Carlotta A. Berry is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. She is the 2021-2024 Dr. Lawrence J. Giacoletto Endowed Chair for Electrical and Computer Engineering. She has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Spelman College, bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, master’s in electrical engineering from Wayne State University, and PhD from Vanderbilt University. She is one of a team of faculty in ECE, ME and CSSE at Rose-Hulman to create the first multidisciplinary minor in robotics. She is the Co-Director of the NSF S-STEM Rose Building Undergraduate Diversity (ROSE-BUD) Program and advisor for the National Society of Black Engineers. She was previously the President of the Technical Editor Board for the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Computers in Education Journal.
Dr. Berry was selected for the 2021 TechPoint Foundation for Youth Bridge Builder award as part of the TechPoint Mira awards. She is also one of 30 Women in Robotics You Need to Know About 2020 by robohub.org, Reinvented Magazine Interview of the Year Award on Purpose and Passion, FIRST Indiana Robotics Gamechanger Award 2020, Women and Hi Tech Leading Light You Inspire Me Award 2018 and Insight Into Diversity Inspiring Women in STEM. Two of her proudest achievements are becoming and ASEE Fellow and IEEE senior member in 2021.
During 2020, she worked with colleagues around the world to start two nonprofit organizations, Black In Engineering and Black In Robotics. They have a mission to bring awareness to systemic racism and inequity in STEM, build community, advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion and connect with allies and sponsors. Her research interests are in robotics education, interface design, human-robot interaction, and increasing underrepresented populations in STEM fields. She has a special passion for diversifying the engineering profession by encouraging more women and underrepresented minorities to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees. She feels that the profession should reflect the world that we live in in order to solve the unique problems that we face.
She is mentor for her daughter’s Girl Scouts FLL and VEX robotics team, Gamer Girlz.
Berry, C.A., “Freeing robotics and AI from bias”, Science, August 26, 2021
Johnson, A.M., Admoni, H. and Berry, C.A., Supporting Black Scholars in Robotics, IEEE Spectrum, 10 Sep 2020.
"Exploring human-robot interaction and bringing people together through robotics", Womanthology, June 23, 2021
Remmel, Ariana, "Black scientist network celebrates successes — but calls for more support", Nature, June 29, 2021
Miller, Katrina"Black Scientists Find Community—and Plan for the Road Ahead", Wired, June 30, 2021
Cheryl, "Engineering for Non-engineers", We Rep STEM, April 13, 2021