chadChad Kessens

Ph.D. Student

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Room 1163, Building 089
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Phone: 301-405-7012
Email: ckessens (at) umd (dot) edu



  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, MD (exp. 2015)
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Washington University, St. Louis, MO (2005)
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA (2003)


  • Design, development, and characterization of self-sealing suction cup technology
  • Design, development, and characterization of SMA actuated grasper
  • Contact modeling for astrictive technology
  • Force/contact sensing integration
  • Grasp stability analysis


Archival Publications 

  • Chad C. Kessens and Jaydev P. Desai, “A Self-Sealing Suction Cup Array for Grasping,” ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, vol. 3, no. 4, November 2011.

Refereed Conference Proceedings

  • Chad C. Kessens and Jaydev P. Desai, “Design, Fabrication, and Implementation of Self-Sealing Suction Cup Arrays for Grasping,” IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), May 2010, Anchorage, AK, USA.


  • System, Method, and Apparatus for Suction Gripping
    Inventors: Jaydev P. Desai and Chad Kessens
    Patent No.: US 8,382,174 B2
    Date of Patent: Feb. 26, 2013