• Sc.D, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1965
  • M.S., University of California, Berkeley, 1963
  • B.S., Illinois Institute of Technology, 1962


Began at Tech in Fall 1965 as an Assistant Professor and retired in 1996 as Professor Emeritus.


Dr. Dickerson's current research is entirely in the field of high-performance, computer-controlled motion devices (robots) for manufacturing and service sector automation. His research is funded by the National Center for Manufacturing Science, the Ford Motor Company, and a couple of Georgia Tech spin-off companies.

  • Inventors Clubs of America New Technology Award, 1992
  • The Atlanta Business and Technology Alliance Most Innovative Technology Award, 1992

Selected Patents

  • Precision Apparatus with Non-Rigid, Imprecise Structure, and Method for Operating Same, U. S. Patent 5,946,449, with W. J. Book and N. Sadegh, August 31, 1999.
  • Image Data Reading and Processing Apparatus, U. S. Patent 5,146,340, with Kok-Meng Lee, September 1992

Representative Publications

  • X. Xie, G. Sharp, and S. Dickerson. 1996. Order Accumulation and Sorting Using an Automated Storage and Retrieval System. Manufacturing Science and Engineering MED 4.
  • S. Dickerson, R. Lasky, and P. Zarrow. 1996. The Assembly Line in the New Millennium. Proceedings of the Surface Mount International Conference, September 10, 1996.
  • J. Volcy, W. Du, and S. Dickerson. 1995. Integrated Vision Units for Process Monitoring and Feedback in Electronic Assembly. ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress, November 1995. In ASME Book No. H01022.
  • S. L. Dickerson and Lonnie J. Love. 1994. Mechanical Systems Lab: A Real Life Approach to Teaching Engineering. Dynamic Systems and Control 55(2), 1063-1066.
  • S. L. Dickerson, K. M. Lee, T. Single, and D. Lee. 1990. Intelligent Material Handling Use of Vision. Proceedings of the SPIE Intelligent Robots and Computer Vision Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, Paper No. 1381-25.