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

uhnjoonaUhn Joo Na, Kyungnam University  linkedin pdf

Associate Professor, Kyungnam University – Changwon, Korea
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University – College Station, 1999

Research Interests: Human-robot interaction, multibody dynamics, robotics, mechanism design and analysis, control system design, Actuator design and control, Magnetic Bearings, Stereo vision

Contact: ,

DSC_0234_2Hardik 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

Elif AyvaliElif Ayvali  linkedin pdf

Ph.D. – Mechanical Engineering (in progress)
B.S. – Mechanical Engineering
B.S. – Electrical Engineering

Research Interests: Medical and surgical robotics, image-guided interventions, motion planning, smart materials


BernardShing Shin Cheng  linkedin

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 analysis


Rajarshi Roy  linkedin

Ph.D. (in progress)

Research Interests: Image-guided micromanipulation, AFM based micro-scale tissue characterization, and soft tissue biomechanics.


wenxueWenxue Zhao  linkedin

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

Research Interests: MINIR II: Development of a minimally invasive neurosurgical intracranial robot


 Undergraduate Students

DanielleDanielle Khoo  linkedin

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 2010-2014

Research Interests: Rehabilitation Robotics


ZackZack Brandes  linkedin

B.S. Bioengineering; Minor: Computer Science, 2011-2015

Research Interests: Medical Device Software


 Prior Graduate Students and Post-Docs

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.