People

Prof. Kira Barton

Prof. Kira Barton (bartonkl@umich.edu) received her B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2001. Barton continued her education in mechanical engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and completed her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 2006 and 2010, respectively. She held a postdoctoral research position at the University of Illinois from Fall 2010 until Fall 2011, at which point she joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

Her primary research focus is on precision coordination and motion control for emerging applications, with a specialization in iterative learning control. Barton’s work intersects controls and manufacturing and combines innovative manufacturing processes with enhanced engineering capabilities. The potential impact of this research ranges from building high-resolution DNA sensors for biological applications to the integration of advanced sensing and control for rehabilitation robotics.

 


Postdoctoral Scholars
 
Leo Tse (tselaiyu@umich.edu)
BS, MS, Ph.D. Mech. Eng. University of Michigan
Research Interests: High-resolution Printing, Electrohydrodynamics Jet Printing, Rapid Prototyping, Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing, Design and Fabrication
Research Title: Physics-Based Printhead Design for Enhancing Electrohydrodynamics Jet printing
Future Plan: Creating a 3D printing equipment startup Company
 
 
Yassine Qamsane (yqamsane@umich.edu)
MS, Ph.D. Cadi Ayyad University of Marrakech, Morocco
Research Interests: Modeling, control, and diagnosis of Discrete Event Systems, Automation & Control, Smart Manufacturing
Research Title: Software-Defined Control of Smart Manufacturing Systems
Future Plan: Follow an academic career in the field of Smart Manufacturing
 
 

Ph.D. Students
Deema Totah (deema@umich.edu)
BS, Mech. Eng., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MS, Mech. Eng., University of Michigan
Research Interests: Human-in-the-loop control and wearable sensing for medical assistive device optimization
Research Title: A Human-in-the-Loop Control Framework for Optimizing Customized Assistive Devices
Future Plans: Pursue an academic career in the biomechatronics field to improve patient outcomes through intelligent, sensor-integrated assistive technologies
 
 
Isaac Spiegel (ispiegel@umich.edu)
MS, Mech. Eng., University of Michigan Ann Arbor
BS, Mech. Eng., UC Berkeley
Minor, Japanese, UC Berkeley 
Research Interests: Hybrid Systems, System Identification, Nonlinear System Dynamics, Iterative Learning Control, Electrohydrodynamic Jet Printing
Research Title: Design, identification, and iterative learning control of hybrid system models for mechatronics
Future Plans: Industry abroad for a few years and then come back to academia
 
 
 
Ilya Kovalenko (ikoval@umich.edu)
BS, Mech. Eng., Georgia Institute of Technology
Research Interests: Discrete Event Systems, Multi-Agent Control, Smart Manufacturing Systems
Research Title: Agent-based control of manufacturing systems
 
 
 
 
 
Joaquin Gabaldon (gabaldon@umich.edu)
BS, Mech. Eng., California Institute of Technology
Research Interests: Computer vision, sensor fusion, marine localization, multi-agent autonomy
Research Title: Marine Mammal Monitoring and Analysis through Controlled and Uncontrolled Agent Coordination
Future Plans: Autonomous vehicle design in industry
 
 
 
 
Ding Zhang (zhding@umich.edu)
Research Title:
Bio-inspired Coordination: Learning to Identify Individual Versus Coordinated Behaviors from Bottlenose Dolphins in a Controlled Environment
Research Project:
My research concerns understanding and identifying the differences between individual and cooperative behaviors from a population of bottlenose dolphins in a controlled environment. This will involve developing a generalized framework for identifying and classifying
cooperative and individual behaviors towards eventual implementation on a robotic platform.
 
Efe Balta (baltaefe@umich.edu )
MS, Mech. Eng., University of Michigan
BS, Mfg. E, Istanbul Technical University
Research Interests: Control theory, robotics, additive manufacturing, smart manufacturing systems, optimization theory
Research Title: Software Defined Control for Additive Manufacturing
 
 
 
 
Zahra Afkhami (zafkhami@umich.edu)
Research Interests: Nonlinear vibration and dynamics, Smart materials, Machine learning, Control, Electrohydrodynamic Jet (E jet) printing
Research Title: E jet printing with nanomaterials

 

 

Changbai Tan (chtan@umich.edu)
MS & Ph.D., Aerospace E, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics
BS, Mech. Eng., Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Research Interests: Open product realization, personalization & mass customization, tolerance & dimensional quality, CAD & CAGD
Research Title: Cyber Manufacturing Systems for Open Product Realization
Future Plans: Pursue an academic career on theory and method of product design and manufacturing innovation

 

Yaqing Xu (yaqing@umich.edu)
MS, Mech. Eng., University of Michigan
BS, Mech. Eng., Peking University
Research Interests: Discrete event systems, smart manufacturing, machine learning, control
Future Plans: Apply innovation technology to solve real-world problems

 

 

Maxwell Wu (maxwu@umich.edu)
BS, Mech. Eng., University of Michigan
Research Interests: Airborne wind energy, Iterative Learning Control, Optimization, Motion planning
Research Title: Economic Iterative Learning Control of Airborne Wind Energy Systems

 

 

Nazanin Farjam (nfarjam@umich.edu)
MS, Mech. Eng., University of Toledo
Research Interests: Nanofabrication, E-jet Printing, Dynamics and Controls, Additive Manufacturing
Research Title: Additive Nanomanufacturing of Integrated Systems for Customized Personal Health Monitoring

 

 

 

Max Toothman (toothman@umich.edu)
BS, Mech. Eng., Georgia Institute of Technology
Research Interests: Hybrid Modeling of Manufacturing Systems, Manufacturing Controls, Mechatronics, Computational Data Science

 

 

Bo Fu (bofu@umich.edu)
MS, Mech. Eng., Carnegie Mellon University
BS, Vehicle Engineering, Tongji University
Research Interests: Multi-robot task planning, planning under uncertainty, machine learning, localization, mapping
Research Title: Fleet organization and decision making in heterogeneous vehicle teams to meet energy requirements in restricted and unknown environments.

 

Allison White (alkwhite@umich.edu)
BS, Mechanical Engineering, Bradley University
Research Interests: Control and optimization, smart manufacturing, multi-agent systems
Research Title: Developing a Multi-Agent Framework to Improve Supply Chain Performance

 

 


Tyler Toner
(twtoner@umich.edu)
BS, Mechanical Engineering, Auburn University
Research Interests: Control and estimation, modeling and simulation, digital twins, smart manufacturing
Research Title: Digital Twin Framework for Mobile Manipulator Collaboration with an Additive Manufacturing Fleet

 


Loubna Baroudi
(lbaroudi@umich.edu)
BS, Mechanical Engineering, Arts et Métiers (Paris, France)
MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

Research Interests: Wearable sensors for healthcare, human motion, human gait analysis, biomechanics, data science
Research Title: Investigating How Wearable Sensing Technologies can be Leveraged to Quantify Human Health

 

Mingjie Bi (mingjieb@umich.edu)
BS, Marine Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology
MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
Research Interests: Agent coordination and planning, multi-agent control, smart manufacturing
Research Title: Agent Coordination for Planning in Multi-Agent Control for Manufacturing Systems

 

 


Masters 

Eric Huang (erhuang@umich.edu)
Harrison Chen (hlfchen@umich.edu)
Mu-Ti Chung (mtchung@umich.edu)

 


Visiting Scholars

 

 


Undergraduate Students

 
 

Alumni

Postdoctoral Researchers:

Felipe Lopez,  Schlumberger Limited Industrial Internet Center (SLIIC)
Patrick Sammons, Analyst
Mamadou Diagne, Assist. Prof. at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

PhD Students:

Michael Quann, 2019
Christopher Pannier, 2019, Assistant Professor at University of Michigan Dearborn
Miguel Saez, 2018, General Motors
Leo Tse, 2017, Postdoctoral researcher at University of Michigan
Berk Altin, 2016, Postdoctoral researcher at UC Santa Cruz
Ingyu Lim, 2016, Ford Motor Company

Visiting Scholars:

Tom Van de Laar, Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Enric Xargay
Robin Riethmueller, University of Stuttgart Institute for Nonlinear Mechanics, Germany
Max Raff, University of Stuttgart Institute for Nonlinear Mechanics, Germany
Leontine Aarnoudse, Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Roel Vromans, Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Remy Pelzer, Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Yuan-yuan Liu, Shanghai University, China
Xiaomei Hu, 2015, Shanghai University, China
Mauro Mazzolini, 2014, Synesis
Diego Manzocchi, 2014, Synesis

Master’s Students:

Mingjie Bi, pursuing PhD at University of Michigan
Loubna Baroudi, pursuing PhD at University of Michigan
Nolan Payne
Doruk Aksoy, purusing PhD at University of Michigan
Mattison Rose
Katelyn Angeliu
Rongyu Liang, pursuing M.S at University of Michigan
Akshay Garg, pursuing M.S at University of Michigan
Kshitij Jain, pursuing M.S at University of Michigan
Lauren Ransohoff, Northrop Grumman
Chiranjeevi Vegi, M.S, University of Michigan
Devyani Kalvit, 2017 M.S. University of Michigan
Matthew Porter, 2016, pursuing PhD at University of Michigan
Yunli Shao, 2015, pursuing PhD at University of Minnesota
Tong Li, 2015, pursuing PhD at University of Michigan
Dan Zhao, 2015, pursuing PhD at University of Michigan
Sayooj Pillai, 2014, Cummins, Inc. 
Siva Aduri, 2014, MS University of Michigan
Bokai Chen, 2014, M.S University of Michigan
Yi-Kai Wang, 2013, M.S. University of Michigan
Chengeng Qu, 2013, Finance Masters Program
William Grenis, 2013, UM Masters Program
Danvir Sethi, 2013, Mathworks
Astha Kukreja, 2013, Cummins, Inc.
Bert Jiang, 2012, Mathworks
Jaekyu Hyun, 2012, Hyundai

Undergraduate Students:

Ritika Sibal
Benjamin Getz 
Steven Lengieza
Gary Zheng
Sharon Sun (UROP)
Vanessa Sheldon (UROP)
Ethan McMillan
Adam Lassman
Nick Tavis
Annika Stoldt
Meghna Menon
Anne Gu (UROP, ME490)
Dan Xu(ME490)
Ryan Tepper(ME390)
Tom Brown(ME390)
David Robinson (UROP)
Alex Nettekoven (International UROP)
Tanay Nerurkar (ME490)
Eliana Almario (SROP)
Ben Getz (UROP-MSTEM)
Michael Dobrowolski (UROP)
Ravesh Sukhnandan (SURE)
Michael Mahon (UROP)
Audrey Ramey (NNIN REU)
Syfith Jeet Singh
Nattasit (North) Dancholvichit
Andrew O’Hara (UROP)
Chien-An (Anne) Yu (UROP)