Dr. Panadda (Nim) Marayong is a professor and the director of the Robotics and Interactive Systems Engineering (RISE) Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at California State University, Long Beach. She received her B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering, with highest honors, from the Florida Institute of Technology in 2001, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in the area of robotics from Johns Hopkins University in 2008. While at Johns Hopkins, she was part of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Computer Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology and was a member of the Haptic Exploration Laboratory under the advisement of Dr. Allison M. Okamura.
Dr. Marayong's main research interests lie in the areas of robotics, human-machine collaborative systems and haptics. She is dedicated to teaching and is also actively involved in numerous educational outreach programs to promote interest in and diversity of participation in science and engineering. She is a member of ASME, IEEE, IEEE-Robotics and Automation Society, SWE, Tau Beta Pi, and Phi Eta Sigma. Currently, she also serves as the faculty advisor of the Society of Women Engineers at CSULB.