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Faculty

Dr. C. Nataraj C. Nataraj, Ph.D., Director
Professor and Chair, Mechanical Engineering Department
Email: Nataraj@villanova.edu
Dr. C. Nataraj is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Villanova University. He received PhD in Engineering Science from Arizona State University in 1987. His current research interests focus on unmanned system dynamics and control, nonlinear dynamics and control with applications to Smart Valve Systems, magnetic bearings, vibration, prognostics, and robotics.
 
DongBin Lee, Ph.D. DongBin Lee, Ph.D.
Post-Doctorate
Email: dongbin.lee@villanova.edu
Dr. DongBin Lee is an Engineer who earned his Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering, specializing in Robotics and Mechatronics in 2009 from Clemson University. He earned a B.S. in Electronics and Communications Engineering and a M.S in Control and Instrumentation, called Robotics, Engineering from KwangWoon University, Seoul, South Korea. He is a research associate of the DSL laboratory. His current research focus is on nonlinear control and unmanned systems such as Robotics, Unmanned Autonomous Surface Vessel (ASV), Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV), and electric machinery system. The control approaches he has shown are nonlinear control based on Lyapunov-type analysis, Adaptive, Robust, Optimal, State and Output Feedback Control, and Computational Intelligence such as Fuzzy, Neural Network system, and Genetic Algorithms.
 
C. A. Kitio Kwuimy, Ph.D. C. A. Kitio Kwuimy, Ph.D.
Visiting Researcher
Email: cedrickaurelien.kitiokwuimy@villanova.edu
Dr C. A. Kitio Kwuimy is physicist from the University of Yaounde 1, Yaounde, Cameroon (Africa). He earned his M.Sc and Ph.D. degrees in physics (with focus on Nonlinear Dynamics and Modeling in Engineering systems) in Feb. 2004 and Oct. 2008 from University of Yaounde 1, respectively. He is a visiting researcher of the DSL laboratory. His research work is focused on application of nonlinear phenomena and active control on electromechanical and mechanical systems. His current research focus is on nonlinear dynamics of magnetics bearing systems.

Graduate Students

Frank Ferrese Frank Ferrese, Ph.D. Candidate
Graduate Student
Email: frank.ferrese@villanova.edu
Frank Ferrese is an Electrical and Computer Engineer with a B.S. from the Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa. He earned his M.S. in Computer Engineering in 2006 from Villanova University. He is a research engineer at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division in Philadelphia. His current research focus is on market based controls and resource allocation.
 
Peiman Naseradin Mousavi Peiman Naseradin Mousavi, Ph.D. Candidate
Research Assistant
Email: Peiman.Naseradinmousavi@villanova.edu
Peiman N. Mousavi is a Ph.D. student in the college of engineering at Villanova University. He received the B.Sc and M.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from Tabriz University and Guilan University (Iran) in 2004 and 2006, respectively. His research interests are biped robots and nonlinear control and dynamics. His current research focus is on smart valve system modeling, permanent magnet and magnetic bearings.
 
Ali Jalali Ali Jalali, Ph.D. Candidate
Research Assistant
Email: Ali.Jalali@villanova.edu
Ali Jalali received his B.S. degree from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran in 2005 in Material Science and Engineering and M.S. degree from K.N.T. University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 2008 in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently working towards the Ph.D. program in Mechanical Engineering at Villanova University starting spring 2010. His research interests are in the areas of cardiovascular system, biomedical signals processing, system identification, information theory, dynamic systems and control.
 
Kristin Dormuth Kristin Dormuth, Ph.D. Candidate
Research Assistant
Email: kdormu01@villanova.edu
Kristin Dormuth is a mechanical engineer with a BS from the University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN). She earned her MS in mechanical engineering from Villanova University in December 2009 and is currently completing coursework toward her PhD, also at Villanova University.
 
Casey St. Fleur Casey St. Fleur, Ph.D. Candidate
Research Assistant
Email: cstfle01@villanova.edu
Casey St. Fleur is a Mechanical Engineer with a B.S. from Villanova University, Villanova, USA. He earned his M.Sc degrees in Mechanical Engineering in May 2010 from Villanova as well. He is a PhD candidate of the DSL laboratory and supported by the Dr. Nataraj. His current research focus is on Nonlinear Dynamics and Robotics. He has experience working with embedded systems, unmanned autonomous ground and aerial robots, as well as classical and digital Control.
 
Dimitrios Karagiannis Dimitrios Karagiannis, MS Candidate
Research Assistant
Email: dkarag01@villanova.edu
Dimitrios Karagiannis is a Mechanical Engineer with a B.S. from Villanova University. He is a graduate research assistant of the DSL laboratory and supported by Dr. Nataraj and Dr. Clayton. His current research focus is on active vibration control with piezoelectrics investigating the potential for piezoelectrics to be used in vibration control applications.
   
Allen Chang Allen Chang, MS Candidate
Research Assistant
Email: Allen.Chang@villanova.edu
Allen Chang is a Mechanical Engineer with a B.S. from the Villanova University, Villanova, USA. He will earn his M.Sc. degrees in Mechanical Engineering in December 2010 from Villanova University. He is currently a graduate research assistant of the DSL laboratory and supported by the University. Allen is currently doing research on spherical robots. The robot rolls by using two pendulums actuated by servos. Using a set of sensors, the goal is to implement a system to control the position of the sphere.

Undergraduate Students