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Roger D. Quinn is a professor on the faculty of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He joined the department in 1986 as the General Motors Assistant Professor. He received the B.S. (1980) and M.S. (1984) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Akron and the Ph.D. degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Virginia Polytechnic and State University, Blacksburg, in 1985. He has directed the Biorobotics Laboratory at CWRU since its inception in 1990: three insect-inspired robots and one worm inspired robot have been developed. The second legged robot, RII, received an award at the 1995 IEEE ICRA. The third legged robot, RIII, is based upon a cockroach and was a finalist for the 1998 Discover Magazine's Technology Awards. Robot IV, now under development, will be even more similar to cockroach and will use muscle-like actuators. He is also directing the development of a two-inch autonomous robot that can walk and jump based upon crickets. He was also team leader for the Agile Manufacturing Project in the Center for Automation and Intelligent Systems Research at CWRU from 1994-98. His research is devoted to biorobotics and robotics for manufacturing. More information can be found at

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