Dr. William L. "Red" Whittaker is the Fredkin Professor of Robotics, Director of the Field Robotics Center, and founder of the National Robotics Engineering Consortium at Carnegie Mellon University. He is Chief Scientist of Workhorse Technologies. He has an extensive record of successful developments of robots for craft, labor and hazardous duty. Examples include robots in field environments such as mines, work sites and natural terrain. His exploration technologies seek meteorites, characterize life, cross deserts and roam polar regions. His machines are about to compete in a robotic desert race for a $2M prize. Dr. Whittaker's portfolio includes the development of computer architectures for controlling mobile robots; modeling and planning for non-repetitive tasks; complex problems of objective sensing in random and dynamic environments; and integration of complete field robot systems. Dr .Whittaker is widely known for his achievements in the robotics community. A few of his awards include: Engelberger Technology Award, Design News Special Achievement Award, Hero of Manufacturing Award , and an Aviation & Space Technology Award . Dr. Whittaker has advised twenty-six Ph.D. students, has sixteen patents, and has authored or co-authored over 200 publications.