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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CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

Navigating digital financial inclusion in Africa

As the presence of mobile phones becomes increasingly widespread in Africa, digital services have allowed for more financial inclusion among low- and middle-income countries within the continent. A group of Carnegie Mellon University researchers led by Karen Sowon, a postdoctoral researcher at CMU’s CyLab Security and Privacy Institute, investigated these issues and recently published a paper on "The Role of User-Agent Interactions on Mobile Money Practices in Kenya and Tanzania."

Carnegie Mellon University Africa

11th graduation ceremony celebrates innovation and excellence

CMU-Africa recently graduated the 11th cohort of students, which represented 16 nationalities.

CyLab Security and Privacy Institute

CyLab researchers to present at the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy

CyLab faculty members and students will present their research on topics ranging from mobile money practices in Africa to uncovering and identifying side-channel and evasion attacks at the 45th Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Symposium on Security and Privacy.

Communications of the ACM

Tucker speaks on Africa’s adoption of AI regulations with Communications of the ACM

CMU-Africa Director Conrad Tucker speaks on Africa’s adoption of AI regulations with Communications of the ACM. He describes the current state of AI there as “quite fragmented,” varying in “different perspectives and policies across African countries.”

Carnegie Mellon University Africa

Design science in the age of AI

Recently, CMU-Africa and the NAE held a design science workshop that aimed to transcend the boundaries of traditional design thinking.

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.