Research interests include: Crash avoiding and autonomous vehicles, applications of smartphones apps for Intelligent Transportation Systems, IOT and medical devices, SmartGrid, and Maker-methods in education.
Clark Hochgraf, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering Technology Department. He is also a co-founder of Fast Forward Recovery, LLC a technology company that helps people to recover more quickly from traumatic brain injuries such as stroke.
He joined RIT in 2008 and was previously the Systems Engineering and Electrical Engineering Supervisor for General Motors Research and Development. As an engineer in industry, he worked on polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell vehicles, distributed power generation, and megawatt scale-inverters that controlled the grid voltage on the electric power system.
He is a certified MIT Master Trainer in Educational Mobile Computing and has trained NYC High school STEM teachers, college students, and community members to create smartphone apps.
He has served as an active member of several professional organizations including; the International Council on Systems Engineering Fingerlakes Chapter President, UL 1741 and UL 1778 Standards Technical Panel Member; IEEE p1547 Interconnection of Distributed Resources Standards Development Group Writing committee member; IEEE and ASEE. Hochgraf has been received awards including the Westinghouse Signature Award, the Grainger Outstanding Power Engineering Student Award and was a Teaching Assistant Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“I'm an engineer, educator, and tinkerer. A few years back I needed a touch interface for a project and became hooked on making smartphone apps using MIT App Inventor. Since then, I've used App Inventor to teach Making and Design Thinking to High school teachers, colleges students, and members of the community. (
“My research goal is to shorten the time it takes to achieve a world where cars don’t crash. This involves both the application of technologies and the development of societal acceptance. Deployment of crash-less cars will enable significant reductions in energy consumption, human suffering, and material waste.”