Dr. Edward Tunstel Named to ARM Board of Directors



August 5, 2019 – ARM is pleased to announce that Dr. Edward Tunstel, Associate Director of Robotics and Robotics Group Leader at United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), has joined the ARM board of directors.

In his role at UTRC, Dr. Edward Tunstel directs the study, development, and transition of relevant technologies for human-collaborative robotics and robotic autonomy enabling manufacturing and service applications across business units of the United Technologies Corporation. He previously spent a decade with the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory as a Senior Roboticist researching robotic intelligence, autonomous control, modular open systems, and human-collaborative robotics for national security and space applications; he also served as its Space Robotics & Autonomous Control Lead. During the prior two decades, he was with NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a Senior Robotics Engineer and Group Leader of its Advanced Robotic Controls Group. There he served as a Mars rover systems engineer for autonomous navigation, and rover engineering team lead for mobility and robotic arm operations on the surface of Mars.

Dr. Tunstel holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of New Mexico focused on intelligent robot control systems, and prior mechanical engineering degrees from Howard University, with a concentration in robotics. He maintains expertise in autonomous field robotics & intelligent systems, in which he has authored over 150 publications and co-edited 4 books. Dr. Tunstel is a Fellow of the IEEE and 2018-2019 President of the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society. He is also a member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, NSBE Professionals, and AIAA.

ARM also announced that Dr. David Parekh, Corporate Vice President, Research, and Director at United Technologies Research Center, is stepping down from the board.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Tunstel to the ARM Board of Directors,” noted ARM CEO, Dr. Byron Clayton, “Dr. Tunstel brings years of broad experience across the robotics industry and I am pleased he has accepted this role to help to shape the future of manufacturing. I would also like to thank Dr. Parekh for his board tenure and many contributions.”


Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) is the nation’s leading collaborative in robotics and workforce innovation. Structured as a public-private partnership, we accelerate transformative robotic technologies and education to increase U.S. global manufacturing competitiveness. Founded in January 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA by Carnegie Mellon University, and funded by the Department of Defense, ARM is part of the Manufacturing USA® network. Learn more at www.arminstitute.org. Note: The ARM headquarters has relocated to Mill 19 A. Our updated main phone number is (412) 785-0444. Our address is: Mill 19 A Suite 200, 4501 Lytle St. Pittsburgh, PA 15207 

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