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 reading, anything related to the outdoors, and anything related to food. LinkedIn. Google Scholar.

 

 

Kathryn Bruss, Mechanical Engineering

Kathryn Bruss is a second-year Mechanical Engineering Master’s student. She graduated in May 2019 with her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech. Kathryn’s research focuses on test bed design and instrumentation. She also enjoys reading, board games, and participating in several of Georgia Tech’s musical ensembles. LinkedIn.

 

 

Kevin Choi,  Robotics

Kevin Choi is a second-year Robotics PhD student. He graduated from Georgia Tech 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 design of a hip exoskeleton for the ROAMR project.

 

 

Samuel Deal, Mechanical Engineering

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 Georgia Tech 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, Mechanical Engineering

Raymond Kim is a third-year Master’s student in Mechanical Engineering. He graduated from Rice University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently working as a graduate student researcher at GTRI (Georgia Tech Research Institute) on the RIPS (Robot Integrated Pallet System) project. His research focus is primarily on manipulation and mobile robotics. Raymond is very interested in bodybuilding. LinkedIn. Google Scholar.

 

 

Pooja Moolchandani, Robotics

Pooja Moolchandani is a second-year Robotics PhD student. She obtained her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering on a Computation Track from the University of Southern California. She hopes to enhance bridging mechanical design to human-centered control systems under the co-advisement of Dr. Mazumdar and Dr. Aaron Young. In her free time, she enjoys going on hikes, art and photography, and planning for the next adventure. Her goals are to bring innovative, creative solutions to the government and defense field. LinkedIn.

 

Andrew Namgoong, Robotics

Andrew Namgoong is a second-year Robotics PhD student. He graduated from the University of California, Los 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, Robotics

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.

 

 

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:  Ben Mangel, Joshua Ngotiaoco, Nikolay Tranakiev, Marie Grace, Rodrigo Soarez, Eric Dong, Varun Madabushi

 


Student Alumni

Graduate students:

Adam Foris – Sandia National Labs

Samuel Lutes – Apple Inc.

Undergraduate students: 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