Mechanical and Materials EngineeringWestern Engineering

Research

My Research Group:

The Dynamic and Sensing Systems Laboratory is the research lab of Dr. Samuel F.  Asokanthan, working in the area of mechanical system dynamics and control.  This research has applications in mechanical, aerospace and biological systems. Some of the recent activities include investigations of MEMS dynamics, bridge vibration, insect sound and vibration sensing, and Magnetic Seizure Therapy (MST) mechanics. 

2015

Dr. Asokanthan's Research Group, Summer of 2016.  From left to right: Ibrahim Grebel (PhD), Prithvi Jupalli (Res. Asst.), Prof. Sam Asokanthan, Abhijeet Wadkar (MESc), Mohamed Bognash (PhD), Loabat Shojaei Kavan (MEng)

2015:

DASSL 2015

From left to right: Abhijeet Wadkar (MESc), Ibrahim Grebel (PhD), Prof. Sam Asokanthan, Nujhat Abedin (MESc), Mohamed Bognash (PhD), Soroush Arghavan (MESc)

2013:

DASSL2013
From left to right: Nujhat Abedin (MESc), Anand Ajit Menon (MEng), Kevin Baik (UG Thesis Res.), Prof. Sam Asokanthan, Ajay Valiathan (MEng), Shuwen Gao (MEng)

2011:

DASSL2011
From left to right: Joel Book (PhD), Prof. Sam Asokanthan, Hardeep Uppal (MEng), Babak Kamalizonouzi (MESc), Rajesh Kanna Selvaraju (MESc), Shuwen Gao (MEng), Parikshit Shrivastava (MEng)

2008:

DASSL_Original

From left to right:  Xiaoxia (Michelle) Zhu (MEng), Euloge Nzembela (MEng), Jihyun (Ken) Cho (PhD), Prof. Sam Asokanthan, Joel Book (Ph.D), Pakeeza Hafeez (MESc), Tianfu Wang (PhD), Mahsa Tabar (MEng), Yu-Kuang Chen (MESc)

Current Research Group:

Graduate Students:

Name, Degree, Status

 

Title of Project

I Gebrel, PhD started  9/2015

MEMS-based energy harvesting employing bi-stable vibratory systems

M Bognash, PhD started 9/2013

Dynamic Bouncing and Stability analysis of NEMS based switching systems under Casmir and Electrostatic Forces

A Gillani MESc start 9/2016

50% with Prof. L. Jiang

Mechanical Integrity Investigations for Advanced Materials

 

Research Assistants:

P Jupalli       UG Reseasrch Assistant

Visiting Professor:

Prof. Wang Ligang, Harbin Engineering University

Past Research Group:

PhD Students:

Name and Year of completion

Title of Project

Present Position

2012

J. M. Book

PhD

Modal Characterization of Micron-scale  Structures via Output-Only Identification

 

Senior R&D Engineer, Balance Technology

Inc., Detroit, Michigan, USA

 

2009

J. Cho

PhD

Nonlinear Instabilities in Ring-based Vibratory Angular Rate Sensors

Senior Consulting Engineer – Aercoustics Engineering Ltd., Toronto, ON Canada

2009

T. Wang

PhD

Nonlinear and Stochastic dynamics of MEMS-based Angular Rate Sensing and Switching Systems

Project Manager,  Arcelor-Mittal- Dofasco, Hamilton, ON

2005

M. Jokic

PhD

(Shared 30% with Prof. Longuski, Purdue U and Prof Daniel, UQ)

Dynamics and Control of Tethered Spacecraft incorporating Lifting Bodies

Research Scientist. DSTO (Defense) Melbourne, Australia.

2004

N.  Maxwell

PhD

Optimal Placement of Distributed Actuators on a Multi-link Flexible Manipulator

Senior Research Scientist, WBM Associates, Brisbane, Australia

2004

M.  Kerr

PhD

Robust Control of an Articulating Flexible Structure using MIMO QFT

Senior Scientist, Deimos Space

Madrid, Spain

 

2003

Chan L

PhD

Implementation of CMAC as a Neural Network Controller for Mechanical Systems Incorporating Hydraulic Actuators

Digital Development Leader, GE Capital

Melbourne, Australia

 

2000

Wang  X H

PhD

Stochastic Instabilities in Rotating Multi-body systems

Senior Software Engineer, AGL Technology Group, Victoria, Australia

1999

Gu M

PhD

Combined Spatially Distributed-discrete Control of a Two Link Flexible Manipulator

Consulting Engineer – Space Robotics and Automation, Montreal, Quebec

1998

Meehan P A

PhD

Non-linear Instabilities in Rotating Multi-body Systems

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

1996

Oliver R. I

PhD

Control / Structure Integrated Design for Flexible Spacecraft

Specialist Project Controls,  PMO,  Rio Tinto Alcan, Brisbane, Australia

 

1995

Milford R I

PhD

Experimental Identification and Adaptive Control of a Flexible Manipulator

Project Manager, Boeing satellite Systems, El Segundo, California, USA

1995

Van Twest D A

PhD

Adaptive Control of Flexible Spacecraft

Director, VIPAC Engineers and Scientists, Brisbane, Australia

Masters Students (Research Masters) - MESc

Name and Year of completion

Title of Project

Present Postion

2015

A Wadkar, MESc,

Simulation of Magnetic Field Induced Current and Neuron Spiking for Magnetic Seizure Therapy

TBA

2015 

S Arghavan, MESc

Stochastic stability and Uncertainty Quantification of Ring-based MEMS Gyroscopes

R & D Engineer, General Motors Canada, Oshawa,  ON

2014

N Abedin MESc

Uncertainty Quantification for a Class of

MEMS-based Vibratory Angular Rate Sensors

MBA candidate, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON

2012

B Kamali  MESc

Optimal Inertial Sensor Placement and Motion Detection for Epileptic Seizure Patient Monitoring

Senior Mechanical Engineer, Worley Parsons, Toronto, ON

2012

R. Selvaraju

MESc

Characterization of Solar

Roadways via Computational and Experimental Investigations

 

Mechanical Engineer, Prominent Fluid Control Ltd, Guelph, ON

2011

J Ma

MESc

(Shared 50% with Prof. L Jiang, UWO)

Nonlinear Instabilities in MEM/NEM Electrostatic Switches

 

Senior Design Engineer, Lamko Tool and Mold Inc., London, ON

2008

P Hafeez

MESc

Modal Identification of Flexible Micron-scale Structures

PhD candidate, University of Toronto

2008

Y Chen

MESc

Internal Resonance in MEMS-based Vibratory Rate Gyroscopes

Senior Engineer, City of London, London, ON, Canada

2006

S Ali

MESc

Modal Identification of Structures with Output Only Data

Senior Engineer, Bombardier Inc., Montreal, QC

2005

Y Tian

MESc

Active Roll Control of Heavy Road-vehicles employing MEMS Angular Rate Sensors

Vice President, R&D and Manufacturing, BAIC-TAP  Off-road Vehicle Technology  Cooperation Ltd, Beijing, China.

2005

J Cho

MESc

Dynamic Response and Stability of Ring-based Angular Rate Sensors

Senior Environmental Engineer, ARCADIS, Toronto, ON Canada

2004

T Wang 

MESc

Dynamic Stability of a Class of Vibrating Rate Gyroscopes

Project Manager,  Arcelor-Mittal- Dofasco, Hamilton, ON

2003

Costello M  MESc (Shared 50% with Prof. Daniel, UQ), 

The Dynamic Behaviour of a Locomotive Traction Drive System

Senior Mechanical Engineer, Parsons Brinkerhoff Pty Ltd, Brisbane, Australia

2002

Eustace C

MESc

Development of Stacking Algorithms for palletising irregular sized packages

Senior Engineer - Maunsell Australia Pty Ltd, Brisbane, Australia

1997

Nguyen-Do Q

MESc 

Distributed Control of Coupled Torsional-Flexural Vibration of Flexible Beams

AUSTA Electric, Brisbane, Australia

1995

Van Doorn E C  MESc

Attitude Stability of a Dual-Spin Spacecraft

Project Engineer, SHELL, Brisbane, Australia

1993

Spearritt D J

MESc

Development of a Spatially Distributed Torsional Vibration Actuator

Senior Systems Engineer, OPTECH Software Pty Ltd, Brisbane, Australia


Masters Students (Project Masters) - MEng

Name, Degree, Status

Title of Project

 

Present Position

2016

L Shojaei-Kavan

Simulation of Neuron Spiking models

PhD Student, University of Western Ontario

2015

D Kher, MEng

Design and Construction of an Active Suspension system Experiment.

Not known at present

R Mody 2014

M. Eng

Development and simulation of control strategies for a Quarter-car 2DOF suspension system

Not known at present

S Foster 2014

M. Eng

Kinematics of U-Joints during Dynamic Motion of  Heavy Vehicle Systems using ADAMS

Senior Engineer, General Dynamics Land Systems, London, ON

I Rajeh 2014

M. Eng

Design of a Solar Bike Path integrating PZT-based Energy Harvesting Sub-systems

Design Engineer, WSP Company, Calgary, AB

S Vijayaraghavan 2014

M. Eng

Integrating Inertial Measurement Unit (GY80) with Arduino Uno and Simulink

Quality Engineer, Transform Automotive, London, ON

A Valiathan 2013

M. Eng

Motion Detection Strategies for Epileptic Seizure Patients Based on Inertial Sensor Data

Project Coordinator, Bird Construction, Edmonton, AB

A A Menon 2013

M. Eng

Simulation of Moving Load, Stress Analysis and Design of

Photovoltaic/Piezoelectric  Harvesting System

Not known at present

K Suresh 2012

M. Eng

Vibration-based Energy Harvesting in Bridge Structures

IT Business Systems Analyst, TD Bank, Toronto, ON

H Singh 2011

M.Eng

Dynamic and Thermo-fluid Analysis of a Piezoelectric Fan

Not known at present

P Shrivastava 2011

M. Eng

MEMS for Friction and Vibration Control in Automotive applications

Valiant Machine and Tool, Windsor, ON

S Gao 2011

M. Eng

Inertial sensor network for  Roll and Yaw sensing in Transportation Applications

Applications Engineer, MDS Aero Support Cooperation, Ottawa, ON

J Lee 2011

M. Eng

Vibration and Noise based Energy Harvesting Systems

Not known at present

D Sinar 2009

MEng

Novel Applications of Nanotechnology for Vibration Sensors

PhD student, University of Western Ontario

E Nzembela

MEng 2008

Vibration Control Implementation for a 2DOF Torsional System via dSPACE

Mechanical Engineer, Master Design and Innovation, Haver & Boecker, St. Catherines, ON

I Yusuf 2008

MEng 2008

Design and Simulation of a Conveyor Belt Assembly

Senior Design Engineer, Hood Packaging Cooperation, Guelp, ON

X Zhu

MEng 2008

Flexible Multi-body System Simulation via ADAMS

 

Not known at present

M G Tabar 2008

MEng

Development of Motorola 68HC11-based platform development for Vibration and Control Experiments

Instrumentation and Control Engineer, SNC-Lavalin, Oakville, ON

J Aboumourad 2007

MEng

Control of a Three-disk Rotational Vibratory System

Not known at present

A Shahabi  2007

MEng

SRV02-Series Rotary Experiments

Boiler Engineerm Riello North America, Toronto, ON

B Kan

MEng  2007

Bridge-Vehicle Interaction for Active Suspension Design

Mechanical Engineer, BELLCAMP Manufacturing, Ingersoll, ON

M Patel 2007

MEng

Suppression of Flow induced Vibration using  a Ring Absorber

Not known at present

S Patel  2007

MEng

Simulation of MEMS-based Rate Sensors via ADAMS

Not known at present

J Book 2006

MEng 

Dynamic Simulation and Design of Articulated 3 DOF platforms

Senior R&D Engineer, Balance Technology

Inc., Detroit, Michigan, USA