Smart Robotics Lab members and friends Holiday Celebration party. November 2019
|Jun Zhang, Assistant Professor|
|Department of Mechanical Engineering|
|The University of Nevada, Reno|
|1164 N. Virginia Street, Mail Stop: 0312, Reno, NV 89557 USA|
|Office: 225 Palmer Engineering|
|Director: Smart Robotics Lab|
|[Curriculum Vitae] || Google Scholar Page|
Thulani Tsabedze (2019/01 - present)
Thulani is a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno. He grew up in Swaziland in Africa, and received his BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015, with a concentration in Design and Manufacturing. He was a Lead Engineer in the Modular Robotics Lab at UPenn from 2016 to 2018. His broad interest is in the design, fabrication and control of novel high-performance and low-cost medical and assistive robots, specifically using smart materials/muscles.
Revanth Konda (2019/01 - present)
Revanth is a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno. He received his BS degree in Mechatronics from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India in 2016 and his MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northern Illinois University in 2018, respectively. He was a Research Intern in Entrigna Inc. in 2018. His research interests include robotics, mechatronics, non-linear control and artificial intelligence. He is particularly interested in evaluating the use of AI to control highly non-linear systems such as robotic arms and exoskeletons which are realized using artificial muscles.
David Bombara (2018/10 – Present)
Nevada Undergraduate Research Award, 2019 Spring
Nevada NASA Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate Scholarship, 2019 Fall - 2020 Spring
Graduate Dean's Merit Scholarship, 2020 Fall - 2021 Spring
David will become a Master student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno starting 2020 Fall. He started working in our lab since October 2018. He is interested in researching robotics and artificial muscles. In his free time, David enjoys running, reading, and playing board games.
Gregory Billingsley (2020/02 - present)
Gregory is a junior student studying Electrical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno. After graduating in Spring 2020, he wishes to pursue graduate school in robotics.
Bethany-Anne Calvert (2019/12 - present)
Cianan Brennan (2019/10 - present)
UNR Pack Research Experience Program Scholar, 2020 Spring
Cianan is a sophomore at the University of Nevada Reno working towards a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering. He plans to pursue a career in automotive design or renewable energy after graduation. In his free time he likes to ski, play guitar, and explore the outdoors in his Jeep Wrangler.
Erik Hartman (2019/08-Present)
Erik will start as a freshman in Electrical Engineering at UNR in 2020 Fall. He started working with us as a high school student at Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) High School as part of their dual credit program since August 2019. Erik plans to pursue graduate school in Aerospace Engineering. In his free time, he enjoys welding, graphic design, videography, and competing in UPA powerlifting events.
Ryan Coulter (2019/04 - Present)
NSF REU participant, 2019 Summer
NSF EPSCoR Undergraduate Research Opportunity Research Scholarship, 2019/12-2020/05
Ryan is currently a junior pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He plans to graduate in Spring 2021, and hopes to pursue a graduate degree. Ryan has interests in robotics and mechanical designs, and the applications of 3D printing in new technologies. His hobbies include video game development, 3D printing, and drawing.
Alumni and Mentee
I have been very fortunate to work with many students. I enjoy interacting with students. Seeing my students improving and succeed is my favorite moment. My mentees described me to be rigorous, motivating, engaging, and helpful.
Many students earned authorship on peer-reviewed journals and conference papers. Here is the list of students I have worked with in the past:
|Name||Degree / Program||Mentoring||next|
|Graduate students||Tianyu Wang||PhD, ECE, UCSD||2017/01-2018/01||PhD, ECE, UCSD|
|Yijing Li||Master, ECE, UCSD||2018/01-2018/05||MS, ECE, UCSD|
|Undergraduate students||Sean Ross||Mechanical Eng, UNR||2019/12-2020/05|
|Edwin Abrego||Electrical Eng, UNR||2019/09-2020/05||GE|
|Steven Fowzer||Mechanical Eng, UNR||2019/03-2020/05||industry|
|Vasilii Mansurov||Electrical Eng, UNR||2019/02-2019/08||MS, UNR|
|Christopher Fulwider||Mechanical Eng, UNR||2019/05-2019/08||BS, UNR|
|Christopher Mullen||Mechanical Eng, UNR||2019/05-2019/08||BS. UNR|
|Lyndie Munson||Mechanical Eng, UNR||2019/03-2019/08||BS, UNR|
|Aaron Wiese||Mechanical Eng, UNR||2018/09-2019/05||Navarre Corp.|
|Winnie Kuang||Mechanical Eng, UCSD||2016/04-2018/08||NASA Ames Research Center|
|Guhan Sundar||Bioengineering, UCSD||2016/09-2018/05||MS, University College London|
|Zixuan Lan||Mechanical Eng, UCSD||2016/09-2018/03||MS, UPenn|
|Taylor West||Bioengineering, UCSD||2016/05-2018/02||MS, UCSD|
|Anthony Simeonov||Mechanical Eng, UCSD||2016/04-2016/09||PhD, MIT|
|Alex Tran||Bioengineering, UCSD||2016/04-2016/09||Tesla|
|Adam Factor||Bioengineering, UCSD||2017/04-2018/05||industry|
|Kaushik Iyer||Bioengineering, UCSD||2016/02-2016/06||MS, UCSD|
|High-school students||Scott Wade||Davidson Academy of Nevada||2019/05-2019/09||BS, Boston University|
|Visiting undergraduates||Robson Adem||Electrical & Computer Eng, Lafayette College||2017/06-2017/08||Senior, Lafayette College|
|Robbie Huerta||Mechanical Eng, Cali Polytech State Univ||2017/06-2017/08||Senior, Cali Polytech State Univ|
|Luis Ernesto Espinoza||Mechanical Eng, Univ Auto de Baja Cali||2017/06-2017/08||Senior, Univ Auto de Baja Cali, Mexico|
|Jose Valderrama||Mechanical Eng, UCF||2016/06-2016/08||MS, Georgia Tech|
|Josh Henry||Mechanical Eng, Univ West Indies||2016/06-2016/08||MS, Univ West Indies, Thinidad|