Tesla’s Lead Motor Engineer Is Greek

MGANDY_Tesla_Kostis20131015_016-1190The Principal Motor Designer at Tesla Motors, the electric luxury cars maker, is Greek. Meet Konstantinos Laskaris.

Since 2012, Laskaris is lead designer at Tesla Motors in Silicon Valley, California. There, he implements new technologies for the electric cars of the future.

It comes as no surprise that Tesla, the EV trailblazer, spends a considerable amount of resources on internal R&D to develop better parts for EVs, and that its testing facilities and engineering talent are at the forefront of the industry.

“As Tesla’s Principal Motor Designer, Konstantinos Laskaris is responsible for the electromechanical design and optimization of the company’s existing and future traction motors,” wrote Charged EVs, a magazine specializing in electric vehicles, calling Laskaris “Tesla’s motor guru.”

Laskaris received his diploma from the National Technical University of Athens in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He continued his studies at the Imperial College in London, where he got his diploma and master’s degree in 2002 and 2004 respectively. He worked in Greece as an electrical engineer and returned, three years later, to NTUA to follow his true passion, get a PhD in electrical engineering systems of high performance.

His research interests include customizing and modelling of permanent magnet synchronous motors, induction motors and synchronous reluctance motors using the finite element method, as well as developing methods of multicriteria optimization using supercomputers.

From 2008 to 2011 he was Head and Co-founder of “Prometheus” team in NTUA, a team that consists mainly of undergraduate students, and takes part in fuel economy contests with the prototype electric vehicle “Pyrforos.” The “Prometheus” team broke Greece’s record eight times and took the 7th place in Europe with “Pyrforos” traveling with 360km/kWh.

Konstantinos Laskaris has also worked in education, as a laboratory partner in NTUA and Technical Education Institute of Piraeus, teaching the science of electric engines to undergraduate students.