Christopher Kitts, Associate Dean, School of Engineering; Director, Robotic Systems Laboratory; Professor, Dept of Mechanical Engineering; Faculty Director, Ciocca Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Santa Clara University
Christopher is an academic entrepreneur. He is a believer in highly authentic, as real world as you can get educational experiences. He started and currently directs a field robotics program that designs, fabricates, deploys, and operates real, field grade robotic systems and technologies. They not only engineer the systems, but operate them to create value for their clients, work as a business enterprise, compete against other companies in the marketplace, and provide services to clients for periods longer than a decade!