Carnegie Mellon University

Gary Fedder

Gary Fedder

Howard M. Wilkoff Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Robotics Institute Director, Institute for Complex Engineered Systems

Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics Institute
5000 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Dr. Fedder arrived at the university in 1994 with a joint faculty appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and The Robotics Institute. He currently is the Howard M. Wilkoff Professor in ECE, professor in Robotics and has courtesy appointments in Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. He previously served in administrative roles as Director of the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (2006-2013, now known as the Engineering Research Accelerator), as Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering (2013-2015) and as Vice Provost for Research (2015-2017). As of April 2017, he has temporarily stepped down as VPR to serve as interim Chief Executive Officer for the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute.

Fedder is an IEEE Fellow and has received the AIME Electronic Material Society Ross Tucker Award, the Carnegie Institute of Technology’s George Tallman Ladd Research Award and a NSF Career Award.


Dr. Fedder earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in EECS(6.1) from MIT in 1982 and 1984, respectively. From 1984 to 1989, he worked at the Hewlett-Packard Company on circuit design and printed-circuit modeling. In 1994, he obtained the Ph.D. degree in EECS from the University of California at Berkeley, where his research resulted in the first demonstration of multimode control of an underdamped surface-micromachined inertial device.


Gary Fedder’s research focuses on the interdisciplinary study of micro-electrical-mechanical systems with the goal of creating low-cost sensor and actuator systems that can be used for a variety of applications, including neural probes. Such probes can be used for creating and improving brain computer interfaces that link the brain with neural prosthetics.


David’s work has been published in general science, health psychology, social psychology, neuroscience, and medical journals. He was recognized in 2011 as a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science, and in 2014 received the American Psychological Association Early Career Award for his scientific contributions to psychology.