Conrad Tucker is the director of CMU-Africa and associate dean for international affairs-Africa, as well as a professor of mechanical engineeringat Carnegie Mellon University. He holds courtesy faculty appointments in machine learning, robotics, and biomedical engineering. His research focuses on the design and optimization of systems through the acquisition, integration, and mining of large scale, disparate data.

Tucker has served as PI/Co-PI on federally/non-federally funded grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Army Research Laboratory (ARL), the Office of Naval Research (ONR) via the NSF Center for eDesign, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). In February 2016, he was invited by National Academy of Engineering (NAE) President Dr. Dan Mote, to serve as a member of the Advisory Committee for the NAE Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) Symposium. He received his Ph.D., M.S. (industrial engineering), and MBA degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

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2011 Ph.D. in Industrial & Systems Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

2009 MBA in Business Administration, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

2007 M.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

2004 B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

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CMU Engineering

AI accelerates process design for 3D printing metal alloys

Researchers use AI and high-speed in-situ imaging to optimize process parameters for 3D printing metal alloys.

Science Robotics

CMU-Africa researchers published in Science Robotics

CMU-Africa researchers were published in Science Robotics, as a Focus article, for their work with culturally sensitive robotics.

CMU Engineering

Conrad Tucker named new director of CMU-Africa

Conrad Tucker has been named the next director of Carnegie Mellon University Africa. In his new role, Tucker will also serve as the College of Engineering’s Associate Dean for International Programs in Africa.

Carnegie Mellon University Africa

CMU's Flying Club visits Rwanda

CMU students from the Flying Club packed up the flight simulator and took off for a five-day visit to CMU-Africa where they were greeted with an enthusiasm well beyond what they imagined.

Carnegie Mellon University Africa

A practical convergence of AI and machine learning

Recently, students at CMU-Africa embarked on an exciting class project to explore the intricate dimensions of humanoid robots.

Tucker’s research mentioned at Senate hearing

MechE/CMU-Africa’s Conrad Tucker, along with other collaborators from the RAND Corporation and the Challenger Center, were cited for their work during the U.S. Senate Rules and Administration Committee hearing titled “AI and the Future of our Elections.”

Carnegie Mellon University Africa

Afretec research planning grant brings assistive technologies to those in need

In 2022, the African Engineering and Technology Network awarded one of its first planning grants to a team of researchers whose goal is to make assistive technologies accessible in second and third-world countries.

Carnegie Mellon University Africa

Pan-African network celebrates collaboration at second annual conference

Higher education leaders from across the continent recently convened at the University of Nairobi for the 2023 Afretec Conference.

Middle East Broadcasting Network

Tucker discusses AI

MechE’s Conrad Tucker spoke about AI on the Middle East Broadcasting Network.

CMU Engineering

U.S. Chamber AI Commission releases final report

Conrad Tucker served as a commissioner on the US Chamber AI Commission aimed to position the US as a leader in responsible AI development and deployment. The commission’s final report has been released.


Afretec planning grants announced

The African Engineering and Technology Network, led by CMU-Africa, awarded six planning grants to research collaborations that will lead to socio-economic impact and focus on driving inclusive digital growth on the continent.

CMU Engineering

Inaugural conference talks digital public goods in Africa

Conrad Tucker and Assane Gueye organized the first-ever West Africa Conference on Digital Public Goods and Cybersecurity, held in Freetown, Sierra Leone.