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educator , researcher , mechanical engineer

Richard Donald Colbaugh, American Mechanical engineer, educator, researcher. Recipient National Aeronautics and Space Administration Space Act Technology Brief award, 1990, 91, 92, 93, 95, 96,Best Paper award American Automatic Control Council, 1990, 93, Best Presentation award Society Industrial and Applied Mathematics, 1995; National Aeronautics and Space Administration/American Society for Engineering Education Summer Faculty fellow, 1991, 92.


Colbaugh, Richard Donald was born on October 31, 1958 in Pittsburgh. Son of Richard Donald and Anne Marie (McCue).


Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 1980; Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 1986.


Mechanical engineer, McDonnell Douglas Corporation, Long Beach, California, 1980-1981; instructor mechanical engineering, Pennsylvania State University, State College, 1981-1986; assistant professor mechanical engineering, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, 1986-1990; associate professor mechanic engineering, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, 1990-1996; professor mechanic engineering, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, since 1996. Consultant Department Energy, Albuquerque, 1987-- Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, since 1988.


  • Achievements include patent for Obstacle Avoidance Redundant Robots Using Configuration Control. Development of first real time control algorithm for robots possessing any combination of kinematic of actuator redundancy, one of first adaptive output stabilizing, tracking and compliance controllers for robots, one of first adaptive stabilizers for underactuated mechanical systems.


  • Other Work

    • Associate editor International Journal of Robotics and Automobile, 1991-1993, editor-in-chief, since 1993. Associate editor International Journal Environmental Conscious Manufacturing, since 1992, Intelligent Automation and Soft Computing, since 1994. Co-author: Robotics and Remote Systems in Hazardous Environmental, 1992.

      Contributor articles to professional journals. Guest editor numerous journals.


Member Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, American Society Mechanical Engineers, Sigma Xi.


Married Kristin Lea Glass, July 18, 1987. 1 child, Allison Collette.

Richard Donald Colbaugh

Anne Marie (McCue) Colbaugh

Kristin Lea Glass

Allison Collette Colbaugh