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Post-doctoral Researchers


Bryant, M., Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University, '12-'13; currently an Assistant Professor, NC State University.

Elnashar, A., Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt, '11-'12; currently employed by a governmental R&D association in Egypt.

Tiwari, R., Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, '09-'12; currently employed by The Dow Chemical Companys.

Wickenheiser, A., Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University, '07-'09; currently an Assistant Professor, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Chandana, P., Ph.D. Computer Science, University of Zurich, Research Associate, '05-'06.

Lobontiu, N., Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania; Research Associate, '97-'99; '02-'04; currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Alaska, Anchorage.

Pokines, B., Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Research Associate '95-'97; currently a Program Office with AFOSR Asia Office, Japan.

Main, J. A., Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Vanderbilt University; Research Associate '93-'95 for the Smart Structures Laboratory; currently, an Associate Professor at University of Kentucky at Lexington; on leave to DARPA.


PhD Degree


Schlichting, A., Ph.D. Dissertation, "Embedded Power Management and Control for Harvested Energy," Cornell University, 2013; employed at the MITRE Corp.

Shafer, M., Ph.D. Dissertation, "Piezoelectric Vibrational Energy Harvesters: Designs, Limits, and Applications to Avian Bio-logging," Cornell University, 2013; employed as Assistant Professor at Northern Arizona University

Reissman, M., Ph.D. Dissertation, "Meso-scale Transduction Systems and Applications to Energy Harvesting Onboard Flying Insects," Cornell University, 2013; employed as Post-Doc. Researcher at LIMS at Northwestern University.

Bryant, M., Ph.D. Dissertation, "Aeroelastic Flutter Vibration Energy Harvesting: Modeling, Testing, and System Design," Cornell University, 2012; employed as Post-Doc. Researcher at LIMS.

Cuji, E., Ph.D. Dissertation, "Analysis of Linked Aircraft Aerodynamics and Flight Dynamics," Cornell University, 2011; employed at Draper Laboratories.

Dietl, J., Ph.D. Dissertation, "Elastodynamic Systems: Ornithopters and Power Harvesting," Cornell University, 2010; employed at the Raytheon Co.

Manzo, J., Ph.D. Dissertation, "Bio-Inspired Morphing Aircraft Mechanisms and Applications on Soaring Bat Wing Aerodynamics," Cornell University, 2010; employed at Booz-Allen-Hamilton.

Wickenheiser, A.M., Ph.D. Dissertation, "Dynamics and Trajectory Optimization of Morphing Aircraft in Perching Maneuvers," Cornell University, 2008. currently an Assistant Professor, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Alcazar, J., Ph.D. Dissertation, "Swarm Dynamics and Controls,"Cornell University, August, 2006; employed at MIT (Monterey Institute of Technology), Mexico, City; GM Labs, Detroit, MI.

Cox, A., Ph.D. Thesis, "Flapping Robotic Systems," Vanderbilt University, 2002; currently, Chief of Staff for S&T, Office of Strategy and Budget, Homeland Security, Washington, D.C.

Adetona, W., Ph.D. Dissertation, "Stable Adaptive Control of Unknown Nonlinear Dynamic Systems Using Neural Networks," Vanderbilt University, 1997; Professor, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN.

Dunn, B., Ph.D. Dissertation, "Optimal Output Placement of Actuators and Sensors for Active Vibration and Structural Acoustic Control," Vanderbilt University, 1997; employed with Ball Aerospace, Inc., Boulder, Colorado; formerly with the Naval Research Laboratories; now a Senior Engineer at Ball Aerospace, Boulder, Colorado.

Duong, K., Ph.D. Dissertation, "Design, Modeling and Performance Optimization of a Novel Rotary Piezoelectric Inchworm Motor," Vanderbilt University, 1997; employed with Oceaneering Space Systems, Inc., Houston, Texas.; currently with Sugarland Oil, Houston, Texas.

Jones, L.D., Ph.D. Dissertation, "A Comparison of Observer-Based Approaches for Self-Sensing Piezoelectric Actuators," Vanderbilt University, 1997; employed at Garman Systems Incorporated, Nashville, TN; currently, self-employed.

Papadopoulos, M., Ph.D. Dissertation, "Novel Approaches in the Dynamics and Multivariable Control of Flexible Structures," Vanderbilt University, 1996; employed at the Aerospace Corporation, Los Angeles, California.

Papadopoulos, L., Ph.D. Dissertation, "A Probabilistic Approach to Damage Detection Location and Estimation," Vanderbilt University, 1996; employed at Lockheed-Martin, Sunnyvale, California; currently, with Aerospace Corporation.

Carlin, R.A., Ph.D. Dissertation, "Damage Detection, Location and Estimation in Structures," Vanderbilt University, 1996; employed at Anderson Consulting R&D, Chicago, Illinois.

Golden, J., Ph.D. Dissertation, "Adaptive Approximation and Optimization of Transform Functions," Vanderbilt University, 1995; employed at Natural Selection Incorporated, San Diego, California.

M.S. Degree


Hoossainy, T., M.S. Thesis, "Optimization for rotor track and balance," Cornell University, 2012; Milwaulkee Tool.

Hurst, A., M.S., "Estimation and control of a bio-inspired aircraft," Cornell University, 2012; Sandia National Labs.

Walters, M., M.S., "Automating the subsurface threat detection process through system realization techniques," Cornell University, 2011.

Fang, A., M.S. Thesis, "Porous Silicon as a Proton Exchange Membrane for Direct Methanol Fuel Cells," Cornell University, 2005; Sikorsky Aircraft, Inc.

Dyer, J., M.S. Thesis, "A Study of Localized Control Methodology for Autonomous Agent Swarms," 2001.

Cox, A., M.S. Thesis, "A Solid State Approach to Flapping Micro-Aerial Vehicles," Vanderbilt University, May 1999.

Fischer, G., M.S. Thesis, "Elastodynamic Locomotion in Mesoscale Robotic Insects," Vanderbilt University, 1999; employed with Strategic Analysis, Inc., Washington, D.C.

Gordon, K., M.S. Thesis, "Mesoscale Elastodynamic Robotic Bugs," Vanderbilt University, 1999; employed with Lexmark, Inc.

Samuelson, M.N., M.S. Thesis, "Design of a Piezoelectric Rotary Inchworm Motor," Vanderbilt University, 1998; employed with Dynamics Structures and Materials, Inc., Franklin, Tennessee.

O'Malley, E.J., M.S. Thesis, "Boundary Condition Impact on Performance of Circular Piezoelectric Induced Strain Actuators," Vanderbilt University, 1999; employed with Dynamics Structures and Materials, Inc., Franklin, Tennessee; now at Halliburton, Houston, Texas.

Barr, J.L., M.S. Thesis, "Development of a Two Degree of Freedom Micromanipulator and Microgripper," Vanderbilt University, 1999; employed with Dynamic Structures and Materials, Inc., Franklin, Tennessee.

Pratt, K., M.S. Thesis, "Dynamic Control and Probability Study of an Autonomous Robotic Swarm in a Dynamic Environment," Vanderbilt University, 1998.

De la Mora, G., M.S. Thesis, "Tendon Control of Naval Research Laboratory Fixed Space Truss," Vanderbilt University, 1997; employed with MPC Products Corporation, Niles, IL.

Seimak, S., M.S. Thesis, "Precise Machine Tool Control," Vanderbilt University, 1995; currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Minnesota.

Howard, D., M.S. Thesis, "An Equation for the Induced Bending Moment Encountered by an Embedded Piezoceramic Structure," Vanderbilt University, 1996; employed at Burroughs Corporation, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Pandell, T., M.S. Thesis, "Design of a Caterpillar Piezoelectric Motor," Vanderbilt University, 1996; employed at Active Control Experts, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Ashburn, K., M.S. Thesis, "Design of an Embedded Piezoelectric Element in an Anisotropic Structures," Vanderbilt University, 1996; employed at General Motors Delco Division, Anderson, Indiana.

Newton, D., M.S. Thesis, "Development of a Linear Piezoelectric Motor," Vanderbilt University, 1994; employed with Garman Systems, Inc., 1994.

Dunn, B., M.S. Thesis, "Actuator Structure Interaction for Tendon Control of Flexible Space Trusses," Vanderbilt University, 1994; currently a Ph.D. candidate at Vanderbilt University, 1994.

Jones, L., M.S. Thesis, "Self-sensing Control as Applied to a Stacked PZT Actuator Used as a Micropositioner," Vanderbilt University, 1994.

Stockton, R., M.S. Thesis, "Do Links that Slew Slew True?: Determination of Chaos in Flexible Structures," Vanderbilt University, 1993; currently an employee at Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.

Link, T., M.S. Thesis, "Vibration Suppression of Flexible Structures with Parametric Uncertainty Using Interval Control Systems," Vanderbilt University, 1993; currently with the Microsoft Corporation, Seattle, Washington.

Kendall, C., M.S. Thesis, "Deflection of a Post-Buckled Beam Using Piezoceramic Actuators," Vanderbilt University, 1993; currently employed with Peterbilt Motor Division, Nashville, Tennessee.

Argento, J.M., M.S. Thesis, "Isolation of Payloads from Launch Vehicle Dynamics," Vanderbilt University, 1993; One of ten civilians nationwide to be accepted into Air Force flight school in 1991, Pilot US Air Force.

Carlin, R.A., M.S. Thesis, "On the Application of Data Compression Techniques on Modal Analysis," State University of New York at Buffalo, 1992; Anderson Consulting, Inc.

Curtis, J., M.S. Thesis, "Passive and Active Control Synergism for Flexible Structures," State University of New at Buffalo, 1992; currently with General Motors.

D'Amore, M.D., M.S. Thesis, "Vibration Suppression of Flexible Structures During Slewing Maneuvers," State University of New York at Buffalo, 1992; currently a design engineer at the Moog Corporation, Buffalo, New York.

Hamernik-Curtis, T., M.S. Thesis, "Optimal Placement of Passively Damped Struts via Simulated Annealing of in a Two Dimensional Experimental Truss Structure," State University of New York at Buffalo, 1992; currently, with General Motors.