- Associated Press - Sunday, July 20, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida State University professor has been awarded a $400,000 grant to fund research in the field of robotics.

Mechanical engineering professor Jonathan Clark received the Career Award from the National Science Foundation. The award is given to scientists in the early stages of their academic careers.

Clark aims to build robots that can quickly and easily navigate a variety of terrains, such as in search-and-rescue missions or cleanups of hazardous materials.

Clark also has worked with biologists to build several robots that mimic animal movements.

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