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 PhD 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 PhD, 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 University of Delhi (India) in 2015, and his M.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Michigan in 2018. He is currently a PhD 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. 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.
Recent Lab Alumni
Alex Russomanno received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2012 and a PhD in ME from Michigan in 2017. He was a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His research interests involve microfluidics, surface haptic interface design, and tactile perception. He is now the Co-founder and CEO of NewHaptics.
Amirhossein Ghasemi received his PhD from the University of Kentucky. Prior to his postdoctoral fellowship, he was a research engineer at Tribo Flow Separations, and held a lecturer position at the University of Kentucky. His research interests span the broad areas of designing control architectures for systems with human-machine interaction such as semi-autonomous vehicles as well as developing control techniques for unmanned systems including precise manufacturing machines and micro-satellites. He is now with the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Emma Treadway received her B.S. in Engineering Science from Trinity University (San Antonio, TX) in 2011 and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2017. Her research interests include haptic rendering and robotic rehabilitation and prosthetics. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Science at Trinity University.
Daniel Ursu graduated from Johns Hopkins University as a biomedical and mechanical engineer. He is currently pursuing an MD/PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. He is a tinkerer and explorer at heart and wishes to combine his passions for medicine and engineering by pursuing research in the fields of medical robotics, smart prosthetics and human-machine interaction. He is also passionate about finding simple and sustainable engineering and clinical solutions to problems pertaining to global and public health.
Jeremy Brown graduated with a B.S. in Applied Physics and Mechanical Engineering from the Atlanta University Center’s Dual Degree Engineering Program with Morehouse College and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2008. He received his Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan in May 2014. His research interests include neuroprosthetics, human-machine interfaces, and bio-mechatronics. He did a postdoctoral research fellowship working in the Haptics Group as part of the GRASP Lab at the University of Pennsylvania, and is now an the John C. Malone Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins.
Dongwon Kim received the B.S. degree (summa cum laude) in mechanical engineering from Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea in 2008 and the M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from KAIST, Daejeon, Korea in 2010. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at UofM in 2016. His research interests include Human Motor Control for Human-Robot Interaction, the Universe, and escape from the Universe.
Bo Yu received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Nanjing, China) in 2005. He completed his M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, Canada) in 2008. He received his Ph.D. in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2015. His research interests involve fundamental design limitations in multi-agent systems, haptic interface design for piano action, and networked control systems.
John Busch Jr received his B.S. in Computer Engineering from Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN) in 2016. He recently received the M.S. degree from the Robotics Institute at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His interests include rehabilitation robotics, embedded systems, and neural interfacing for haptic perception with applications in robotic prosthetics.
Lars Watts was Master’s student in Mechanical Engineering with a focus in Controls. His studies have included courses in Mechatronics, Robotics, Vehicle Controls and Vehicle Dynamics. He finished his BSME at Brigham Young University (Provo) in 2016. For his research, he worked on investigating the effectiveness of using Haptic Shared Control in Semi-Autonomous Vehicles.
Zhentao Xu is a master’s student majoring in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan and double majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. His interests involve soft robotics and controls. He worked on The Holy Braille Project with Alex.
Paul Boehm received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University in 2011. He recently received his M.S. from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. General research interests include dynamics and control. He was involved in the Haptic Shared Control project.
Sulbin Park received her B.S. in Physics with a minor in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in 2014. She recently received her M.S. from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. Her research interests include rehabilitation engineering, controls, and signal processing.
Raghavsrinivas Ramkumar received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a M.Eng. in Robotics and Autonomous Vehicles. He collaborated with Dr. Rebecca Minter to design and build a prototype surgical simulator for laparotomy fascia closure. He was primarily responsible for design and fabrication of physical simulator prototype used to study effects of objective feedback on student learning of fascia closure technique. He also worked on the design and implementation of Matlab-based image processing algorithms that assess suture technique based on strain field motion. His research interests center around medical robotics for specialized techniques and learning.
Jordan Barkus received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Mathematics from the University of Michigan in December 2012. He is currently a Driveline Design Responsible Engineer for General Motors and is working on his Masters in Mechatronics Engineering from Oakland University. While studying as an undergraduate he helped to develop a torque arm haptic display and gripper to improve haptic feedback for trans-radial amputees. He also helped to produce a body powered orthosis for stroke patients exercise rehabilitation.
Jacob Suchoski received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in December 2012. He is currently at Stanford University where he completed his Masters in Mechanical Engineering and is working on his Ph.D. While studying as an undergraduate he helped to develop a torque arm haptic display that utilized series elastic actuators to provide grip force feedback for trans-radial amputees.