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Chris Ihrke

Chris Ihrke

Staff Engineer - General Motors

Chris Ihrke is a Staff Engineer responsible for global robotics standards at General Motors.  Chris has degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Stanford University.  In over 25 years at General Motors, Chris has taken leading roles in the globalization of GM's robot standards, the application of new robot technology, and the deployment of thousands of industrial robots within GM.  Highlights of Chris's career at General Motors include contributing to the GM/NASA partnership that resulted in Robonaut 2, the first humanoid robot in space, and RoboGlove, a wearable robotic grasp assist technology.  Prior to his current assignment, Chris led the development and deployment of the first collaborative robot applications to be adopted in General Motors assembly plants.