Daniel H. Wilson
B.S. 2000, Computer Science
Daniel H. Wilson, a Tulsa native who attended Booker T. Washington High School before coming to TU, is the author of eight books, a robotics engineer, a contributing editor at Popular Mechanics and has hosted The History Channel TV show The Works.
Wilson earned a BS in computer science from TU where he worked with Professor Sandip Sen on research in Artificial Intelligence. A Cherokee native, Wilson was a participant in the OK-LSAMP program for his four years of undergraduate work starting with the summer before joining TU when he participated in a summer bridge program. He also participated in the Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge (TURC) and study abroad, spending a semester in Melbourne, Australia.
“I grew up within walking distance of The University of Tulsa and always knew that one day I would go there, just like my dad,” he said. “I showed up at the Department of Computer Science a fan of science fiction, and thanks to top flight professors and the availability of undergraduate research, I left a scientist.”
In addition to his degree at TU, Wilson holds a doctorate in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute. He wrote his award-winning first book How to Survive a Robot Uprising in 2005 and has since published three additional nonfiction tongue-in-cheek books about technology as well as Bro-Jitsu (2010). Wilson’s three latest books – A Boy and His Bot, Robopocalypse, and AMP – are fiction novels. Robopocalypse (2011) was on the New York Times’ bestsellers list and is being made into a movie by director Steven Spielberg.
Currently Wilson and his family live in Portland, Oregon, where he is working on new books and writing screenplays for movies about his books.