People

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

David J. Cappelleri is an Associate Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University and in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering (by courtesy).  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).  He is currently co-leading a Purdue Engineering Initiative in Autonomous and Connected Systems and is the Purdue site director for the NSF Engineering Research Center on the Internet of Things for Precision Agriculture (IoT4Ag).  Prof. Cappelleri has received various awards, such as the NSF CAREER Award, Harvey N. Davis Distinguished Assistant Professor Teaching Award, John J. Gallen Memorial Award, and the Association for Lab Automation Young Scientist Award.

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 Researchers

Benjamin Johnson
Postdoctoral Researcher, Mechanical Engineering
john1360@purdue.edu

Mobile microrobotics, micro autonomous systems, surgical robotics

PhD Students

Georges Adam
Ph.D. Student, Mechanical Engineering
adamg@purdue.edu

Microrobotics/Micromanipulation

Arindam Chowdhury
Ph.D. Candidate, Mechanical Engineering

Micro aerial vehicles; assistive robotics

Aaron Davis
Ph.D. Student, Mechanical Engineering
davi1381@purdue.edu

Mobile Microrobotics

Juncheng Li
Ph.D. Student, Mechanical Engineering

Robotics for Resilient Extra-Terrestrial Habitats

Liyuan Tan
Ph.D. Student, Mechanical Engineering
tan328@purdue.edu

Mobile Microrobotics

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

Heterogeneous mobile robot teams

Masters Students

Zilin Li
M.S. Mechanical Engineering

Agricultural Robotics

Undergraduate Students

Nitya Agrawal
B.S. Mechanical Engineering
agrawa90@purdue.edu

Agricultural Robotics

Joseph Jia Rong Chen
B.S. Mechanical Engineering

Surgical Robotics

Abby Grillo
B.S. Mechanical Engineering
agrillo@purdue.edu

Surgical Robotics

Eric Mesina
B.S. Mechanical Engineering
emesina@purdue.edu

Robotics for Resilient Extra-Terrestrial Habitats

Amanda Mudd
B.S. Mechanical Engineering
mudd3@purdue.edu

Surgical Robotics

Ethan Radke
B.S. Mechanical Engineering

Medical Devices

Agathiya Tharun
M.S. Mechanical Engineering
atharun@purdue.edu

Robotics for Resilient Extra-Terrestrial Habitats

Nachiket Vatkar
B.S. Mechanical Engineering
nvatkar@purdue.edu

Robotics for Industrial Inspection


Lab Alumni

Postdoctoral Researchers

  • Sagar Chowdhury
    Current Position: Caterpillar
  • Maria Guix Noguera
    Current Position: Juan de la Cierva PostDoc Fellow, Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), Barcelona, Spain

PhD Students

  • Jermaine Chambers
  • Zhenbo Fu
  • Wuming Jing (2013)
    Current Position: Assistant Professor, Lawrence Technological University
    Thesis Title: Towards Functional Magnetic Microrobotics
  • Benjamin Johnson (May 2020)
    Current Position: Post-doctoral Researcher, Purdue University
    Thesis Title: Local Magnetic Field System Design and Control for Independent Control of Multiple Mobile Microrobots
  • Yangbo Long (2014)
    Current Position: Siemens
    Thesis Title: Design, Modeling, and Control of an Overactuated Micro Aerial Vehicle
  • Daniel McArthur (2019)
    Current Position: Sandia National Labs
    Thesis Title: Design of an Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for Physical Interaction with the Environment

Masters Students

  • Ze An (2019)
    Current Position: Pony.ai
    Thesis Title: Agricultural Robotic Platform for In-row and Under Canopy Crop Monitoring and Assessment
  • Shi Bai (2012)
    Current Position: Stevens Institute of Technology
    Thesis Title: Investigations on Lightweight SLAM Solutions for Mico Aerial Vehicles
  • Chenghao Bi (2019)
    Current Position: Medtronic
    Thesis Title: Design of Magnetic Tumbling Microrobots for Complex Environments and Biomedical Appliacations
  • Yang Ding (2019)
    Current Position: Tiger Technology
    Thesis Title: Design of a Robotic Cannula for Robotic Lumbar Discectomy
  • Andreas Gelardos (2013)
    Thesis Title: MAV Platform Design, Analysis, and Control
  • Zekun Gong (2018)
  • Peter Jaron (2015)
  • Bo Ji (2019)
    Thesis Title: Design and Control of a Low-cost Micromanipulator
  • Benjamin Johnson (2015)
    Current Position: PhD Student, Purdue University
    Thesis Title: Design of a Surgical Manipulator System for Lumbar Discectomy Procedures
  • Che Kun Law (2018)
    Current Position: Vicarious AI
    Thesis Title: Autonomous Mobile Robot for Agriculture Crop Monitoring and Precision Agriculture
  • Paras H. Patel (2012)
    Current Position: Siemens
    Thesis Title: Design and Control of a T-Quadrotor Micro Aerial Vehicle
  • Ganesh Ram Ramanujam Karthikeyan (2018)
    Current Position: Cummins Inc.
  • Joseph Seymour (2015)
  • Vinoth Venkatesan (2018)
    Current Position: The MathWorks, Inc.
    Thesis Title: Flexible automation for meso and micro-scale manipulation and assembly
  • Tianqi Ye (2018)

Undergraduate Students

  • Archit Agarawal
  • Karl Ang
  • Alex Calisto
  • Yong-Gyun Cho (2019)
  • Ryan Craker (2020)
    Current Position: Allegion, PLC
  • Thomas Daily
  • Alessandro DiLeonardo
  • Andrew Domicolo
    Current Position: Foster Wheeler
  • Ryan Drager (2020)
  • Matt Edwards
    Current Position: Pratt & Whitney
  • Nathan Esantsi (2019)
    Current Position: Graduate Student, Carnegie Mellon University
  • 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
  • Jack Hyslop
  • Jianxiong Wang (2018)
    Current Position: Graduate Student, UCLA
  • David Kleszyk
  • Cara Koepele (2018)
    Current Position: General Motors
    Thesis Title: 3D-Printed Microswimmers with Nanostructures for Real-Time Color Tracking
  • Tyler Landers
  • Jason Lee
  • Zihao Lin (2020)
  • Matt Lyng (2019)
    Current Position: Graduate Student, University of Michigan
  • Sean Lyttle
    Current Position: ETH Zurich
  • Alfred Mayalu
    Current Position: Virginia Tech
  • Noah Mehringer
  • Preethi Moorthy
  • Zhangjian Ouyang (2019)
  • Nick Pagano
    Current Position: Harrington Hoists
  • Anirudh Panuganty
    Thesis Title: 2020
  • Fagun Patel (2020)
  • Naveed Riaziat (2020)
    Current Position: Graduate Student, Johns Hopkins University
  • Sharon Rooker
  • Josiah Rudge (2020)
    Current Position: Graduate Student, Georgia Tech
  • Danielle Sack
  • Haripriya Sakthivel (2020)
  • Mark Schmidt
  • Broderick Schwartz (2019)
    Current Position: Graduate Student, University of Iowa
  • Stephanie Senkevich
  • Madyson Shank (2020)
  • Michael Shanks (2020)
    Current Position: Graduate student, Purdue University
  • Marshall Tatro
  • Nikolaos Vitoroulis
  • Bogdan Vlahov
    Current Position: Graduate Student, Georgia Tech
  • Ethan Wang
  • Jeremy Wang
    Current Position: University of Pennsylvania
  • Qing Wen (2020)
  • Ellexi Wickstrom
  • Andrew Williams
  • Bixing Yan
  • Xingyu Zhou
  • Jahel Carrera Zuniga