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Robotics and Automation

One of the main strengths in the Manufacturing Engineering Department is in the area of Robotics and Automation. The department has made a significant investment in training the next generation of students on a wide variety of industrial robotics and controls including Fanuc, Mitsubishi, Yaskawa, and Allen Bradley. The flexible manufacturing system (FMS) integrates multiple advanced manufacturing technologies to provide a completely automated assembly line including machining, inspection, rework, serialization, and packaging.

Faculty in Robotics and Automation

Dr. Vladamir Gurau, Assistant Professor, received his Ph.D. in Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering in 1998 from University of Miami. His research interests include fuel cells, flow batteries, green and alternative energy, flexible manufacturing systems, robotics, automated assembly processes, collaborative robots, high-volume manufacturing processes for fuel cells and flow battery components, computational fluid dynamics, materials characterization, electrochemical micro/nanomachining.
 Dr. Lianjun Wu, Assistant Professor, received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 2017 from The University of Texas at Dallas. His research interests include robotics with an emphasis on soft robotics and collaborative robots. His interests also include smart actuators and structures, such as polymer artificial muscle, shape memory alloy, pneumatic actuator. He has been conducting research at integrating soft silent strong (3S) grippers into collaborative robots to advance the state-of-the-art robotic grippers and control strategies.  
Dr. Yue Zhang, Assistant Professor, received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering in 2013 from Texas Tech University. Dr. Zhang’s research interests include nanotechnology-enhanced energy storage and polymer composite for soft robotics and biomedical engineering. His interests also include the processing and characterization of nanomaterials with an emphasis on carbon nanomaterials. 

Last updated: 10/27/2020