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Nina Mahmoudian, PhD

 

Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
January 2011 – Present
Office: 1009 MEEM
Phone: (906) 487-3084
Email: ninam@mtu.edu
Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2009,
Nonlinear Systems Laboratory (NSL),
Virginia Center for Autonomous Systems (VaCAS).
Research Associate,University of Maryland, 2010,
Collective Dynamics and Control Laboratory (CDCL),
Maryland Robotics Center.
Awards and Honors:
– 2015 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program (YIP) award.
– 2015 National Science Foundation CAREER award
Research Interest:
Nonlinear Control and Dynamics, Autonomous Systems, Cyber-physical Systems, Cooperative Control of Multi Agent Systems.

Research Engineer

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Barzin Moridian

 

M.S. Mechanical Engineering – Michigan Tech, 2014
Projects:
– Robotic Systems: Developing autonomous navigation systems, sensor fusion, dynamic modeling, and feedback controllers for unmanned ground vehicles and aerial vehicles.
– Mobile Microgrid: Developing an autonomous mobile microgrid for establishment of power in hard-to-reach locations.
– Mission planning for heterogeneous group of robots: Mission planning and scheduling for a group of collaborative robots with different performance characteristics and tasks.
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PH.D. Researchers

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Donna Fard

 

M.S. Naval Architecture-Hydro Mechanics, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 2007
Projects:
GUPPIE Educational test bed: Utilizing an underwater robot (GUPPIE) for educational purposes for middle/high school students
ROUGHIE great lake research robot: Control system design, sensor integration, data acquisition, analysis and simulation.
Expected Graduation Date: Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, 2017
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Bingxi Li

 

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Toledo, 2013
Projects:
-Designing a timing strategy to maintain a group of operating robots working continuously through the support of a team of charging robots. The goal is to maintain the surveillance mission of a given area using the least energy consumption or shortest mission period.
-Dynamic modelling of various types of the vehicle, mainly for underground vehicle on the road surface. The model describes how the vehicle’s components will respond to excitation under different conditions.
Before joining NAS Lab, Bingxi used to work in the Dynamic and Smart Systems Lab in ME department, The University of Toledo as an RA, conducting research on the position control of the smart material actuators using dSPACE Real-Time Interface and MATLAB. Proficiently manipulating sensors and instruments such as encoder, power supply, and laser sensor.
Expected Graduation Date: Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, 2018
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John Naglak

 

B.S. in Engineering – Fort Lewis College, 2014
John is a new PHD student in Mechanical Engineering, coming to Michigan Tech after working in industry at AMPT, a hot-test hypergolic rocket engine testing company in Durango, Colorado. He worked on passive ocean sampling platforms as an undergraduate student.
Expected graduation: PhD Mechanical Engineering, 2021

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Brian Page

 

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Tech
Development of ROUGHIE mechanical and control systems.
Brian is a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering focusing on robotics systems development. He has experience in developing complex mechanical systems and the controllers that support them. Brian’s current research focus is on development of the ROUGHIE mechanical system to have increased functionality and ease of use. He received a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in 2013 and will be going to the Los Alamos Dynamics Summer School in 2015.
Expected graduation: PhD Mechanical Engineering, 2019

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Anthony Pinar

 

M.S. in Electrical Engineering – Michigan Tech, 2014
Project: Development of the electrical distribution and actuator interface systems for ROUGHIE (underwater glider).
Anthony is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan Technological University. His current research areas include machine learning, image processing, computational intelligence, and small-scale power distribution systems for autonomous robots. He spent a few years as an electrical design engineer at GE Aviation where he designed many circuit boards and electrical assemblies ranging from small rack-mounted electrical trays to multi-bay rack systems, and now he uses his design experience to help with NAS Lab solutions and various freelance projects.
Expected graduation: PhD Spring 2017

 

Nathan Spike

 

B.S. Mechanical Engineering St. Cloud State University 2016
Nathan is a first year PhD Student currently working with Clearpath’s Husky robot implementing new sensor packages.
Expected graduation: PhD  Mechanical Engineering, 2021

 

Undergraduate Researchers

Matthew Gustman

Mechanical Engineering
Expected Graduation: Fall 2017 or Spring 2018

Patrick Morath

Electrical Engineering
Expected Graduation: Spring 2018

   

Vilnis Stumbris

Mechanical Engineering
Expected Graduation: Fall 2018

Previously Associated

 Peter Gorecki

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Electrical Engineering Minor
Graduated Fall 2016

 

 

 

 

  Jonathan Burke 

Jonathan Burke

 

 

  Jacobe Baily

Jake Baily

Jacobe Baily

 

  Nathan Beyers

Nate Beyers
B.S. Mechanical Engineering – Michigan Tech
Nathan is a Robotics/mechatronics engineer with experience in sensors and automation. He is involved in Aerospace Enterprise (Satellite controls) and Blue Marble Security Enterprise (Non-magnetic compass).
Projects:
– Microgrid project: Self-aligning connector, sensor fusion, networking of robots, scaling up to larger robots
– ARTV (Past): Sensor use and basic control
– GUPPIE (Past): Machining, construction, and testing
Graduated: Spring 2016 M.Sc.
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Daryl Bennett

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B.S. Electrical Engineering

Involvement: AF-ROTC

Project: ARTV, Mobile Power-grid

Graduated : May 2015

Kevin Coleman

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Lab Member: 2012-2014

Contribution: ARTV Electrical Modifications and Coding

Corson Cramer

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Lab Member: 2011-2012

Contribution: ARTV slip algorithms

 

 

Ahmad Elrai

Lab Member: Summer 2012

Contribution: GUPPIE fabrication and video editting

 

Megan Farrish

Lab Member: 2011-2012

Contribution: LEGO Robot Outreach

 

Vincent Fitzgerald

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Lab Member: 2011-2012

Contribution: GUPPIE 3D Modeling

 

Allena Greiner

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B.S. Mechanical Engineering

Project: Mobile Power Grids

Graduated: May 2015

 

 

 

Anne Jarvey

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Lab Member: 2011-2012

Contribution: Sea Perch construction and analysis

 

 

Amanda Keech

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Lab member: 2011-2012

Contribution: Sea Perch construction and analysis

 

 

Byrel Mitchel

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B.S. Math, Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering – Trine University, Angola, IN
Byrel is a multi-disciplinary engineer with broad interests, including a passion for robotic control system and data-driven design.
Projects:
– Design and revision of the underwater gliders.
– Sonar-based path-planning based on linear feature tracking in AUVs
Graduated: Dec 2015

 

Guilherme Aramizo Ribeiro

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B.S. Mechatronics Engineering,

Federal University of Uberlandia, Brazil

Project: ROUGHIE

Expected Graduation Date: May 2018, Ph.D Mechanical Engineering

 

Paul Roehm

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B.S. Mechanical Engineering

Graduated: May 2015

 

 

 

Kelsy Ryskamp

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Lab Member: 2011-2012

Contribution: Artificial knee design and fabrication

Kyle Schmied

 

Lab Member: Summer 2014

Contribution: ROUGHIE testing

Colin Tyrell

Lab member: Summer 2013

Contribution: ROUGHIE fabrication and water tank fabrication

Eric Wilkening

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B.S. ME, B.S. BioMed Eng., Math Minor, May 2015
Projects: GUPPIE, ROUGHIE
Involvement: SURF 2012, SYP 2013, Navy NUPOC