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Dr. Mohammadreza Radmanesh, Robotics Researcher at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory


Thursday, May 18th, 2020
11:00 am to Noon



Despite the incredible success stories from robotics in the last few years, many of our best autonomy capabilities such as planning and control algorithms and Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) are still far from transitioning out of the research lab and into the real world. Fielding a UGV or flying a UAV at high speeds through a cluttered environment requires reliable perception and online planning in novel environments to deal with uncertainty from perception, imperfect actuators, and model errors. This talk will present recent work in developing integrated frameworks that exploit methods from logical reasoning, formal synthesis, Machine Learning (ML), and robotics to produce solutions and ultimately enable autonomy where robots perform complex tasks together. Specifically, this talk focuses on the development of algorithms for uncertain dynamical systems with a special interest in resilient cooperative control of networked multi‐vehicle systems and sensory‐driven SLAM algorithm. The developed architectures are deployed on the ground and aerial robotics and autonomous vehicles operating in GPS‐denied uncertain environments and subject to multiple constraints.


Reza Radmanesh received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 2019. He is currently a robotic researcher at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and before this position, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His research interests mainly lie within the field of control and robotics with an emphasis on distributed control of networked multi‐agent systems, cooperative control, SLAM and Machine Learning.

SEMINAR SERIES (4-30-2020)

Design of Soft Robots: Smart Actuation and Controlled Motion

Dr. Venkatsubramanian Kalpathy Venkiteswaran, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomechanical Engineering at University of Twente

Venkatsubramanian Kalpathy Venkiteswaran

Thursday April 30th, 2020
11:00am to Noon,
ETRL room 101


Password: 7p20j9


Smart devices, intelligent materials and soft robots are paving the way for rapid technological advancements, and are currently among the hottest topics of research in engineering and robotics. Soft robots with embedded actuation and sensing capabilities have the potential to perform a variety of tasks, including navigating restricted spaces and providing distributed contact not possible using traditional robots. However, significant challenges exist in transforming these concepts into functional devices due to issues in modeling large deformations, controlling dynamics of motion and actuating continuum devices. This talk will cover design, modeling and actuation techniques for soft robots, continuum manipulators and compliant mechanisms, with an eye on surgical, biomedical and scientific application. Recent developments in bio‐inspired untethered magnetic soft robots will be discussed, demonstrating interesting motion capabilities. A novel design for a metallic continuum manipulator for high precision motion will be described. Reduced order computationally‐efficient models for analysis of flexible members will be detailed, for implementation in closed‐loop actuation. These developments in various aspects of soft robots and continuum devices are expected to improve the functionality and utility of these devices for applications ranging from minimally invasive surgical procedures to scientific exploration.


Venkatsubramanian Kalpathy Venkiteswaran is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomechanical Engineering at University of Twente. Prior to that, he was a post‐doctoral research fellow at the Surgical Robotics Lab at University of Twente for two years. He received his doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University, USA, working on design principles for compliant mechanisms. Venkat’s research interests include design of soft robots and flexible devices, with a focus on medical application. He is currently working on projects related to bio‐inspired untethered magnetic soft robots, flexure‐based design of continuum manipulators, magnetic catheters for percutaneous coronary interventions, geometrically‐exact models for continuum devices and the use of magnetic actuation systems for minimally‐invasive surgery.

SEMINAR SERIES (4-23-2020)

3D Printed Artificial Organs and Smart Electronics for Biomedical and Healthcare Applications

Presented by Dr. Kaiyan Qiu, Postdoctoral Associate in Mechanical Engineering at University of Minnesota

Kaiyan Qiu

Thursday April 23rd, 2020
11:00am to Noon,
ETRL room 101



The interweaving of polymeric materials with multiscale, multimaterial 3D printing processes could enable the additive manufacturing of a diverse set of complex, multifunctional structures. To this end, the focus of this talk is to introduce the 3D printing of presurgical organ models, cardiac muscle pump, and smart electronics with unique geometries and extraordinary functionalities that can be utilized for biomedical and healthcare applications. Firstly, 3D printed, patient‐specific prostate and aortic root models with physical properties of tissue and integrated capacitive sensors will be presented and their applications in surgical rehearsal and planning, medical device evaluation, and postoperative complication prediction will be discussed. Secondly, 3D bioprinting of cardiac muscle pump using stem cell‐laden biomaterials and in situ proliferation and differentiation procedure will be presented. The muscle pump exhibits contiguous muscle wall and macroscale beating function. Thirdly, a 3D printed stretchable piezoresistive tactile sensor fabricated on freeform surface under mild conditions using customized electronic materials will be introduced. This sensor can be integrated onto human skin for health monitoring and motion detection. Finally, my future research and teaching plans about additive manufacturing, functional materials and devices, and their applications at the Washington State University will be briefly discussed in the talk.


Dr. Kaiyan Qiu is currently a Postdoctoral Associate in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He received his Ph.D. in Fiber Science with Polymers and Biological Engineering Concentrations from Cornell University, and completed his Bachelor and Master Degrees from Donghua University. During his Ph.D. at Cornell, Dr. Qiu worked on biobased and biodegradable polymer composites in Prof. Anil Netravali’s group. He also spent a year at Dartmouth College for studying freeze‐cast biomaterials. After that, Dr. Qiu joined Prof. Michael McAlpine’s group at Princeton University and University of Minnesota. With his expertise in functional materials, additive manufacturing (3D printing), electronics, and biotechnologies, Dr. Qiu’s recent work focuses on designing and developing presurgical organ models with integrated electronics for surgical rehearsal and medical device evaluations, flexible electronics for health monitoring, and cardiac tissue models for biomedical applications. His highly interdisciplinary research work has been published in numerous high‐impact journals. The work also represents several first and has been widely recognized in scientific news outlets. More details can be found at


Welcome to The School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at WSU

Indranath DuttaThe School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at WSU has one of the largest undergraduate programs in the Pacific Northwest, with about 1000 students and 45 faculty members spread across three sister campuses (the main campus at Pullman, and sister departments at Everett, Tri-cities, and Bremerton). Our graduate student and postdoctoral researcher populations are growing, underpinned by continuously increasing annual research expenditures (currently over $7.5m), with over 130 PhD students and 60 MS students. It is one of few schools where both Mechanical Engineering (ME) and Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) programs are offered under the same roof, allowing our students to be reared in a highly interdisciplinary, enriching environment. Read more from the Director, Indranath Dutta.

In the News


  • Summer Courses MME Summer Course Offerings

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Advanced Manufacturing Initiative

students in labThe School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering is expanding its Advanced Manufacturing program to include additive manufacturing, design, automation, and bio-printing; additionally, the school intends to recruit talented leaders and plans to upgrade its undergraduate laboratory facilities to further strengthen its research capabilities.

Learn more about our Advanced Manufacturing Initiative.

Learn more about MME’s Recent Successes in Advanced Manufacturing.

Apply for a Competitive Fellowship in Advanced Manufacturing Research.

Additive Manufacturing for Practicing Engineers – A WSU Noncredit Online Course for Boeing Employees offered by Prof. Amit Bandyopadhyay.

Professors Amit Bandyopadhyay and Susmita Bose recently published the second edition of their book, Additive Manufacturing.

Robotics and Autonomous Systems Initiative

The School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering aims to establish a preeminent educational and research enterprise in Robotics and Autonomous Systems, including applications of Machine Learning in these fields. The school intends to fill multiple faculty positions in this area during the next 3 years, introduce a sequence of new undergraduate and graduate courses, offer an Autonomous Systems specialization-track to our undergraduates, upgrade its undergraduate robotics laboratory facilities, and augment its research capabilities.

Learn more about our Robotics and Autonomous Systems Initiative.

Summer Courses

The School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering offers a range of courses in the summer. The courses to be offered in summer 2020 are listed below.

Registration for summer session starts on Monday, March 9th 2020. Summer courses are offered only when a minimum number of students register for them, and registration is usually capped at a maximum number of registrants. Please register as early as possible to ensure your spot.

SEMINAR SERIES (1-23-2020)

Advanced Laser‐Materials‐Processing Techniques for Nanofabrication of Functional Materials and Energy Harvesting Devices

Dr. Seung Yeon Kang

Thursday January 23rd, 2020 11:00am to Noon
ETRL room 101

Meet the speaker before the seminar in ETRL room 119, 10:30am to 10:50am.
Light refreshments will be served.

Presented by Dr. Seung Yeon Kang, Program Manager of NSF’s SHAP3D Additive Manufacturing Center, University of Connecticut


Increasing number of novel materials, structures and device are being designed every day to revolutionize our future. Accordingly, new fabrication methods to complement the designs must be developed for actual realization of the devices. In this talk I’ll start by discussing the use of ultrafast lasers for advanced materials processing techniques and the significance of developing new nanofabrication methods for cost‐effective manufacturing and rapid prototyping with high accuracy. The focus of my talk will be on a novel direct laser writing technique that enables fabrication of 3D metal‐dielectric nanocomposite structures of tunable dimensions ranging from hundreds of nanometers to micrometers. This true 3D patterning technique utilizes nonlinear optical interactions between chemical precursors and femtosecond pulses to go beyond the limitations of conventional fabrication techniques that require multiple postprocessing steps and/or are restricted to fabrication in two dimensions. The first part of the talk will end with a further discussion on possible applications including metamaterials, graphene‐based devices and etc. In the shorter second part of the talk, I’ll introduce a relatively new material of research interest called piezoelectrochemical materials and another advanced laser‐materials‐ processing technique that utilizes laser induced forward transfer (LIFT). I’ll end with a discussion on how one can use these two research areas to develop energy harvesting devices that convert ambient mechanical energy into electrochemical energy.


Dr. SeungYeon Kang is currently the program manager for NSF’s SHAP3D additive manufacturing center at University of Connecticut. Her research interests are focused on advanced laser materials processing techniques, fundamental principles and application of light‐matter interaction, nanofabrication and energy technology. She obtained her B.A. degree from Cornell University in chemical engineering and received her Ph.D. degree in applied physics from Harvard University, where she focused on ultrafast laser processing of materials and developed a novel 3D nanofabrication technique. After her graduate studies, she worked at Samsung SDI as a senior research engineer on lithium ion batteries and at Princeton University as a postdoctoral research associate. Her various research resulted in several patents and she is the recipient of Samsung SDI Scholarship, Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE) research Fellowship and Princeton Postdoctoral Fellowship in scientific writing.

Students Win Machining Awards

Student Gene Haas Foundation award winners pose together.

Seven WSU students, along with the WSU Formula SAE team, recently were awarded scholarship grants from the Gene Haas Foundation, which supports developing CNC machine technology skills.

Student Gene Haas Foundation award winners pose together.
From left to right, Joshua Kernan, Pablo Yong, instructor Kurt Hutchinson, Jose Avilia, Philip Whitworth, Elizabeth Makizuru, Robbie Englehart, and Christina Paoletti. Not pictured – Gus Bronk.


Chang awarded first place

Yu-Chung Chang posing with his award.
Congratulations to WSU’s Yu-Chung Chang on placing first at the recent ASTM Symposium on Structural Integrity of Additive Manufactured Materials and Parts Student Competition. » More ...

2019 Fall Mentoring Event

Microsoft Senior Director of Engineering, Jason Tripard, presenting at the Fall 2019 Mentoring Event
On Sept. 12th School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering students had the opportunity to meet their mentors from Microsoft, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, and WSU faculty to discuss their possible future careers. » More ...