People

Faculty

Professor Brent Gillespie
University of Michigan
College of Engineering – Mechanical Engineering

Professor Gillespie received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis, M.S., and Ph.D. from Stanford University. At Stanford, he was associated both with the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) and the Dextrous Manipulation Laboratory. After his Ph.D., he spent three years as a postdoc at Northwestern University working in the Laboratory for Intelligent Machines (LIMS). Currently, he holds the position of Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Current Graduate Students

Akshay Bhardwaj received his B.E. in Manufacturing and Automation Engineering from the University of Delhi (India) in 2015, and his M.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2018. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering.

Akshay’s research interests include physical human-machine interaction, modeling and control of automotive systems, and design of haptic interfaces.

 

Steven Cutlip received a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering (2014, 2016) from the University of New Mexico. He is currently a Ph.D. student in the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Michigan.

Steven’s current interests include haptic shared control of vehicles, human motor control theory, and haptic feedback for neural interfaced prosthetics.

 

 

 

Mark Nail received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 2020. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the Robotics Institute at the University of Michigan.

Mark’s current interests include field robotics, autonomy, robotic control, rapid prototyping, and design.

 

 

 

Zachary Brei received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University with a minor in Computer Science in 2020. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan.

Zachary’s current research interest is the modeling and control of soft robotic systems.

 

 

 

Current Undergraduate Students

Xiang Ye is currently pursuing a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan.

He is working with Akshay Bhardwaj on Shared Control in Vehicle Steering project.

 

 

 

Melissa is currently pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan.

 
Melissa is researching soft-robotic actuators and is currently modeling and testing a bellow design.

 

 

 

Lab Alumni

Postdoctoral Fellows

Alex Russomanno

Co-founder and CEO of NewHaptics

Amirhossein Ghasemi

Assistant Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Doctoral Students

Emma Treadway

Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Science at Trinity University

Daniel Ursu

Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Neuromuscular Lab, University of Michigan

Jeremy Brown 

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins

Bo Yu 

System Engineer at General Motors

Master’s Students

John Busch Jr

Electrical/Embedded Systems Engineer at IAM Robotics

Lars Watts

ADAS Engineer at Hitachi Automotive Systems

Zhentao Xu

Software Engineer at Linkedin

Sulbin Park 

Automated Driving Engineer at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Raghavsrinivas Ramkumar 

Engineer at Duo Security

Undergraduate Students

Jacob Suchoski

PhD Student in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University

Jordan Barkus

M.S. in Mechatronics Engineering at Oakland University