Grads in Academia Q & A

The students associated with the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines are tomorrow’s leading robotics innovators. One manifestation of their success after graduation is shown by the students that go on to hold faculty positions in academia.

In the fall of 2008, the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines (IRIM) worked closely with the Colleges of Computing and Engineering at Georgia Tech to launch the nation's first truly interdisciplinary doctoral degree in robotics, producing its first cohort of graduates in 2013. At the same time, other students affiliated with IRIM choose to focus their research on robotics, yet earn Ph.D. degrees in related disciplines, such as Electrical Engineering or Computer Science. To date, over 20 of our graduates are pursuing successful careers as faculty members and several others preparing to graduate already have received offers.

Here are 10 examples of Georgia Tech robotics graduates changing the robotics landscape through a career in higher education and sharing their perspectives and advice.