desaiJaydev P. Desai  linkedin pdf

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

Hardik 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

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


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


junshengJun Sheng  linkedin

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

Research Interests: Medical robotics
Research project: NICHE

Contact: junsheng@umd@edu

Kihan Park  linkedin

Ph.D. – Mechanical Engineering (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@umd@edu

NeslinePictureDennis Nesline  linkedin

M.Eng. – Robotics (in progress)
B.S. – Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park (May 2015)

 Research Interests: Rehabilitation Robotics, Prosthetics

 Contact: dnesline@terpmail@umd@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

Wenxue Zhao (M.S. 2015) – Tesla Motors

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

Elif Ayvali (Ph.D. 2014) – Post-Doc at CMU with Howie Choset

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)