Chris Ihrke is a Staff Manufacturing Engineer responsible for Global Robotic Standards at General Motors. In over 25 years at GM, Chris has taken leading roles in the deployment of thousands of industrial robots in manufacturing, globalization of GM’s robotic standards, and application of new robotic technologies. Chris was a key member of the joint GM-NASA engineering team that designed Robonaut 2, the first humanoid robot in space. Robonaut 2 and another commercial spinoff technology, the Roboglove grasp assist device, have both been awarded US Government Inventions of the Year. Chris holds 26 patents in advanced robotic technology and has co-authored multiple technical papers in the field. Chris received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, and a Master’s Degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Stanford University.