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
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.
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