Bo Chen


Dr. Chen is the Dave House Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan Technological University. She received her Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Davis, in 2005. Dr. Chen conducts interdisciplinary researches in the areas of mechatronics and embedded systems, agent technology, modeling and control of hybrid electric vehicles, cyber-physical systems, and automation. Her research projects are funded by National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, and industrial partners. Dr. Chen has authored or co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers. She received the Best Paper Award at 2008 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications.

Dr. Chen is currently serving as the Chair of the Technical Committee on Mechatronics and Embedded Systems of IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society and the Chair of the Technical Committee on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications of ASME Design Engineering Division. She is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems. Dr. Chen has served as Program Chair, Symposium Chair, and Session Chair for a number of international conferences. She was the General Chair of 2013 ASME/IEEE International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications.
Areas of Expertise
Mechatronics and embedded systems
Agent Technology
Monitoring and control networks
Hybrid electric vehicles
Smart grid

Research Interests
Modeling and control of hybrid electric vehicles
EV-smart grid integration
Distributed monitoring and control
Battery control for HEV and energy storage systems
IC engine management systems
Sensor information fusion

Umesh Korde

Umesh Korde has been active in the area of ocean wave energy utilization since 1982. He has worked on several aspects of the problem, though his research over the last three decades has primarily been concerned with the dynamics, control, and hydrodynamics of oscillating bodies and pressure distributions performing as the primary working element of a wave energy converter. Of particular interest in the last few years have been small devices capable of integration into measurement and sensing systems in the ocean, as well as shore and ocean based microgrids serving a variety of applications. A focal area of his current research has been new techniques for modeling and control, including novel ways to utilize existing approaches.

Dr. Korde has also worked on the dynamics and control of flexible bodies including lightweight membranes, for space applications such as steering and shaping of laser beams, tunable passive damping of lightweight structures, and self-healing of structures using focused stress waves. Dr. Korde serves as an associate editor for the journal J Ocean Engineering and Marine Energy (Springer), and is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Research Specialties

  • Dynamics and control: floating body hydrodynamics, hydrodynamic modeling of buoys, cables;
  • Modeling and control of flexible and smart structures;
  • Wave energy converters, near-optimal control in the time domain;
  • Adaptive and nonlinear control of floating bodies;
  • Low-dissipation actuator and mechanism development, development of new detection and sensing modalities;
  • Deterministic wave prediction;
  • Control of ship-board systems
  • Wave powered microgrids
  • Sumit Paudyal

    Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Areas of Interest

  • Distribution Grid Modeling and Optimization
  • Building-to-grid (B2G) and Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) Integration
  • Wide-area Control and Protection, Synchrophasor applications in Smart Grid
    Energy Hub, Distributed Energy Resources, Demand Response, and Demand Dispatch
    Distribution Level Energy Market
  • Kazuya Tajiri

    Dr. Kazuya Tajiri earned his Bachelor degree from the University of Tokyo, and Master of Science degree from Georgia Institute of Technology in the field of turbulent combustion simulation. After three years of fuel cell research at Nissan Motors in Japan, he returned to the U.S. to continue Ph.D. research at Pennsylvania State University, and earned his Ph.D. degree in 2008. After two years of experience at Argonne National Laboratory conducting fuel cell systems modeling and analysis, he joined Michigan Technological University in 2010.

    Currently, Dr. Tajiri is the director of the Multiscale Transport Process Laboratory (MTPL), and investigates the multiphase, multiscale transport phenomena in energy conversion devices and propulsion systems.
    At present,two main research objectives are being conducted:
    • Electrochemical devices for energy conversion
    • Unsteady flow systems for propulsion / energy conversion

    Kuilin Zhang


    Dr. Zhang received his Ph.D. degree in Transportation Systems Analysis and Planning from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northwestern University in December 2009.  After working as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Transportation Center at Northwestern, he joined the Energy Systems Division at Argonne National Laboratory as a Postdoctoral Appointee in November 2010. He is a member of Transportation Research Board (TRB) standing committees of Transportation Network Modeling (ADB30) and Freight Transportation Planning and Logistics (AT015). He is also a member of INFORMS.

    Research Interests

    • Vehicle Network Microgrids
    • Dynamic network equilibrium and optimization
    • Modeling and simulation of large-scale complex systems
    • Multimodal transportation systems analysis
    • Freight transportation and logistics systems
    • Data-driven travel behavior analysis
    • Impact of plug-in electric vehicles to smart grid and transportation network systems
    • Vehicle systems dynamics and fuel-efficient driving behavior

    Chee-Wooi Ten

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    Chee-Wooi Ten was born in Alor Setar, Malaysia. He received a BS and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University, in Ames, in 1999 and 2001, respectively. Prior to completing his Master’s degree, he had a summer internship with MidAmerican in Des Moines, working as an energy management system (EMS) analyst. Ten was an Application Engineer with Siemens Energy Management and Information System (SEMIS) in Singapore from 2002 to 2006. He received a PhD in 2009 from University College Dublin (UCD), National University of Ireland. His primary research interests are (1) cybersecurity for power grids, and (2) software prototype and power-automation applications on SCADA systems. He has been with Michigan Tech as an Assistant Professor since January 2010.

    Areas of Expertise

    • Power Infrastructure Cybersecurity and Protection
    • Resilience Assessment of Critical Infrastructure Interdependencies
    • Future Control Center Framework
    • SCADA/EMS/DMS Applications
    • Power Systems Engineering

    Ye (Sarah) Sun


    Dr. Ye Sun is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Technological University. She received her Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 2014. Her research is an interdisciplinary resort that integrates engineering innovation with human health and human behaviors. The primary focus is on human-centered smart monitoring technologies that integrate advance sensor technology and decision support to improve healthcare and transportation safety.

    Areas of Expertise

    • Cyber-Physical System
    • Human-Machine Interaction
    • Human Factors in Transportation

    Mo Rastgaar


    Dr. Mohammad Rastgaar-Aagah is an assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Department at Michigan Technological University since 2011. Dr. Rastgaar received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2008. He was a post-doctoral associate in the Newman Laboratory for Biomechanics and Human Rehabilitation at MIT. Dr. Rastgaar is a recipient of 2014 NSF CAREER award.

    Dr. Rastgaar is the founding director of the Human-Interactive Robotics Lab (HIRoLab) at Michigan Tech. The research at the HIRoLab is focused on the development of lower extremity assistive and rehabilitation devices for enhanced agility and improved mobility. The research goal at the HIRoLab is to further the critical understanding about the dynamics of gait, especially during different maneuvers, through experiments with human subjects and modeling.

    Areas of Expertise

    • Dynamics and Controls
    • Robotics
    • System Identification


    Mark Vaughn

    xdJJr3eLPtUPZrpPVx4z3KTToTZm8-h2bIOB7P4spj0Dr. Vaughn has joined Michigan Tech as a research professor after retiring from Sandia National Laboratories. His research expertise is in the area of mechanical and electromechanical design, stress analysis, dynamics, and innovative applications. He has over 10 patents, and has been the lead on a broad array of projects for the military.

    Areas of Expertise

    • Electro-Mechanical Analysis and Design
    • Energy Storage
    • Hydrogen Peroxide Systems
    • Advanced Payloads
    • Robotic Vehicles
    • Biomedical Devices