Sad news: William (Bill) Gruver

March 11, 2016

SFU announces the passing of William (Bill) Almer Gruver, professor emeritus in the School of Engineering Science, on Feb. 29, 2016 at his home.

Gruver had a long and successful career in industry and academia both in the U.S and in Canada. After obtaining his PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, he worked at DLR Space Research Center, and was a Humboldt Senior Scientist Fellow at the Technical University in Darmstadt, Germany. A few years later, he moved to IRT Corporation in San Diego, a tech company, and was also Director at the Center for Robotics and Manufacturing Systems at the University of Kentucky.

He moved to B.C. and joined SFU on July 1, 1992. He was excited to work again with students and pursue his research interests in robotics. Gruver stayed with SFU until 2006 when he retired as professor emeritus.

“Bill was a long-time colleague and greatly devoted to his work,” said Kamal Gupta, director, School of Engineering Science. “Even after retirement, he continued to work tirelessly and I would bump into him in the school corridors - gentle welcoming smile on his face and we would chat about his various exploits including his choir activities, of which he was very proud.”

Gruver received prestigious awards recognizing his work, including an IEEE Fellow and Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, Norbert Wiener Award and GE Management Award, among many others.

He published 235 technical papers and four books on the theory and applications of robotics and manufacturing automation, distributed intelligent systems, control systems, and optimization. 

On behalf of the School of Engineering Science, we send our condolences to his family and wish him peace in his resting place.

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