desaiJaydev P. Desai  linkedinpdf

Professor of Department of Mechanical Engineering
Director – RAMS Laboratory
Faculty Member – Applied Mathematics & Statistics, and Scientific Computation (AMSC) Program
Affiliate Faculty Member – Fischell Department of Bioengineering
Affiliate Faculty Member – Institute for Systems Research (ISR)

Room 0160, Glenn L. Martin Hall (Building 088)
University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742

Phone: 301-405-4427   Fax: 301-314-9477    Email:


  Visiting Faculty and Post-Docs

Hardik2Hardik J. Pandya linkedin pdf


Research Interests: Semiconductor Device Fabrication (Sensors and Actuators), MEMS for Bio-Medical Applications, Fabrication of Microfluidic Devices on Flexible Substrates, Flexible sensors for Bio-Medical Robotics, Synthesis of Metal Oxide Nanostructures.



YJKYeongjin Kim  linkedin


Research Interests: Surgical robotics, Rehabilitation Robotics, Mechanism design and analysis, control system design
Research Project: MINIR, Rehabilitation robot for stroke therapy


  Graduate Students

BernardShing Shin Cheng  linkedin pdf

Ph.D. – Mechanical Engineering (in progress)
B.S. – Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

Research Interests: Medical robotics, medical devices, prosthetics, MEMS, design and manufacturing, electronics design
Research project: MINIR II


kessensChad Kessens  linkedin

Ph.D. – Mechanical Engineering (in progress)
M.S. – Mechanical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis, 2005
B.S. – Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 2003

Research Interests: Robotics, autonomous systems, whole body mobile manipulation, grasping, self-righting, mechanism design and manufacturing


wenxueWenxue Zhao  linkedin

Ph.D. (in progress)
B.S., Beijing Institute of Technology (June 2013)

Research Project: MINIR II



junshengJun Sheng  linkedin

Ph.D. (in progress)
M.S., Electrical Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan (June 2013)
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China (June 2011)

Research Interests: Medical robotics
Research project: NICHE

Contact: junsheng(at)umd(dot)edu

Kihan Park  linkedin

Ph.D. (in progress)
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, KAIST, South Korea (Aug. 2011)
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, KAIST, South Korea (Aug. 2009)

 Research Interests: Medical robotics

 Contact: kihan(at)umd(dot)edu

Undergraduate Students


Chungho Patrick Woo  linkedin

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park (in progress)

Research Interests: Robotics, bio-inspired robotics
Research project: Rehabilitation robot for stroke therapy

Contact: cwoo123(at)umd(dot)edu


Ahmed Siddiqui  linkedin

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park (in progress)

Research Interests:  Medical robotics and devices
Research project: Rehabilitation robot for stroke therapy

Contact: ahmed391(at)terpmail(dot)umd(dot)edu


Prior Graduate Students, Post-Docs and Visiting Faculty

Carolyn Adkins (M.S. 2014) – Naval Officer, USN.

Elif Ayvali (Ph.D. 2014) – Post-Doc at CMU with Howie Choset (Ph.D completed; graduating in May 2015)

Uhn Jun Na (Visiting Faculty 2013-2014) – Associate Professor at Kyungnam University, Changwon, Korea

Rajarshi Roy (Ph.D. 2013) – Postdoc at ARMA lab.

Bo Yang (Ph.D. 2013) –  IMRIS.

Mingyen Ho (Ph.D. 2013) – IMRIS.

Kevin Lister (Ph.D. 2012) – Corvid Technologies.

Zhan Gao (Post-Doc: 2007-2010)

U-Xuan Calvin Tan (Post-Doc: 2009-2011) – Lecturer at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), Singapore.

Anand Pillarisetti (Ph.D. 2008) – Sensata Technologies.

Gregory Tholey (Ph.D. 2007) – Ocean Power Technologies.

Teeranoot Chanthasopeephan (Ph.D. 2006) – Assistant Professor, Deputy Director – Advanced Technology Center for Manufacturing Institute of FIeld roBOtics (FIBO), King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand.

Tie Hu (Ph.D. 2006) – Olympus Surgical Technologies America.

Christopher Kennedy (Ph.D. 2004) – University of Pennsylvania Perelman Center for Advanced MedicineDepartment of Radiation Oncology.

 Prior Undergraduate Students

Danielle Khoo (Fall 2013)

Zack Brandes (2013-2014)