Gary K. Fedder is the Howard M. Wilkoff Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, a professor in the Robotics Institute, and vice provost for Research at Carnegie Mellon University. He previously served as founding president and interim CEO of the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute as well as serving in administrative roles at Carnegie Mellon as director of the Engineering Research Accelerator (2006-2014), and associate dean for Research in the College of Engineering (2013-2015). Fedder received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) from MIT in 1982 and 1984, respectively, and his Ph.D. in EECS from the University of California at Berkeley in 1994.

Feddar worked at Hewlett-Packard as a research and design engineer from 1984 to 1989. His personal research lies in design and process integration of MEMS, where he has contributed to over 280 research publications and holds 15 patents. He is an IEEE Fellow for contributions to integrated MEMS. He served as subject editor for IEEE J. MEMS from 2002-2013 and currently serves on the executive editorial board for the IoP J. Micromechanics and Microengineering, as a member of the editorial board for IET Micro & Nano Letters and as co-editor of the Wiley-VCH Advanced Micro- and Nanosystems book series.

From 2011 to 2012, Fedder served as a technical co-lead in the U.S. Advanced Manufacturing Partnership where he worked with industry, academia, and government to generate recommendations that motivated the launch of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, now called Manufacturing USA.

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1994 Ph.D., Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley

1984 MS, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

1982 BS, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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AI and the future of manufacturing

A panel of manufacturing experts discuss the critical role that artificial intelligence has in strengthening the U.S. economy, improving global competitiveness, elevating national security, and supporting the reliability and robustness of our supply chain.

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Tantalizing tantalum actuators and sensors

Can this refractory metal be an efficient substitute material in microelectromechanical system (MEMS) thermal actuators?

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RK Mellon Foundation grant funds manufacturing and robotics

A $150 million Richard King Mellon Foundation grant includes $30 million for the Manufacturing Futures Institute and $45 million for a new facility, the Robotics Innovation Center (RIC).

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RK Mellon Foundation establishes Manufacturing Futures Institute

A $150 million Richard King Mellon Foundation grant includes $30 million for the Manufacturing Futures Institute and $45 million for a new facility, the Robotics Innovation Center (RIC).

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CMU announces partnership with the Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute

CyManII’s vision is to introduce a cybersecure energy-ROI for energy efficient manufacturing and supply chains that secures and sustains American leadership in global manufacturing competitiveness for decades.

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Opening of Mill 19 at Hazelwood Green covered in the media

Several media outlets covered the September 4 opening of Mill 19, a new research and development hub. Currently housing Carnegie Mellon’s Manufacturing Futures Initiative (MFI) and the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute, the building is designed to be a place for open collaboration on manufacturing.

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Mill 19 opening signals new era of manufacturing

Carnegie Mellon University researchers and robots will soon occupy a state-of-the-art facility at the newly constructed Mill 19 building on the 178-acre site known as Hazelwood Green.

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Wearable system to sense and stimulate the brain

A team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon is starting a project to design and implement a high-resolution, noninvasive neural interface that can be used as a wearable device.

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MFI leads digital transformation of manufacturing

On April 29, 2019, the MFI will host the inaugural Manufacturing Futures Forum, entitled “Leading the Digital Transformation.”

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Catalyst Connection joins Hazelwood Green ecosystem

ECE’s Gary Fedder expressed the university's vision for a cooperative innovation ecosystem at Hazelwood Green, as Catalyst Connection announced that it will be the newest company moving to the site.


Bettinger and Fedder create soft hydrogel brain implants

BME/MSE’s Christopher Bettinger and ECE’s Gary Fedder are part of a team that created a new soft hydrogel material for use in developing non-invasive brain implants.

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Manufacturing the future

CMU established the Manufacturing Futures Initiative to support manufacturing research and fund interdisciplinary projects.