Lab Director

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

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).

Ph.D. Students

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

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.

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.

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.

M.S. Students

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

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.

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.

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

Matthew Saltus is pursuing his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech. He is assisting the development of rehabilitation devices for tremor suppression.

Alumni

Raghuraj (Ravi) Chauhan, M.S.

Craig Schichtel, Undergraduate Researcher

Eshagh Farazaneh, Ph.D.

Nitish Vaja, M.S.

Kennedy Stone, Undergraduate Researcher

Run Zhu, Undergraduate Researcher

Jarod Harvey, Undergraduate Researcher

Arthur Smith, Undergraduate Researcher

Mary Freund, M.S.

Hesham Tanbour, Undergraduate Researcher

Stephen McLean, Undergraduate Researcher

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