2017 Television Commercial


Robert Cofield

Class of 2013, 2016
Current Position: Engineer, Tesla
Resides In: San Francisco Bay Area

“In the classroom, you learn the fundamentals, you learn the theory, learn how to do the analysis, but actually working in a research environment, you get to take that and put it into practice.”


Robert Cofield is a two-time Auburn graduate, earning a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2013, graduating with Phi Kappa Phi, and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2016. As an undergraduate, Cofield was a research assistant in the GPS and Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory, where he created graphical user interface (GUI) to debug and demonstrate sensor fusion algorithm for ground vehicle navigation; developed, tested and implemented graphical aid to assist convoy drivers in low visibility using differential GPS; and programmed autonomous miniature robot navigation algorithm as an integral part of a rapid development team. He served in the same lab as a navigation engineering research assistant throughout graduate school. Cofield also spent a semester in graduate school interning at the Honda Research Institute USA, Inc., in San Francisco. He started his job at Tesla, the California-based electronic car manufacturer founded by Elon Musk, a few months after graduation in 2016.


Robert Cofield posed sitting on a fence by a road.
TESLA charging stations in a parking lot.
Robert Cofield works on a laptop beside a wooden fence.
Last updated: 08/31/2017