ME410: Introduction to System Control

ME 410 is a required course for undergraduate students in Mechanical Engineering. It covers Modeling, Analysis, and Design of control systems. In Modeling, the students will learn how to model a system using both transfer functions and state space representations. In Analysis, students will understand first and second order system responses, and will be able to analyze the stability and steady state errors of a system. In Design, students will be able to design control systems using root locus methods and frequency response methods.


[Course Syllabus, 2018 Fall]


Offered: Fall 2018 (enrollment: 48)



ME422/622: Introduction to Robotics 

ME 422/622 is an elective course for undergraduate students and graduate students in Mechanical Engineering. It covers Kinematics, Motion Planning, and Dynamics and Controls. In Kinematics, students will learn how to quantitatively describe the motion of a robot consists of rigid links, and the velocity relationship between the end effector velocities and the joint velocities. In Motion Planning, students will learn the configuration space of a robot, and algorithms for sensor-based motion planning. In Dynamics and Control, students will derive the Euler-Lagrange equation to describe the robot dynamics between force and motion, and learn joint-level and task-level robot control. The course is also supplemented with a project component, where each team will receive monetary support to build and analyze a robot.


[Course Syllabus: 2019 Spring]

[Course Project: 2019 Spring]


Offered: Spring 2019 (enrollment: 54)

Capstone Projects 


UNR Mechanical Engineering Capstone 2019


The Exo Tech team worked on the usage of artificial muscles into exoskeletal applications. They developed a wearable device that assists the user by augmenting their grip strength. The glove effectively reduces the force needed to grasp objects such as tools. An intuitive control system is integrated into the back of the glove with a series of flex sensors. These sensors are activated as the user starts to grasp an object which then signals the actuators to begin contracting. More details about this project can be found here


Photo: Exo Tech team at the Innovation Day. From left to right:Clayton Frieders, Silvio Reggiardo, Anthony Johnson, Christopher Mullen, Aaron Wiese. 



The Smart Robotics Lab is committed to reaching out, educating, and disseminating our research outcomes to underrepresented groups, females students, and the general public. We are dedicated to demonstrating our research projects to various outreach programs such as Nevada Bound, Summer Camps, Engineering Mobile Lab, and K-12 Outreach.


Lab Tour for visiting students from Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, Nevada

Revanth (top) and David (bottom) showing supercoiled polymer artificial muscles and twisted string actuators.



Lab Tour for visiting students from Drake Elementary School, Sparks, Nevada


Chris (top) and Thulani (bottom) showing dielectric elastomer artificial muscles and muscle-driven robotic graspers.