Gelfand Award-Celebration of Education - Carnegie Mellon University

The Mark Gelfand Service Award for Educational Outreach

2016 Gelfand Award Recipient

George KantorGeorge Kantor

Senior Systems Scientist, Robotics Institute

George Kantor is a researcher and educator at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests lie in position estimation and mapping for mobile robots, control of robotic systems with nontrivial dynamics, and wireless networks for distributed sensing and control. His work translates ideas related to these technical interests into rugged systems that reliably solve real-world problems, especially in the application areas of agriculture and mining. He develops experimental robotic systems that demonstrate novel concepts, develops theoretical advances for problems in robot estimation and control, and disseminates knowledge through teaching and outreach. He is dedicated to K-12 STEM educational outreach activities. He directs several STEM educational activities, and he is the co-founder and director of the Girls of Steel Robotics Initiative, which started in 2011 as an all-girls high school FIRST Robotics Competition team and has since grown into a pipeline of hands-on robotics activities for girls ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade, and which now reaches over 200 students each year.


Established in 2009, The Gelfand Award is given annually to a member of the university community who has combined sustained, effective community service with academic coursework and a deliberate process of student reflection to enhance the learning experience and teach social responsibility to students while improving some aspect of life in the community. Special consideration is given to individuals who focus on science, technology, engineering or mathematics.