Posted by: Academy of Achievement | 05/07/2012

William H. Robinson, Ph.D., Class of 1991
Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, Vanderbilt University

The 1991 Salute to Excellence in New York City was a tremendous opportunity for me to broaden my horizon on what was possible in life. I had never been to New York City, nor stayed anywhere like the Waldorf-Astoria. I cherish the photos I have with Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Walters and Herschel Walker. I even met a life-long friend, William Packer, who is now a movie producer with his company, Rainforest Films.

William H. Robinson received his B.S. in electrical engineering from the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) in 1996, and his M.S. in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in 1998. He received his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Georgia Tech in 2003. In August 2003, Dr. Robinson joined the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Vanderbilt University as an Assistant Professor, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2010. He is the first African American to earn promotion and win tenure in the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering.

Dr. Robinson leads the Security And Fault Tolerance (SAF-T) Research Group at Vanderbilt University, whose mission is to conduct transformational research that addresses the reliability and security of computing systems. He collaborates with both the Institute for Space and Defense Electronics (ISDE) and the Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS) at Vanderbilt University. In addition to his research activities, Dr. Robinson serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Computer Engineering. He also participates with the Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology (TRUST), an NSF Science and Technology Center, where he serves as the Outreach Director.

Dr. Robinson’s major honors include selection for a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program Award and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Computer Science Study Panel, both in 2008. Dr. Robinson is a Senior Member of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM); he has additional memberships in the American Society of Engineering Educators (ASEE) and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). Dr. Robinson is a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and a member of The 100 Black Men of Middle Tennessee, Inc. He is married to Yolonda Brooks Robinson. They are expecting their first child in August 2012.

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