Richard Volz

Interview Location: United States


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.