Senior Power Systems Engineer, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX)
Member, ECE Board of Advisors
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Dr. Christopher Mayhew is a Senior Power Systems Engineer at Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) in Hawthorne, California, where he is responsible for many aspects of the design, analysis, and simulation of the electrical power systems on the rockets and spacecraft manufactured by SpaceX. Prior to joining SpaceX in early 2014, Dr. Mayhew was a Research Engineer at the Bosch Research and Technology Center in Palo Alto, CA for four years, where he designed and validated sophisticated estimation algorithms used in next-generation battery management systems and those of production electric vehicles.
Dr. Mayhew graduated with high honors from the University of California, Riverside, where he received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He went on to receive his M.S. and PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2008 and 2010, respectively, where his research at the intersection of topology and control theory illuminated fundamental limitations of classical paradigms in control systems and developed new methods to break topological gridlocks that were previously impassable.
The backbone of Dr. Mayhew’s expertise is applied stability theory for control and estimation of complex systems, multi-domain control-oriented modeling, and numerical methods for optimization, control design, and system identification. He has a tangible passion for learning and jumps at new opportunities to deeply understand engineering problems through his unique holistic viewpoint. Likewise, Dr. Mayhew’s love for teaching is evident in his enthusiasm for communicating everything from fundamental theoretical topics to practical lessons learned in an application setting to all interested ears.