Personalities of Pittsburgh: Cetin Mericli of Locomation wants to change how the world works

Although Cetin Mericli grew up in Turkey, even as a child he knew he wanted to study robotics at Carnegie Mellon University. Mericli invested a great deal of time in his education — completing his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering in 2002, his master’s degree in computer engineering in 2005 and his Ph.D. in 2011. He arrived in Pittsburgh in 2009 and served as a post-doctoral researcher at CMU until 2013, when he joined the National Robotics Engineering Center. He stayed there until 2018, when he founded autonomous trucking company Locomation. In recent months, Locomation completed its first on-road pilot program and secured its first large-scale purchase order.