Red is the father of field robotics.
His firsts include autonomous driving, nuclear accident cleanup, robotic excavation, tractor automation, mine truck automation, and space exploration. These breakthroughs transformed beliefs, established new disciplines, impacted the world and seeded great futures. His win of a driverless car race ignited the automotive automation industry.
At CMU, Red founded the Field Robotics Center and the National Robotics Engineering Center, spun off companies and spawned generations of roboticists.
Red is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and has received the Feigenbaum Prize, Ramo Medal and Columbia Medal, Newell Award for Research Excellence, Engelberger Award, Metcalf Award, and the Heinz Medal of Science & Innovation.
Red earned his PhD degree at Carnegie Mellon University in 1975 and his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in 1973. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is the Founders University Research Professor at Carnegie Mellon and the Chairman and Chief Science Officer for Astrobotic, Inc.