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New Robotic Systems Development Masters Program

Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute is offering a new master's degree program in robotic systems development that will provide beginning and early-entry practicing professionals with multidisciplinary skills beginning in fall 2011. Graduates of this program will be capable of operating at a higher technical/managerial level within a company, making them extremely desirable job candidates.

"We will be training the next generation of chief technology officers," said Hagen Schempf, a principal systems scientist in the Robotics Institute and director of the new master's degree program. "No matter how good their technical knowledge may be, people must be able to lead teams, which requires both technical and managerial skills, if they want to succeed as entrepreneurs or rise within a larger company."

Schempf said the master's degree in robotic systems development (MRSD) will be useful for anyone who seeks to be a high-tech manager, regardless of whether that position is in the robotics or automation fields.

"Robotics touches on all aspects of mechanical, electrical, and software engineering," he explained. "That's what makes robotics such a great systems discipline and why the ability to manage a robotics development team is applicable to so many high-tech commercial settings," said Schempf.

The Robotics Institute will accept applications for the program this fall. Candidates must have an undergraduate degree in engineering, computer science, physical science, or applied mathematics, and one to three years of practical experience in industry or in a research laboratory is preferred. Applications information will be available at starting September 15.

Since its creation in 1979, the Robotics Institute has been a pioneer in robotics education and research, offering the world's first Ph.D. program in robotics. With 350 full- and part-time employees and an annual research budget of $55 million, it is one of the largest organizations of its kind, with leading programs in such fields as autonomous navigation, mobile and field robotics, computer vision, human-robot interaction and quality of life technologies.

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