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Professor Elizabeth A. Croft (BASc UBC ’88, MASc Waterloo ’92, PhD Toronto ’95) is the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Professor in the Departments of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering.  Her research in industrial robotics and human-robot interaction advances the design of intelligent controllers and interaction methods that underpin how people and autonomous, collaborative systems can work together in a safe, predictable, and helpful manner.

Professor Croft has an exceptional record of advancing women’s representation and participation in engineering. Most recently, as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Chair for Women in Science and Engineering (2010-2015), she worked with partners in funding agencies, industry, academe, and the education system on comprehensive strategies to improve women’s participation and retention in the STEM disciplines at all level. As the Marshall Bauder Professor in Engineering Economics, Business and Management Training from 2015-2017, she launched the Master of Engineering Leadership degrees at UBC.

Her outstanding contributions to education and research have earned Professor Croft considerable acclaim, including the NSERC Accelerator Award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (2007-10), the Alan Blizzard Award, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in 2008, WXN’s top 100 most powerful women in Canada 2014 and the RA McLachlan Award - the peak career award for Professional Engineers in the Province of British Columbia. She is a fellow of the ASME, Engineers Australia, Engineers Canada and the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Research area keywords

  • human-robot interaction
  • human-in-the-loop control
  • Trajectory generation
  • Collaborative Robotics
  • multi-modal communication
  • robotic assistants
  • Augmented Reality
  • Women in STEM


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