Mechanical Engineer, Intelligent Systems Division
Joe Falco has worked as an engineer in the Intelligent Systems Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) within the United States Department of Commerce for the past 28 years. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and an MS in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. His most recent work has been performed within the NIST Next-Generation Robotics and Automation Program and is focused on robot standards and performance metrics in the areas of safety, manipulation, grasping and human-robot interaction. Joe is a member of the BSR/RIA R15 Robot Standards Approval Committee and ISO TC184/SC2 WG 3 working group for Industrial Robot Safety. He has received one gold and three bronze U.S. Department of Commerce medals for superior performance and technical leadership.