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  • Sam Kherat, PhD
  • Adjunct Professor of Robotics, Founder of Caterpillar’s Pittsburgh Automation Center
  • Eureka College

Dr. Sam Kherat is Adjunct Professor of Robotics at Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois. He worked for Caterpillar, Inc. for two decades starting in 1996 where he was founding Manager of Caterpillar’s automation center in Pittsburgh, PA. Prior to that, Dr. Kherat has been technical lead for Automation and Robotics programs including automated mining trucks, cycle planning, underground mining automation, and automated excavation. He was Caterpillar’s Project Manager for the DARPA Grand Challenges and the 2007 Urban Challenge won by the Caterpillar-Carnegie Mellon University team.


Dr. Sam Kherat received his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois (1987) and his Ph.D (1994) in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.