Major Funding The Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation

Robotics: Guests

Josh Johnston

Visualization Research Scientist, Boise State University

Josh Johnston is a Research Scientist at Boise State University specializing in visualizing complex scientific data. He has led teams that built robots for driving across the desert, exploring the moon, swimming underwater, and disabling bombs. He developed a radar-based obstacle detection system for the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge runner-up Sandstorm, a modified military Humvee, and was technical lead for the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge semi-finalist Team Autonomous Solutions, based on a Toyota Highlander. These were early versions of today's driverless cars. Mr. Johnston has also developed 3D visualization and force sensing for robots used to disable improvised explosive devices for the U.S. military. He has a Master of Science in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from Duke University.

Dean Klein

Vice President of Advanced Memory Solutions, Micron

As Vice President of Memory System Development, Dean Klein's current responsibilities focus on the development of memory technologies and capabilities. In the past, Mr. Klein's responsibilities included Solid State Drives (SSD's). Mr. Klein is a contributor to several books and was a part of the team that authored the recent DARPA Exascale Computing Study.

Mr. Klein joined Micron in January 1999, after having held several leadership positions at Micron Electronics, Inc., including Executive Vice President of Product Development and Chief Technical Officer. He also co-founded and served as President of PC Tech, Inc., previously a wholly-owned subsidiary of Micron Electronics, Inc., from its inception in 1984.

Mr. Klein earned a bachelor's of science degree in electrical engineering and a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota and holds over 230 patents in the areas of computer architecture and electrical engineering. He also serves as a technical advisor to several organizations and promotes math and science education. Mr. Klein currently mentors high school students for the Bullbots FIRST Robotics Competition team (see

Past guests for this topic include: Matthew Anderson, Mark McKay.

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