Thanks to one Richmond professor, more Spider women could be developing the calculations to build the next NASA rover.

Computer science professor Jory Denny recently received funding from the Computing Research Association for Women for his robotics project that also promotes diversity in computing research.

Denny, who has taught at Richmond for the past year, is collaborating with an undergraduate student on the project. His research specifically seeks to develop advanced algorithms for planning robotic motions and applies to all types of robots — from vacuums to rovers.

“Women are underrepresented in computer science,” Denny says. “It’s exciting to receive support for a project that I'm not only passionate about but also aligns with two key areas of focus for the University of Richmond — promoting diversity and promoting undergraduate research.”

Congratulations, Dr. Denny! We’re proud to have faculty who create opportunities for everyone.