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COL Robert Sadowski

Associate Professor
US Army
Army Branch:
Signal Corps

Contact Information:
Office Location: Thayer Hall
Phone: 845.938.2858

COL Robert W. Sadowski currently serves as Electrical Engineering Program Director and Academy Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the United States Military Academy. Previously, he was the director of the Photonics Research Center: a joint venture between Physics, Chemistry, and EE&CS Departments. He is a distinguished graduate of US Military Academy and received his M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University as a Hertz Fellow. He recently graduated from the US Army War College earning a Masters in Strategic Studies. He has deployed twice to Iraq designing strategic coalition communications systems and served as a senior technical advisor to the Kuwait Iraq Command, Control, Communication and Computers Commercialization Program (KICC) program upon redeployment. He has spent over 33 months in Southwest Asia managing joint communications and information infrastructure including leading mixed teams of civilian and military engineers in Iraq. He is a Fannie and John Hertz Fellow, Senior IEEE member, Eta Kappa Nu, Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Xi, and recently nominated Tau Beta Pi member. His research interests include robotics, integrated sensor technology non-linear fiber optics, and optical information processing. In the past, he has explored opto-electronic information processing and analog circuit implementation of error diffusion networks, smart pixel technology, and analog-to-digital (A/D) converters. Recently, he has focused on strengthening robotics education at the Academy by creating lab facilities, building ties with external DoD agencies, and obtaining over $3.3M/100 real-world platforms for cadet use. Recently he was a principal investigator under an OSD STEM initiative developing unmanned systems expertise within the junior officer corps utilizing joint senior design projects on cooperative robotic teaming between West Point cadets, Air Force cadets, and Naval midshipmen. Currently he is a principal investigator for a project merging tactical robotic platforms with HAZMAT sensors and working with the USMA garrison and TARDEC to bring autonomous shuttle buses to West Point. He was a member of the senior working group developing the Army’s Ground Robotics Science and Technology Strategy. His military awards include the Bronze Star, Meritorious, and Joint Service commendation medals.

Academic and Professional Activities

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society
  • Signal Corps Regimental Association
  • Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)
  • Optical Society of America (OSA)
  • Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society

Academic Awards
  • Senior Member, IEEE 2005
  • USMA Academy Professor Appointment, 2000
  • Fannie and John Hertz Fellow, Awarded 1986, Fellowship years at Stanford from 1990-1995
  • United States Military Academy Appointment, 1982
  • Phi Kappa Phi, 1986
  • Sigma Xi, 1993
  • Eta Kappa Nu, 1997
  • Honor Graduate, U.S. Army Signal Officer Advanced Course, 1990
  • Distinguished Graduate, Communications-Electronics Staff Officer Course, 1987
  • Honor Graduate, U.S. Army Signal Officer Basic Course, 1986
  • Distinguished Graduate, United States Military Academy, 1986