People

Faculty
David J. Cappelleri
Assistant Professor
dcappell@purdue.edu

David J. Cappelleri is an Assistant Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. Prior to joining Purdue, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ. Prof. Cappelleri founded the Multi-Scale Robotics & Automation Lab that performs cutting-edge research on robotic and automation systems at various length scales: macro-scale (cm to m), meso-scale (~100’s of um to a few mm’s), micro-scale (10’s of um to 100’s of um), and nano-scale (nm). Prof. Cappelleri is a recipient of the Villanova University Engineering Alumni Society John J. Gallen Memorial Award (2013), National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2012), Harvey N. Davis Distinguished Assistant Professor Teaching Award (2010) and the Association for Lab Automation (ALA) Young Scientist Award (2009). He was selected for and participated in the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers on Engineering Education Symposium in 2011 and the German-American Frontiers of Engineering Symposium in 2015 that was jointly sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the National Academy of Engineering.  Prof. Cappelleri is an elected member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) Technical Committee on Micro/Nano Robotics and Automation, the IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Mechanisms and Design, the ASME Design Engineering Division Mechanisms & Robotics Committee, and the ASME Design Engineering Division Micro/Nano-Systems Technical Committee. He is also an associate editor for the Journal of Micro-Bio Robotics (JMBR) and the IEEE Robotics & Automation Letters (RA-L) . Prof. Cappelleri received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University, and The Pennsylvania State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics.


Lab Members

Postdoctoral Students

Sagar Chowdhury
Postdoctoral Researcher, Mechanical Engineering
sagar353@purdue.edu

Mobile microrobot swarms for advanced micromanufacturing

Wuming Jing
Postdoctoral Researcher, Mechanical Engineering
jing6@purdue.edu

Mobile microrobotics for biomedical applications

PhD Students

Arindam Chowdhury
Ph.D. student, Mechanical Engineering

Micro aerial vehicles; assistive robotics

Benjamin Johnson
Ph.D. Student, Mechanical Engineering
john1360@purdue.edu

Medical robotics for minimally invasive spinal surgery

Daniel McArthur
Ph.D. Student, Mechanical Engineering
dmcarth@purdue.edu

Novel micro aerial vehicle designs and control

Ben Abruzzo
Ph.D. Candidate, Mechanical Engineering (Stevens Institute of Technology)
BAbruzzo@stevens.edu

Heterogeneous mobile robot teams

Masters Students

Undergraduate Students

Ze An
B.S. Mechanical Engineering
an40@purdue.edu

Mobile Microrobotics

Bo Ji
B.S. Mechanical Engineering
ji52@purdue.edu

Mobile Microrobotics

Tyler Landers
B.S. Mechanical Engineering
tlander@purdue.edu

Micro Aerial Vehicles

Ethan Wang
B.S. Mechanical Engineering
wang2006@purdue.edu

Mobile Microrobotics

Ellexi Wickstrom
B.S. Mechanical Engineering
lexiwickstrom@purdue.edu

Micro aerial vehicles

Xingyu Zhou
B.S. Mechanical Engineering
zhou350@purdue.edu

Mobile Microrobotics


Lab Alumni

PhD Students

  • Zhenbo Fu
  • Wuming Jing (2013)
    Current Position: Assistant Professor, Lawrence Technological University
    Thesis Title: Towards Functional Magnetic Microrobotics
  • Yangbo Long (2014)
    Current Position: Techjet Inc.
    Thesis Title: Design, Modeling, and Control of an Overactuated Micro Aerial Vehicle

Masters Students

  • Shi Bai (2012)
    Current Position: Stevens Institute of Technology
    Thesis Title: Investigations on Lightweight SLAM Solutions for Mico Aerial Vehicles
  • Andreas Gelardos (2013)
    Thesis Title: MAV Platform Design, Analysis, and Control
  • Peter Jaron (2015)
  • Benjamin Johnson (2015)
    Current Position: PhD Student, Purdue University
    Thesis Title: Design of a Surgical Manipulator System for Lumbar Discectomy Procedures
  • Paras H. Patel (2012)
    Current Position: Siemens
    Thesis Title: Design and Control of a T-Quadrotor Micro Aerial Vehicle
  • Joseph Seymour (2015)

Undergraduate Students

  • Archit Agarawal
  • Thomas Daily
  • Alessandro DiLeonardo
  • Andrew Domicolo
    Current Position: Foster Wheeler
  • Matt Edwards
    Current Position: Pratt & Whitney
  • Michael Fatovic
    Current Position: Jewel Precision
  • Evan Fisher
  • Kevin Girardi
  • Ateev Gupta
    Current Position: Intern at Apple Inc.
  • Patrick Hammer
    Current Position: Zodiac Aerospace
  • Christopher Harnack
  • David Kleszyk
  • Sean Lyttle
    Current Position: ETH Zurich
  • Alfred Mayalu
    Current Position: Virginia Tech
  • Preethi Moorthy
  • Nick Pagano
    Current Position: Harrington Hoists
  • Sharon Rooker
  • Danielle Sack
  • Mark Schmidt
  • Stephanie Senkevich
  • Marshall Tatro
  • Nikolaos Vitoroulis
  • Jeremy Wang
    Current Position: University of Pennsylvania
  • Andrew Williams
  • Bixing Yan