Penn State Harrisburg

Robert Gray, Ph.D.

· Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering; Science, Engineering, and Technology


Dr. Robert Gray is an associate professor of electrical engineering at Penn State Harrisburg, having relocated from Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. He received the B.S. in Electrical Engineering (Summa Cum Laude) in 1989 at Ohio University, the M.S. in electrical engineering in 1994 from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and the Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 1999 from Ohio University. Dr. Gray received the "Influential Advisor Award," for exemplary service and dedication from Penn State Behrend's Multi-Cultural Council in April 2003. He was nominated for the Council of Fellow's "Excellence in Teaching Award" in 2001. Dr. Gray received the General Electric "Edison Award to Inventors," for a patent submitted on "Method for Data Transfer from a Mobile Asset Considering Communication Link Quality" in 2000. He also received the William E. Jackson Requirements, Technology, and Concepts Award for Aviation (RCTA), representing more than 200 government, industry and academic organizations internationally, in 2000, and the best paper award, Institute of Navigation International GPS Conference, Nashville, TN in 1999.

Dr. Gray came to Penn State Behrend from the Avionics Engineering Center at Ohio University where he held the position of lead project engineer/research scientist, 1997-1999. He also served as a research engineer intern from 1986-1989 at the Center. Prior to that, he was stationed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base; first as a project engineer and later as a research engineer. He served active duty in the United States Air Force and Air National Guard from 1981-1985.

Dr. Gray is a member of the Institute of Navigation (ION), Sigma Xi, The American Research Society, the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering Honor Society, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and it's Vehicular Technology Society.


Organizing conferences, service on conference committees

  • Institute of Navigation International GPS Conference, Long Beach, CA, September 2005.
  • Session Chair, Integrated Navigation Systems with Auxiliary Sensors, with Larry Levy, John Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, Laurel, MD.

Research Interests

  • Information Systems
  • Communication
  • Vehicle Systems Safety

Courses Taught

  • CMPET 117 — Digital Electronics
  • CMPET 120 — Digital Electronics Lab
  • EET 450 — Manufacturing Related Topics in Electrical Systems
  • CMPET 211 — Microprocessors
  • EE BD 496
  • EET 101 — Electrical Circuits I
  • EET 109 — Electrical Circuits Lab
  • EE T 117
  • EE T 117H
  • EE T 120
  • EE T 211
  • EET BD 480
  • EETBD 002S
  • EETBD 450
  • EETBD 458
  • EETBD 480
  • EETBD 490W
  • EETBD 497A
  • EETBD 497G
  • MFGSE 596A
  • MFGSE 597A

Publications and Research

  • Gray, R., "Introduction to systems engineering for engineering and engineering technology students," World Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 159–162, 2004.
  • Gray, R, "Collaborating with industry to enhance an engineering technology curriculum," Ethos (, peer reviewed, eds. Ruth Pflueger and Steve Ferruci), 2003
  • Gray, R., "For GETS, A pipeline of talent," Railway Age, vol. 203, pp. 71–73, 2002.
  • Gray, R. [Principal Investigator], Hemminger, T., and Fisher, K., Pennsylvania Transportation Institute/Center for Navigation, Communication, and Information Systems (PTI/CNCIS), Great Lakes Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) Systems Testing, Center for eBusiness and Advanced IT (eBizITPA), 2004-2006
  • Gray, R. [Co-Principal Investigator], with Sweeney, S., and Fedder, G. (Carnegie Mellon University), Feasibility of Using Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMs) Sensors in a Rail Locomotive Environment, Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance (PITA), February-December 2004
  • Gray, R. [Principal Investigator], Wireless Technology for Rail, Ben Franklin/General Electric Rail, Pennsylvania Transportation Institute/Center for Navigation, Communication, and Information Systems (PTI/CNCIS), 2003-2004.