Chad Jenkins, associate professor of computer science, has been named a 2013 National Geographic Emerging Explorer. The Emerging Explorers Program recognizes and supports “uniquely gifted and inspiring adventurers, scientists, and innovators who are at the forefront of discovery, adventure, and global problem-solving while still early in their careers.” Jenkins was recognized for his efforts to make robotic technology more accessible, easy to use, and helpful to the public at large by teaching robots to learn from human demonstration. He and16 other awardees will be featured in the June 2013 issue of National Geographic magazine. “As National Geographic celebrates its 125th anniversary year and looks forward to embracing a new age of exploration, we look to our Emerging Explorers to be leaders in pushing the boundaries of discovery and innovation,” said Terry Garcia, National Geographic’s executive vice president for mission programs. “They represent tomorrow’s Robert Ballards, Jacques Cousteaus, and Jane Goodalls.”

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