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Mel Siegel
Associate Research Professor, RI
Office: NSH A421
Phone: (412) 983-2626
Fax: 412-291-1509
  Mailing address:
Carnegie Mellon University
Robotics Institute
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Administrative Assistant: Keyla C. Cook
Affiliated Center(s):
 Center for the Foundations of Robotics (CFR)
 Center for Integrated Manfacturing Decision Systems (CIMDS)
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Mel Siegel, Fellow of the IEEE, has over 35 years of academic, industrial R&D, and consulting experience. His PhD in physics from the University of Colorado in Boulder was earned under Nobel Laureate John L. Hall at JILA, where he first began to develop computer models of instrumentation systems. After holding academic positions at the University of Virginia and SUNY-Buffalo, he became development director for the special-purpose mass spectrometers manufactured by Extrel. In 1982 he founded the CMU Robotics Institute Sensors, Measurement, and Control Laboratory, where his research addresses fundamental robotics, remote inspection, homeland security, planetary exploration, and human-machine interaction.

His Peace Corps service in Ghana in 1962-64 led to his life-long commitment to education-based sustainable development, from which in 2003 he created the Master of Science in Robotics Technology program aimed at budding developing-world entrepreneurs via a preparatory year overseas and an intensive study year at CMU.

During the 2011-2012 academic year he serves as Founding Chairman of the Physics and the Robotics & Mechatronics Departments in the School of Science & Technology, Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan, spring 2012 part-time working from CMU, and plans during the 2012-2013 academic year to return there as Founding Vice Dean for Research.