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QinetiQ North America Awards New Robotics Fellowship to CMU Student
QinetiQ’s Annouonces First “Robotics Fellowship”
By Robotics Trends Staff - Filed Oct 01, 2009
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QinetiQ’s Technology Solutions Group’s inaugural “Robotics Fellowship” goes to first-year PhD student at robotics powerhouse Carnegie Mellon University.

Daniel Munoz, a first-year Ph.D. student in robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, is the first recipient of the QinetiQ North America Robotics Fellowship, which will provide him with three years of educational support. The fellowship also includes an internship with QinetiQ North America.

Munoz, a native of Fargo, N.D., earned a bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon in electrical and computer engineering, with a minor in computer science.

The fellowship is presented by QinetiQ North America Technology Solutions Group of Waltham, Mass., a technology and product development group which includes businesses originally known as Automatika Inc. and Applied Perception when they were spun off from the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute. Candidates for the fellowship included graduate students in all Carnegie Mellon engineering disciplines.

“QinetiQ North America is pleased to provide this fellowship to support the outstanding students and programs at Carnegie Mellon,” said William Ribich, president of the Technology Solutions Group. “We expect that they will continue to make many outstanding contributions to the robotics area, an area of increasing importance to the future of the country and our company.”

Reid Simmons, research professor and the Robotics Institute’s associate director for education, said support for graduate students is vital to the Robotics Institute’s educational mission. “We appreciate QinetiQ North America’s generosity and look forward to increased opportunities for collaboration with QinetiQ North America and its people,” he said.

About Carnegie Mellon
Carnegie Mellon ( is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the fine arts. More than 11,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh, Pa. It has campuses in California’s Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Asia, Australia and Europe. The university is in the midst of a $1 billion fundraising campaign, titled “Inspire Innovation: The Campaign for Carnegie Mellon University,” which aims to build its endowment, support faculty, students and innovative research, and enhance the physical campus with equipment and facility improvements.

About QinetiQ North America Technology Solutions Group
QinetiQ North America’s Technology Solutions Group, headquartered in Waltham, Mass., includes the businesses formerly known as Foster-Miller, Inc., Planning Systems Incorporated, Automatika, Applied Perception, Spectro, Inc., and the research and development activities of Apogen Technologies, Inc. It is an 800-member technology and product development group with an international reputation for delivering innovative products and systems that perform under the most demanding conditions.

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