"I really hope it will be a way to drive industry here,” Abramovic said of his involvement with the robotics program. As a special advisor, he aims to bridge gaps between education and critical workforce needs and return Pennsylvania's students to take on more leadership roles in the innovation economy.
"One thing I strongly believe in is continuing education. Whether that is higher education or the trades, we need to work together to create opportunities to help strengthen and grow the future of Pennsylvania's workforce," he said.
"At CMU we look forward to deeper interaction with community, educational, and commercial organizations throughout western PA, and Chip is a great partner to help make that happen," said program director John Dolan said.
The Robotics Institute Summer Scholars program provides undergraduate students from over 50 countries around the world with opportunities to participate in an 11-week research immersion. They explore robotics labs and topics, meet with leaders in the field, attend workshops, are coached and mentored, present and publish research, and grow as scholars.
"Chip's experience working across sectors with policymakers in economic development, education, and industry make him a tremendous asset to the team," program co-director Rachel Burcin added.
"I am honored to help one of the nation's top universities and experts in robotics and artificial intelligence create an innovative STEM workforce model for the nation," Abramovic said.