People

Principle Investigator

Dr. Anirban Mazumdar joined Georgia Tech as an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering in 2018. Dr. Mazumdar studies robot mobility with the goal of understanding and achieving agile, versatile, and efficient robot behaviors in unstructured environments. He earned his B.S. (2007), M.S. (2009), and Ph.D. (2013), all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the supervision of Dr. Harry Asada. His previous experience includes a postdoctoral research position in the High Consequence Automation and Robotics Group at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM.  He has broad experience with novel robotic systems including energy efficient bipedal robots, reconfigurable aerial vehicles, prosthetic devices, and relaxed stability mobile robots. Dr. Mazumdar was the recipient of a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2008) and a Tau Beta Pi Fellowship (2007). In 2013 he was awarded the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering’s de Florez award for “Outstanding Ingenuity and Creative Judgement” for his Ph.D. research on maneuverable underwater robots. GT Faculty Page. Google Scholar. Website.

 

Graduate Students

Aakash Bajpai, Robotics

Aakash Bajpai is a third-year Robotics PhD student. He graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and minor in Entrepreneurship.  Aakash is co-advised by Dr. Aaron Young and Dr. Mazumdar, and is working on the design and control of a hip exoskeleton for agile response to oncoming objects in hazardous environments. Finally, Aakash enjoys anything related to the outdoors, and anything related to food. LinkedIn. Google Scholar.

 

 

Kevin Choi,  Robotics

Kevin Choi is a second-year Robotics PhD student. He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Computer Science. He is working on reflexive, high force-density grippers for mobile robots and assisting in the mechatronics of a hip exoskeleton for the ROAMR project.

 

 

Samuel Deal, Robotics

Samuel Deal is a second-year Robotics PhD student. He graduated from the Franciscan University of Steubenville with a B.S. in Mathematics and from the University of Notre Dame with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Sam’s research involves simulating, measuring and controlling the aerodynamic response of unmanned aerial vehicles. Outside of work, Sam enjoys mountain biking and playing guitar with friends.

 

 

Joshua Fernandez,  Robotics

Joshua Fernandez is a second-year Robotics PhD student. He obtained a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). His interests within the field of robotics include human-robotic interaction, robotic prosthetics, and exoskeletons. His goals are to obtain a PhD in Robotics at Georgia Tech and get a career that will enable him to create novel and useful robots that can be used in everyday life. Outside of school, he enjoys spending time outside and being active through sports and going to the gym.

 

Zachary Goddard, Robotics

Zachary Goddard is a third-year Robotics PhD student. He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Computer Science. Zachary works on motion planning and learning for aerial robots. Zach practices various martial arts. LinkedIn. Google Scholar.

 

 

Bharat Kanwar, Robotics

Bharat Kanwar is a second-year Robotics PhD student. He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Computer Science. He is working as a graduate student researcher with GTRI (Georgia Tech Research Institute) on automating bio-processes with robotic solutions. His primary research interests are in manipulation and controls. In his free time, Bharat enjoys reading, climbing, playing soccer, hiking and playing music. LinkedIn.

 

 

Raymond Kim, Robotics

Raymond Kim is a third-year Robotics PhD student. He graduated from Rice University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He received his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech. His research focus is primarily on manipulation and mobile robotics. Raymond is very interested in bodybuilding. LinkedIn. Google Scholar.

 

 

Andrew Namgoong, Robotics

Andrew Namgoong is a 1st-year Robotics PhD student. He graduated from University of California, Lost Angeles with a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering. Andrew is working on cooperative manufacturing/assembly between a human and a robot. In his free time, Andrew enjoys playing sports and exploring the outdoors. LinkedIn.

 

 

Hayden Nichols, Mechanical Engineering

Hayden Nichols is a first-year Mechanical Engineering Master’s student. He graduated from West Virginia University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Mathematics. His research interests include control and navigation of autonomous systems. In his free time, Hayden enjoys cooking, baking bread, and enjoying the outdoors through camping or hiking. LinkedIn.

 

 

Justine Powell, Robotics

Justine Powell is a first year Robotics PhD student who  graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Computer Science. Justine is co-advised by Dr. Aaron Young of EPIC lab. She is working on novel control systems for robotic exoskeletons.

 

 

Kenneth Wardlaw, Mechanical Engineering

Kenneth Wardlaw is a first-year Mechanical Engineering Master’s student. He graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He is interested in human-robot interaction, robot learning, and bio-inspired robotics. He desires a career that will help integrate lifelike machines and artificial intelligence into industry and society. His hobbies include swimming, playing and developing games, and 3D modelling.

 

 

 

Hogan Welch, Robotics

Hogan Welch is a first-year Robotics PhD student. He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Hogan‘s research is focused on the development of an active gantry system that leverages human machine collaboration for improved maneuverability and safety. In his free time, Hogan enjoys playing golf, trying new restaurants, and spending time outdoors.

 

 

Undergraduate students:  Tyler Micheal, Cole Johnson, Hyungjun Park, Simisolaoluwa Adeola, Manasa Akella, Sanket Sane, Alex Porter, Ryan Casey, Andrew Galassi, Alexander Lu,  Edward Diller, Eemil Harkonen

 


Student Alumni

Graduate students:

Adam Foris – Sandia National Labs [LinkedIn]

Samuel Lutes – Apple [LinkedIn]

Kathryn Bruss – MITRE [LinkedIn]

Pooja Moolchandani – KPMG [LinkedIn]

 

Undergraduate students: Nikolay Tranakiev, Marie Grace, Joshua Ngotiaoco, Ben Mangel, Jessica Carlson (SURE Robotics),  Justine Powell, Thor Keller, Rohith Krishnan, Alex DeBate, Justine Powell, Jesse Goodwin, Esther Lee (SURE Robotics), Madison Hales (SURE), Jeet Patel, David Booker-Earley, Kathryn Bruss, Seok Choi, Rianna Jitosho (SURE Robotics), Bryan Starbuck, Eric Dong, Varun Madabushi, Rodrigo Soarez.