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Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research Interests

Conceptual design, modeling/simulation, optimization, control, manufacturing and testing/validation of smart-material based multi-physics systems. Piezoelectric materials and shape-memory alloys are among the materials that are studied. Applications include aircraft systems such as multi-rotor drones, fixed-wing, flapping-wing and rotary-wing aircraft, energy-conversion and harvesting systems, soft/compliant robotics, manipulators and biomechanical systems, and mobile biomedical devices.

Education

•    Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2010
•    M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2007
•    B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2005