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.


  • CheshireKitty

    Bravo!

    • Arthur

      Musk experiments on Children. Do you want Greeks to be associated with an evil atheist like Musk????…..don’t be cry babies in the future and tell me that I did not warn you.

  • Alexandros

    Well done Mr. Laskaris. You give Greeks 1 more reason to be proud and keep you as an example for progress. Although i remember 3-4 years ago that greek students from Crete , have designed a car with hydrogen as fuel? or water? and another one with solar panels? I wonder why these inventions were hidden. Unless i am crazy and mistaken…..

    • Arthur

      Konstantinos Laskaris…Tesla’s top master debater….holds the record for jacking up and then jacking 0ff a Tesla six times in one hour….all without the use of SAE approved lubricants.

  • Mike Pikaccu

    another capable engineer (and scientist) who had to leave his country to be appreciated. this is not 1 more reason to be proud. this is 1 more reason to be sad that achievements like Mr Laskaris are impossible to happen in Greece and that the rest of the world is better equipped to put his knowledge into good use. Well done to him of course, not his fault that brilliant people are rarely appreciated in this country

  • Chris

    Respect to Mr. Laskaris for achieving the dream of working at tesla!

    • Arthur

      TESLA….the company that sits and waits for the personal electronics industry to make future advancements…and then it pilfers these.

      Konstantinos Laskaris…Tesla’s top master debater….holds the record for jacking up and then jacking 0ff a Tesla six times in one hour….all without the use of SAE approved lubricants.

  • Arthur

    TESLA….the company that sits and waits for the personal electronics industry to make future advancements…and then it pilfers these.

  • Arthur

    The powerful electric motor and power inverter stuffed under the kids seats in the Model S is an experiment on children. It is not a question of “Is it bad?” It is only a question of “How bad is it and for what duration of exposure?”

    I have had BEV engineers admit to me that there is a health risk….but somehow they don’t feel a warning label should be used because it would kill off the BEV sales. I have had automobile company CEO’s admit that there is a health problem with these powerful electro-magnetic fields….and they even warned TESLA.

    This Greek Konstantinos is knowingly and willingly experimenting on little ones, stuffing an electric motor more powerful than 400 swimming pool pumps under the rear seats…with no effective shielding. He is the worst type of a murderer….one that targets children.