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The 2014 World Automation Congress recognized Cockrell School of Engineering professor Del Tesar with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his work on robotics and intelligent automation.

The 2014 World Automation Congress recognized Cockrell School of Engineering professor Del Tesar with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his work on robotics and intelligent automation.

The World Automation Congress is an annual technical meeting that brings together international experts across five main tracks: robotics and applications; intelligent automation and control; manufacturing and systems engineering; soft computing; and multimedia and image processing. The 2014 conference was held Aug. 3-6, in Waikoloa, Hawaii.

Tesar has been teaching mechanical engineering since 1957 and joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin in 1985. He researches the development of advanced component and system technology for intelligent machines and robotics, as well as the human-machine interaction and the mutual awareness of each to enable short-term and long-term functions. His work seeks to demonstrate the benefits of standardized, modular design of robotics, allowing these systems to be easily adapted to a broad spectrum of applications.

Tesar has created five companies, served on three national science boards (Air Force Science Advisory Board, Space Station Review Panel and Army Science Board) and has presented on automation throughout the world for decades. He is also dedicated to enhancing mechanical engineering education, particularly where it intersects with electrical and computer engineering.

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