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Zhida Xu

Zhida Xu

Sr. autopilot camera engineer | Tesla | Class of 2011

We say Illinois, Zhida Xu says ... Beckman Institute.

That’s “where I did exciting research work,” says Tesla’s senior autopilot camera engineer, who earned his master’s (2011) and Ph.D. (2014) in electrical and computer engineering at Illinois.

“Beckman Institute is an interdisciplinary research institute with scholars from very different academic fields such as math, biology, engineering and computer science. It was a very enjoyable and beneficial experience to communicate and collaborate with these great minds that are very different from myself.

“New ideas can come from anywhere and at any time, with all kinds of possibilities. The days I studied and worked at Beckman Institute — and the people I met there — are unforgettable."