Robotics History: Narratives and Networks Oral Histories: Richard Volz

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Dr. Richard Volz received his BS, MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. As an undergraduate, he received the Ovid Esbach Award - the highest award given to an undergraduate engineering student. Dr. Richard A. Volz, an IEEE Fellow, prior to his retirement, was a Royce E. Weisenbaker professor of Engineering in the Computer Science Department of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. He served as head of that department from 1988 - 1997. Prior to coming to Texas A&M, he was the founding director of the Robotics Research Laboratory and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where he was from 1964 - 1988. Dr. Volz also served on five federal advisory boards: The Air Force Scientific Advisory Board; the Ada Board; the Aerospace Safety Advisory Board; the NASA Space Station Advisory Panel and the NASA Center of Excellence in Information Technology Advisory Panel. In addition to his IEEE Fellow Award, he has received a Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service from the United States Air Force; a Public Service Award from NASA; an appreciation plaque from the NASA astronauts, and the Millennium Medal and the Robotics and Automation Society Distinguished Service Award from IEEE.

Dr. Richard Volz received his BS, MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. As an undergraduate, he received the Ovid Esbach Award - the highest award given to an undergraduate engineering student. Dr. Richard A. Volz, an IEEE Fellow, prior to his retirement, was a Royce E. Weisenbaker professor of Engineering in the Computer Science Department of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. He served as head of that department from 1988 - 1997. Prior to coming to Texas A&M, he was the founding director of the Robotics Research Laboratory and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where he was from 1964 - 1988. Dr. Volz also served on five federal advisory boards: The Air Force Scientific Advisory Board; the Ada Board; the Aerospace Safety Advisory Board; the NASA Space Station Advisory Panel and the NASA Center of Excellence in Information Technology Advisory Panel. In addition to his IEEE Fellow Award, he has received a Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service from the United States Air Force; a Public Service Award from NASA; an appreciation plaque from the NASA astronauts, and the Millennium Medal and the Robotics and Automation Society Distinguished Service Award from IEEE.

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