PI - Dr. Pryor is a Research Scientist and Lecturer for the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Pryor earned is BSME at Southern Methodist University in 1993. After graduating, he taught math and science courses at St. James School in St. James Maryland before returning to Texas. He completed is Masters (1999) and PhD (2002) at UT Austin with an emphasis on the modeling, simulation, and operation of redundant manipulators. Since earning his PhD, Dr. Pryor has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in the mechanical and electrical engineering departments as well as led and conducted research in the area of robotics and automation in Mechanical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering and the Nuclear Engineering Teaching Laboratory. He has worked for numerous research sponsors including, NASA, DARPA, DOE, INL, LANL, ORNL, Y-12, and many industrial partners. He is a co-founder of the Nuclear Robotics Group and the Drilling & Rig Automation Group. Both are interdisciplinary research efforts to deploy robotics in hazardous, uncertain environments to perform manufacturing, material handling and other tasks. He is a member of ROS-Industrial, IEEE, ASME, PGE, and ANS. He is an officer on the executive committee of the ANS Robotics and Remotes Systems Division.
A Curriculum Vitae, Research Statement, and Teaching Philosphy are available on request.