Emeritus Professor, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Igor Aleksander is an Emeritus Professor in the department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College in London. There he holds the active post of Senior Research Investigator. He has been working in artificial intelligence since the 1970s, creating the worlds first neural pattern recognition system in 1981 and studying machine consciousness during the last 15 years. He won the Charles Babbage medal from the UK Institute of Electronic Engineers in 1962, a lifetime achievement award for contributions to informatics from the UK Institute of Electrical and Engineers in 2000, and the John Taylor award for exceptional contributions to neural networks by the Brazilian computing community in 2013, and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK.
Professor and Chair, Department of Chemical Engineering
Richard Brown is the Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Rhode Island. His research area is degradation of materials in the marine environment and he currently directs the URI’s Corrosion and Surfaces Laboratory, which investigates degradation of materials and methods to mitigate degradation of materials, such as coatings.
Associate Professor, School of Engineering, Computing & Construction Management
Jim Brunnhoeffer joined the faculty of Roger Williams University in 2005 after completing a 20+ year career as a U.S. Army officer in the Corps of Engineers with assignments in SouthEast Asia, Europe and the U.S. While at RWU, his main research activities have been investigation of the combined sewer system of Newport, RI, personal body armor for the individual, dismounted soldier, the economics of instituting a grass watering system from well feeds, and computer alogorithms to support instruction administration.
M. Bernardine Dias is an Associate Research Professor at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, primarily affiliated with the Field Robotics Center. Her research focuses on culturally appropriate computing technology that is accessible and relevant to underserved communities.
Sabine Hauert is a Lecturer in Robotics at the University of Bristol, where she designs swarm of nanobots for biomedical applications. Passionate about science communication, Sabine is widely covered in the media and published.
Assistant Professor, School of Engineering, Computing and Construction Management
Nicole Martino is an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering, Computing, and Construction Management at Roger Williams University. Her academic areas of specialty include structural analysis and design of concrete and steel structures.
Jin Kim Montclare is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, who is performing groundbreaking research in engineering proteins to mimic nature and, in some cases, work better than nature. She works to customize artificial proteins with the aim of targeting human disorders, drug delivery and tissue regeneration as well as create nanomaterials for electronics.
Ph.D student, Mechanical Engineering Researcher, Collaborative Advanced Robotics and Intelligent Systems Lab
AJung Moon is a Vanier Scholar and Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia studying human-robot interaction and roboethics. She specializes in designing nonverbal communication cues, such as hand gestures and gaze cues, for robots for human-robot collaboration contexts. Currently, she is developing ways for humans and robots to negotiate’ using nonverbal gestures to quickly resolve resource conflicts. She is also a co-founder of the Open Roboethics initiative, a roboethics think tank focused on exploring ways in which various stakeholders of robotics technologies can work together to influence interactive robot designs.
Department Chair/Asst. Professor, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Technology Departments
Mr. Plowman’s experience encompasses the technical, business, academic, and military worlds. He has taught at Bryant University in the Department of Business Management and at the Community College of Rhode Island in the Engineering Department. He retired as a Full Colonel in the Rhode Island Air National Guard as the Commander of the 281st Combat Communications Group. He has received the Rhode Island Star, Air Force Meritorious Service, and Air Force achievement medals for management and engineering excellence. Mr. Plowman has an Associate in Science degree in Electronics Technology from the Community College of Rhode Island and has taken numerous courses in Mechanical Engineering Technology at Roger Williams College. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from UMass Dartmouth and a Master of Business Administration from Providence College.
Engineering Program Coordinator and Professor, Engineering
Linda Ann Riley, Ph.D., is the Engineering Program Coordinator and Professor of Engineering for the School of Engineering, Computing and Construction Management at Roger Williams University (RWU). Previously, she held the position of Associate Department Head for the Department of Industrial Engineering at New Mexico State University (NMSU). In addition, she served as the founder and Director of the Advanced Modeling and Simulation Laboratory at NMSU and Director of a university-wide economic development research center funded by the Department of Commerce.
Associate Professor, Industrial and Operations Engineering Affiliate Faculty, Robotics Institute
Leia Stirling is an Associate Professor in the Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering and Affiliate Faculty in the Robotics Institute at the University of Michigan. Her research quantifies human performance and human-machine fluency in operational settings through advancements in the use of wearable sensors.