People

Faculty

Professor Brent Gillespie

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.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Akshay Bhardwaj

Akshay Bhardwaj received his MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2018 and 2021 respectively. He is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at University of Michigan where he is jointly working with Prof. Nadine Sarter (THInC Lab) and Prof. Brent Gillespie. Akshay’s research focuses on studying the human behavior when humans physically interact with automation, and on designing automation system that can safely and efficiently collaborate with humans.

Akshay’s research interests include physical human-machine interaction, modeling and control of robotic systems, and human-centered automation design.

Doctoral Students

Steven Cutlip

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

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

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.

Hanna Baez

Hannah Baez

Hannah Baez received her BS and MS in Robotics Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2020 and 2021 respectively. She is currently a Ph.D. student at the Robotics Institute at the University of Michigan jointly working under Prof. Nadine Sarter (THInC Lab) and Prof. Brent Gillespie. Hannah’s research focuses on developing trust and transparency between humans and robotic systems to encourage efficient function allocation.

Hannah’s research interests include human-robot interaction, modeling and control of robotic systems, and cognitive ergonomics.

Master’s Students

Siddhesh More

Siddhesh More (Sid) received his BS in Mechanical Engineering and Minor in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2020. He is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering (specializing in controls) at the University of Michigan. Sid is currently working with Akshay Bharadwaj on Haptic Communication in Human-Human Interactions Project.

Sid’s research interests include Human-Machine Interaction, Modeling, and Control of Mechatronic and Robotics systems.

Max Wu

Max Wu received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly SLO in 2021. He is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering (specializing in Mechatronics) at the University of Michigan. Max is currently working with Akshay Bharadwaj on Haptic Communication in Human-Automation Interactions Project.

Max’s research interests include Modeling and Control of Mechatronic and Robotics systems, Autonomous Vehicles, and Vehicle Dynamics.

Undergraduate Students

Xiang Ye

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.

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

Melissa Brei

Graduate Student in Mechanical Engineering at MIT

Jacob Suchoski

PhD Student in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University

Jordan Barkus

M.S. in Mechatronics Engineering at Oakland University