Lab Director

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Dr. Oumar Barry received his B.Eng. in Engineering in 2008 and his M.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in 2010 from Ryerson University. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto in 2014. He worked as a Design Engineer for Hydro One Inc. from 2008 to 2015. He then went on to become an Assistant Professor at Central Michigan University until 2018 when he joined Virginia Tech as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research interests include structural dynamics, nonlinear vibration, noise and vibration control, self-powered MEMS and NEMS sensors and actuators, energy harvesting, smart composite materials, fluid structure interaction, inspection and damping robots, and assistive robotic exoskeletons. A list of his publications is available here.

Postdoctoral Researchers

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Sunit GuptaI his B.Eng from CSVTU Bhilai, India and his PhD from IIT Kanpur in 2018, both in Mechanical Engineering. his current research focuses on the understanding the effect of nonlinear isolators on the vibrations of ultra-precision manufacturing systems (UPM).

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Mohamad Bukhari received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology in 2014, his M.Sc in Engineering from Central Michigan University in 2017, and his Ph.D from Virginia Tech in 2021. He is interested in studying Metamaterials, Energy Harvesting, Linear and Nonlinear Vibrations, Human Structure Interaction, Perturbation Techniques, and Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos.

Ph.D. Students

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Jiamin (Jimmy) Wang received his B.Eng degree in Mechanical Engineering from East China University of Science and Technology in 2015, and his M.S. Degree in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering from the University of Missouri - Columbia in 2017. His current research focuses on the development of a wrist tremor suppression exoskeleton.

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Daniel Welcome received his BSME from Purdue University in 1993 and MS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Iowa in 1996. After further study in BME at Iowa and occupational biomechanics research at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, he has been researching hand transmitted vibration for the last 20+ years at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. His research at Virginia Tech focuses on finding ways to use nonlinear dynamics to mitigate the vibration from tools.

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Mohammed El Kihal received his BSGE degree from Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco in 2017. He spent one year doing research at Meijo University in Nagoya, Japan working on semi-autonomous Telepresence Robots. He also spent two years at Tsinghua University in China working with Paralympic athletes to improve their performance. His research in Virginia Tech focuses on tremor suppressing exoskeletons.

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Arun Malla received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and completed his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. His research interests include kinematics, dynamics, and modelling and analysis of complex systems.

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Paul-Camille Kakou received his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2019 and 2021, respectively. His research focuses on the development of mobile, robotic dampers for power line vibration suppression.

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Ehab Basta received his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The American University of Sharjah in 2017 and 2019, respectively. His research focuses on Metastructures, Fluid-structure interaction, Nonlinear Dynamics, Perturbation Techniques, and Structural Vibration.

M.S. Students

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Oreoluwa Alabi received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2019. His research focuses on the development of anti-vibration gloves for use in industrial settings.

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Andrew Choi received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech in 2021. His research interests include robotics and controls in the application of vibration suppression.

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Joshua LeGrande received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Harding University in 2020. His research interests include metamaterials, linear and nonlinear vibrations, and energy harvesting.

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David Blankenship received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology and A.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology from Bluefield State College in 2019.  His research interests include assistive robotics, vibrations, and exoskeletons.

Undergraduate Students

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Alumni

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Matthew Saltus, Undergraduate Researcher

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Jarod Harvey, Undergraduate Researcher

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Arthur Smith, Undergraduate Researcher

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Mary Freund, M.S.

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Hesham Tanbour, Undergraduate Researcher

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Stephen McLean, Undergraduate Researcher

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Raghuraj (Ravi) Chauhan, M.S.

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Craig Schichtel, Undergraduate Researcher

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Eshagh Farazaneh, Ph.D.

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Nitish Vaja, M.S.

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Kennedy Stone, Undergraduate Researcher

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Run Zhu, Undergraduate Researcher