People

 

Kam K. Leang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director of the DARC Lab
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
Detail CV available upon request
[Personal web site] [Link to Google Citation Report][LinkedIn]

 

Education

  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle WA (Dec. 2004)
    Advisor: Santosh Devasia; Specialization: Dynamic systems and controls; mechatronics; robotics
    Dissertation: “Iterative Learning Control of Hysteresis in Piezo-based Nano-positioners: Theory and Application in Atomic Force Microscopes” [ Click here to download (PDF) ]
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah (Dec. 1999)
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah (Dec. 1997)

Honors and awards

Academic positions

  • Associate Prof., Univ. of Utah (2014 – present)
  • Associate Prof., Univ. of Nevada Reno (2011 – 2014)
  • Assistant Prof., Univ. of Nevada Reno and Virginia Commonwealth Univ. (2005-2011)
  • Research Associate, Univ. of Washington (January 2005 – July 2005)

Editorial positions (journals and conferences)

  • Associate Editor,  IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2019
  • Lead Guest Editor, Focus Section on Soft Actuators, Sensors, and Components, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics (Sept 2017 – present)
  • Guest Editor, Focus Section on Advances in Soft Robotics, Int. J. of Intelligent Robotics and Applications (IJIRA) (June 2016 – present)
  • Associate Editor, Int. J. of Intelligent Robotics and Applications (IJIRA) (April 2016 – present)
  • Associate Editor, Mechatronics, The Science of Intelligent Machines, Elsevier (January 2016 – present)
  • Associate Editor, Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering, Nature Publishing (2015–present)
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Control Systems Magazine (2012–present)
  • Associate Editor, International Symposium on Flexible Automation, Cleveland, Ohio, August 1-3, 2016.
  • Associate Editor,  IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2016
  • Technical Editor, IEEE/ASME Trans. Mechatronics (2012–2015)
  • Associate Editor, IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics July 7-11, 2015. Busan, Korea.
  • Guest Editor, Int. J. Smart and Nano Materials (2011-2012)
  • Associate Editor, 15th International Conference on Advanced Robotics (ICAR 2011), Tallin, Estonia, June 20-23, 2011.

Conference Organization

 

Core Collaborators

  • Andrew J. Fleming, University of Newcastle, Australia
  • Kwang J. Kim, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Nevada NanoTech System, Inc., Sparks, Nevada

 

Current graduate and student scholars

DARC Lab group, November 2016.

DARC Lab group, November 2016.

 

 

 

Joseph Bourne, Ph.D. Candidate
Focus: Multi-agent source detection and localization for environmental monitoring
 Dejun Guo, Ph.D. Candidate
Focus: Advanced control systems for precision positioning and robotics
 Xiang He, Ph.D. Candidate
Focus: Robotics and control systems
 William Nagel, Ph.D. Candidate
Focus: Control of dual-stage nanpositioning systems
Jake Steiner, Ph.D. Student
Focus: Robotics
Fletcher Garrison, MS Student
Focus: Ski side-edge router design
Aaron Sonderegger, MS Student
Focus: Robotics
Justin Ngo, MS Student
Focus: Robotics
 Seth Payne, MS Student
Focus: Robotics and automation for precision ski manufacturing
 Tom Tyler, MS Student
Focus: IPMC soft robotics
Omar Hussain, Undergraduate Researcher
Focus: Robotics
Gordon Kou, Undergraduate Researcher
Focus: Robotics

Alumni: Ph.D and M.S. Graduate Student Scholars

  1. James D. Carrico, Ph.D. (August 2018)
    Dissertation title: “3D printing, performance characterization, and machine learning control of ionic polymer-metal composite actuators with applications in soft robotics”
    Dr. Carrico joined the University of Mary as an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering on August 2018.
  2. Daman Bareiss, Ph.D. (May 2016)
    Dissertation title: “Model-based collision avoidance for dynamic single- and multi-robot systems: theory and application in ground and aerial robots” [download dissertation (PDF)] Dr. Bareiss joined Omron Adept Technologies, Inc. after completing his Ph.D. degree.
  3. Roman Regulski, Visiting Ph.D. Student (Poznan University of Technology, September 2015-December 2015)
    Focus: Piezo-driven flapping wing
  4. Yingfeng Shan, Ph.D. (December 2011)
    Dissertation title: “Repetitive control for hysteretic systems: theory and application in piezo-based nanopositioners” [download dissertation (PDF)].
    Dr. Shan joined Advanced Materials, San Jose, CA., after completing his Ph.D. degree.

 

  1. Erik Andersen, MS (October 2018)
    Thesis title: “Design and control of a micro aerial vehicle powered with resonant inductive wireless power transfer”
  2. Katharin Jensen, MS (July 2018)
    Thesis title: “Near-Optimal Area Coverage Path Planning for an Energy Constrained Autonomous Mobile Robot: Application to Autonomous Aerial Chemical Sensing”
  3. Kyle Charles Hoffman, MS (July 2018)
    Thesis title: “Characterization, Modeling, and Feedforward Compensation of Gas Sensor Dynamics for Aerial Robot Chemical Plume Mapping and Swarm-based Localization”
  4. Keith Dockstader, MS (January 2018)
    Thesis title: “Design, modeling, and gait control of a rolling quadruped (Roll-U-Ped)”
  5. Christopher J. Pratt, MS  (December 2016)
    Thesis title: “Design and modeling of the dynamic underactuated flying-walking (DUCK) robot” [download thesis (PDF)]
  6. Marissa Tsugawa, MS (August 2014)
    Thesis title: “Development of a Tube-Shaped Ionic Polymer-Metal Composite Actuator with Integrated Sensing”
  7. Christopher J. Dudley, MS  (June 2014)
    Thesis title: “A Spherical Aerial Terrestrial Robot (ATR)” [download thesis (PDF)]
  8. M. Brandon Hurd, MS (December 2013)
    Thesis title: “Control of a Quadcopter Aerial Robot Using Optic Flow Sensing” [download thesis (PDF)]
  9. Maxwell J. Fleming, MS (May 2012)
    Thesis title:  “Mitigating IPMC back relaxation through feedforward and feedback control of patterned electrodes ”  [download thesis (PDF)]
  10. Robert Riddle, MS (August 2011)
    Thesis title: “Design and characterization of scanning probe microscopy platform with active electro-thermal microcantilever for multifunctional applications.” [download thesis (PDF)]
  11. Joel Hubbard, MS (July 2011)
    Thesis title: “Design and characterization of sectored (patterned) IPMC actuators for propulsion and maneuvering in bio-inspired underwater systems.” [download thesis (PDF)]
  12. Seth Ashley, MS (October 2010)
    Thesis title: “Application of an Inverse-Hysteresis Iterative Control Algorithm for AFM Fabrication.” [download thesis (PDF)] Seth Ashley is currently employed as Electrical Product Engineer at ALSTOM Power in Richmond, VA.
  13. Brian J. Kenton, MS (August 2010)
    Thesis title: “Design, characterization, and control of a high-bandwidth serial-kinematic nanopositioning stage for scanning probe microscopy applications” [download thesis (PDF)]
  14. Yingfeng Shan, MS August 2008
    Thesis title: “Fabrication and Integrated Feedforward and Feedback Control of Ionic Polymer-Metal Composite Actuators”. [download thesis (PDF)]

 

Alumni: Undergraduate Student Scholars

  1. Matthew Goodell, Undergraduate researcher (Summer 2018 – present)
  2. Gordan Kuo, Undergraduate researcher (September 2017 – December 2018)
  3. Connelly Buchanan, Undergraduate researcher (January 2017 – January 2018)
  4. Iman Adibnazari, Undergraduate researcher (January 2017 – August 2018)
  5. Kylee Fluckiger, Undergraduate researcher (September 2016 – December 2017)
  6. Cole Mortensen, Undergraduate researcher (November 9, 2015 – December 2017)
  7. Matthew Givens, Undergraduate researcher (January 2015 – May 2017)
  8. Nikola Nikolaev, Undergraduate researcher (January 2017 – May 2017)
  9. Justin Schramm, Undergraduate researcher (September 2016 – May 2017)
  10. Chad Wing, Undergraduate researcher (January 2017 – May 2017)
  11. Jonathan Zubair, Undergraduate researcher (August 2016 – May 2017)
  12. Ryan Farr, Undergraduate researcher (August 2016 – December 2016)  
  13. John Erickson, Engineering Scholars Undergraduate researcher (January 2016 -September 2016)  
  14. George Cairo, Graduate Preparation Institute (GPI) Undergrad Researcher (June 2015-July 2015)  
  15. Raeleigh Jones, Undergraduate researcher (June 2015-August 2015)  
  16. Connor Yeaton, Undergraduate researcher (June 2015)  
  17. Alyx Colburn, Undergraduate researcher (September 2013 — December 2013)  
  18. Brandon Alber, Undergraduate researcher (September 2013)  
  19. Ketan Mittal, Undergraduate researcher (July 2012 — May 2013)  
  20. Alex Woods,  Undergraduate researcher (May 2012 — May 2013)
  21. Maxwell Smith, Undergraduate researcher (September – December 2011)
  22. Samantha Ashmore, Undergraduate researcher (September – December 2011)
  23. M. Brandon Hurd, Undergraduate researcher (January – December 2011)
  24. Alex Wirth, Undergraduate research scholar (September 2009 – May 2010)
  25. Conan Song, Undergraduate research scholar (September 2009-December 2009)
  26. Stephanie Cutler, Undergraduate Research (June 2007 — June 2008)
    Project: Modeling and control of piezoelectric actuators for nano/bio technology
    Project support: The National Science Foundation, DUE
  27. Mike Freed, Undergraduate Research (January 2007 — January 2008)
    Projects: (1) Modeling and control of piezoelectric actuators for nano/bio technology, and (2) Finite element modeling of an active AFM cantilever.
    Project support: The National Science Foundation, DUE
  28. Robert Riddle, Undergraduate Research (January 2008 — June 2008)
    Project: Modeling and control of AFM.
  29. Matthew R. Vaerewyck, Undergraduate Research (September 2007 — June 2008)
    Project: Fabrication of a high-speed AFM scanner.
    Matthew joined VCU for graduate studies in August 2008.
  30. Timothy Hall, Undergraduate Research (June 2007 — August 2007)
    Project: Optimizing the Design and Fabrication of Ionic Polymer Metal Composite (IPMC) Actuators to Propel an Autonomous Underwater Robot.
  31. Robert Brik, K-12 student scholar, Godwin High School, Richmond, VA (June 2006 — June 2008)
    Robert joined MIT for undergradute studies in Mechanical Engineering.
  32. Jacob Dodson, Undergraduate Research (September 2006 — May 2007)
    Project: Design and control of a biaxial cell-stretching platform.
    After graduating VCU, Jacob attended Virginia Tech and entered Ph.D. program.
  33. Greg G. Anderson, Undergraduate Research (January 2006 – June 2006)
    Project: Development of control software for a wireless mobile robot.
    Project support: VCU CTE Small Grant Award
  34. Ryan M. Mohr, Undergraduate Research (October 2005 – August 2006)
    Project: Control of a shape memory alloy actuator.
    After graduating VCU, Ryan attended UC Santa Barbara and entered Ph.D. program.
  35. James Beck, Undergraduate Research (October 2005 – May 2006)
    Project: Hysteresis characterization under charge-feedback control of a LIPCA device
    After graduating VCU, James attended Columbia University and entered Masters program.