Dr. Sam Kherat is Adjunct Professor at Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, responsible for robotics and other mechanical engineering courses. He joined Caterpillar, Inc. in 1996. Dr. Kherat helped found and was appointed Manager of Caterpillar’s automation center in Pittsburgh, PA, in November 2007. Prior to that, Dr. Kherat has been technical lead for Automation and Robotics programs including automated mining trucks, cycle planning, underground mining automation, and automated excavation. He was Caterpillar’s Project Manager for the DARPA Grand Challenges and the 2007 Urban Challenge won by the Caterpillar-Carnegie Mellon University team. 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.