People

Research Projects            People         Education        Outreach        

Faculty:

 

mo-rastgaar

Mo Rastgaar, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Director, Human-Interactive Robotics Lab (HIRoLab)

Mohammad Rastgaar-Aagah is an associate professor in the Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Department at Michigan Technological University since 2011. Dr. Rastgaar received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2008. He was a post-doctoral associate in the Newman Laboratory for Biomechanics and Human Rehabilitation at MIT before joining Michigan Tech. Dr. Rastgaar is a recipient of 2014 NSF CAREER award.

Dr. Rastgaar is the founding director of the Human-Interactive Robotics Lab (HIRoLab) at Michigan Tech. The research at the HIRoLab is focused on the development of lower extremity assistive and rehabilitation devices for enhanced agility and improved mobility. The research goal at the HIRoLab is to further our critical understanding of the dynamics of gait, especially during different maneuvers, through experiments with human subjects and modeling.

 

Research Staff:

Evandro Ficanha

 

 

Evandro Ficanha, Ph. D.

Research Engineer

Evandro Ficanha received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Michigan Tech in 2015. His research is focused on the development of the steerable powered ankle-foot prosthetic robots capable of mimicking the human ankle functions. His scholarly contributions awarded him the Mechanical Engineering department’s “Outstanding Scholarship Award” in 2015. Additionally, he has been the instructor for the Robotics and Mechatronics lab since 2012, where he has been continuously involved in reinvigorating the laboratory experiments and syllabus. In 2012, Evandro received the “Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award” for his teaching performance in the Robotics and Mechatronics lab.

He completed his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in mathematics at Michigan Tech in 2011. Evandro received the “Outstanding Student Awards” for leading his senior design team to develop a hybrid electric bicycle as an educational platform for teaching hybrid vehicle technology.

 

houman-dallali2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Houman Dallali, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate

Houman Dallali obtained the B.Sc. degree in electrical and control engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST) in 2006, the M.Sc. degree in control systems engineering with distinction from the University of Sheffield, UK, in 2007 and Ph.D. degree in modelling and control of humanoid robots from the University of Manchester, UK, in 2012. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the advanced robotics department of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Genova, Italy from 2012 to 2015. His research at IIT was focused on development of open source dynamic simulation tools for compliant robots, design and implementation of linear classical and nonlinear robust motion control systems on two humanoid robots called the COMAN and WALKMAN.

He is currently working on modelling and control design for robotic devices used in rehabilitation and human motion assistance.

Ph.D. Students:

unnamed

 

 

Guilherme Aramizo Ribeiro

Guilherme Aramizo Ribeiro is a Mechatronics Engineer currently working with gait analysis experiments and developing a vision system for hierarchical control of lower extremity assistive robots.

During the later years of his bachelor degree in Brazil, he worked with instrumentation of underwater pipelines, and simulation and experimental analysis of vibrating systems.

 

 

Lauren

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lauren Knop 

Lauren Knop is currently a first year Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering at Michigan Tech. Her research is focused on studying the biomechanics of the human ankle. 

A 2015 graduate of Valparaiso University, Lauren received her undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering. While at Valparaiso, she participated in a senior design project that focused on the design of a 3D printed prosthetic hand and undergraduate research that got her involved in the field of biomechanics. 

Undergraduate Students:

 

 

 

Richard Lee

MiCUP Alumni ( More Info here)

Jhoseph Ruiz,Grand Rapids Community College, MI, Summer 2016

Adam Patrick, Delta College, University Center, MI, Summer 2015

Phuong  Vu, Grand Rapids Community College, MI, Summer 2014

Keyler Lerchen, Grand Rapids Community College, MI, Summer 2013

Jason Biggs, Wayne County Community College, MI, Summer 2013

 

Lab Alumni

Rachel Savat, BS , Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Tech, Spring 2016

Abbey Senczyszyn, BS , Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Tech, Spring 2015

Dean Keithly, BS , Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Tech, Spring 2015

Ruiyu Kang, MS , Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Tech, Spring 2015

Chen Jia, MS , Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Tech, Fall 2011-Fall 2014

Jayant Chalke, MS , Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Tech, Spring-Fall 2014

Rohit Dashrathi, MS , Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Tech, Spring-Fall 2013

Rohit Bhute, MS , Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Tech, Fall 2013

Pratik Kadam, MS , Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Tech, Fall 2013

Sarang Sontakke, MS , Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Tech, Fall 2012-Spring 2013

Tarun Sehgal, MS , Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Tech, Spring 2013

Sharil Patrale, MS , Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Tech, Spring 2013

Nicole Maggi, BS , Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Tech, Fall 2012

Guilherme Aramizo Ribeiro, BS , Federal University of Uberlandia, Brazil, Summer and Fall 2012 

Pranitha Doppalapudi, MS , Electrical Engineering, Michigan Tech, Summer 2011

Neil Momsen, BS , Biomedical Engineering, Michigan Tech, 2011– 2012,