Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee to the Congressional Robotics Caucus serves as a resource for the Caucus members and their staffs, and assists the members in hosting regular briefings for policymakers, the press, and the public on the state of robotics technology and key issues facing the robotics industry. Contact information for each organization is listed below. Committee members help Members of Congress understand emerging technology and its potential impacts on society.

  • Robotic Industries Association

    – founded in 1974, RIA is a not-for-profit trade association driving innovation, growth, and safety in manufacturing and service industries through education, promotion, and advancement of robotics, related automation technologies, and companies delivering integrated solutions. RIA represents over 500 robot manufacturers, system integrators, component suppliers, end users, consulting firms, research groups, and educational institutions. The association hosts a number of educational events including the International Robot Safety Conference, the Collaborative Robots, Advanced Vision & AI Conference, the Robotic Grinding & Finishing Conference, the A3 Business Forum and the biennial Automate Show & Conference. RIA also provides quarterly robotics statistics and has a content-rich website, Robotics Online. For more details on RIA, visit or call 734-994-6088.


    Bob Doyle
  • ASME

    – is a not-for-profit membership organization and a leading international developer of codes and standards associated with the art, science, and practice of mechanical engineering. Founded as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 1880 by a small group of leading industrialists, ASME has grown through the decades to include more than 130,000 members in 151 countries. From college students and early-career engineers to project managers, corporate executives, researchers and academic leaders, ASME’s members are as diverse as the engineering community itself. ASME’s mission is to serve diverse global communities by advancing, disseminating, and applying engineering knowledge for improving the quality of life; and communicating the excitement of engineering.


    Samantha Fijacko, Government Relations
  • Georgia Tech Robotics & Intelligent Machines

    – is one of the nation’s leading research universities, providing a focused, technologically-based education to its students through the Colleges of Design, Computing, Engineering, Sciences, Business, and Liberal Arts. Georgia Tech has many nationally recognized programs and is ranked in the nation’s top 10 public universities by U.S. News and World Report. As a leading technological university, Georgia Tech has more than 100 centers focused on interdisciplinary research that consistently contribute vital research and innovation to American government, industry, and business.


    Robert Knotts, Director of Federal Relations
  • Computing Research Association

    – an association of more than 200 North American academic departments of computer science, computer engineering, and related fields; laboratories and centers in industry, government, and academia engaging in basic computing research; and affiliated professional societies. CRA offers experts to answer your questions about policies involving computing research and computing technology in general.


    Brian Mosley

    – a professional society of the IEEE consisting of IEEE’s members who have expertise in systems incorporating sensors and actuators that operate autonomously or semi-autonomously in cooperation with humans. The IEEE-RAS offers the foremost experts for all of your questions about robotics and automation innovation. RAS strives to advance innovation, education, and fundamental and applied research in robotics and automation.


    Kathy Colabaugh. Society Operations Manager

    – an organizational unit of the IEEE, the world’s largest professional association – with more than 400,000 members globally – for the advancement of technology. IEEE-USA offers, experts on engineering R&D policies and programs, innovation and fast moving technologies, and many other topics related to sustaining U.S. technological leadership and promoting economic competitiveness.


    Erica Wissolik, Government Relations
  • The Robotics Institute – Carnegie Mellon University

    – established in 1979 to conduct basic and applied research in robotics technologies relevant to industrial and societal tasks. Seeking to combine the practical and the theoretical, the Robotics Institute has diversified its efforts and approaches to robotics science while retaining its original goal of realizing the potential of the robotics field. The Institute’s faculty and students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and represent many unique areas of expertise. They can answer your questions about the multi-disciplinary nature of robotics, which encompass aspects of computer science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, psychology, and many other disciplines.


    Debbie Tekavec, Director of Federal Relations