Rodney Roberts, Ph.D., received the 2018 Outstanding Contribution Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in recognition of his time, contributions and leadership in the organization, including positions as section vice president, secretary, associate editor and more. Specifically, Roberts is a leader in the organization’s areas of robotics and automation.
He has published over 150 research articles and holds four patents. His research has been funded by the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, the Army Research Lab, the Missile Defense Agency, the National Image and Mapping Agency, NASA, and NSF. He was a 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Scholar at the University of Macau where he did research on spatial compliance and fault tolerant manipulator design. He has also spent several summers working at the NASA, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Air Force research laboratories.