Red Whittaker

Red Whittaker

Red Whittaker

Chairman and Chief Science Officer
Astrobotic

Red Whittaker, the Fredkin Professor of Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, is referred to as the "Father of Field Robotics" for pioneering contributions to fielded, mobile, autonomous robots.  He is known worldwide for developing robots that work in unpredictable environments like planetary surfaces, mines and damaged nuclear reactors.  Whittaker  led the Tartan Race Team that won a $2 million DARPA driverless challenge  and spawned the intelligent car industry.  He founded the National Robotics Engineering Center. Whittaker is the founder and chairman of Astrobotic Technology, which is delivering 10 lunar payloads and rovers from seven nations to the moon. Science Digest named him one of the top 100 U.S innovators for his work in robotics, and Fortune named him a "Hero of U.S. Manufacturing.”  Whittaker is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.  His recognitions and honors include the Teare, Perlis, Engelberger, Metcalf and Heinz History Awards, and the Newell Medal for Research Excellence, the Ramos Medal for Systems Excellence, the Columbia Medal for aerospace achievement, and the Feigenbaum Prize for his contributions to machine intelligence.