theory. He was project manager for Caterpillar’s contribution to Carnegie Mellon University artan Racing Team’s first place finish in the DARPA Urban Challenge. Dr. Kherat is also Adjunct Faculty at the Robotics Institute and teaches Advanced Controls at the Electrical and Computer Engineering at CMU. Dr. Sam Kherat received his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois (1987) and his Ph.D (1994) in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.