Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi proudly presents the latest installment of the Distinguished Speakers Series, Dr. James McLurkin, Senior Hardware Engineer at Google, Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.
Dr. McLurkin is a Senior Hardware Engineer at Google and specializes in swarm robotics, which he is confident is the future of space exploration, disaster rescue and more. In 1988, McLurkin built his first robot, Rover, and quickly followed it with many other designs such as LEGO bricks. McLurkin designed the “Robotic Ants” robots for his undergraduate thesis and developed a swarm of disposable robots for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
As an independent consultant, Dr. McLurkin has advised many engineering projects for clients such as Walt Disney Imagineering and Sensable Technologies. He has also lectured at Companies and Universities such as the Smithsonian Museum, Harvard University, IBM, Honda Research and Development and the 2015 Idea Festival. McLurkin is dedicated to illustrating the fun and excitement in science and engineering, and teaches a range of classes to students from all ages, from elementary students to graduate school programs, in order to help inspire a future generation of engineers.
Dr. McLurkin has received the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize, which is awarded to burgeoning MIT student inventors and was also recognized by Time Magazine as one of five leading robotics engineers in their "Rise of the Machines" feature and by Black Enterprise Magazine as a "Best and Brightest Under 40."