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Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics
Appointed to Lehigh Faculty: 2004
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Ph.D., Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, University of California San Diego (UCSD), 2004.
M.Sc., Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, University of California San Diego (UCSD), 2000.
Engineer (6-yr program), Nuclear Engineering, Balseiro Institute, Argentina, 1998
Engineer (6-yr program), Electronic Engineering,University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1993.
Related Experience - teaching, industrial, etc.:
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, Lehigh University, 2004-present
Lecturer, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California San Diego (UCSD), 2003
Graduate Intern, SDCC (System Dynamics, Characterization and Control) . RASCAL Lab, Sun Microsystems, 2003-2004
Research Intern, General Atomics, Fusion Group, Summers 2002 & 2003.
Consultant in Industrial Automation and Control, 1994-1999.
Assistant Professor, Control Engineering, National University of Quilmes, Argentina, 1998-1999.
Control Engineer, Automation Group, Schneider Electric Argentina, 1992-1994.
Lecturer, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1990-1992.
Research activities, consulting, patents, etc.:
Control Theory with emphasis on Nonlinear and Saturated Control, and Distributed Parameter Control; System Modeling and Identification; Fault Detection; Industrial Automation; Signal Processing; Numerical Methods; Mechatronics and Robotics. Application of advanced control techniques to complex physical systems (fission and fusion reactors, particle accelerators, plasmas, magnetohydrodynamic flows). Other research interests include control of mechanical systems, micro/nano control, autonomous and cooperative control, control of biomedical systems.
K. C. Gross and E. Schuster, "Method and Apparatus for Validating Sensor Operability in a Computer System," U.S. Patent 7076389 issued July 11, 2006.
G.A. Cumberford, R.C. Dhanekula, K.C. Gross, and E. Schuster, "Spectral Synthesis of Telemetry Signals to Remove Signal Quantization Effects," U.S> Patent Application filed February 2006.
Scientific and professional societies of which a member:
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
American Nuclear Society (ANS).
American Physical Society (APS).
Honors and awards:
National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2007
Who's Who of Emerging Leaders, First Edition, 2006
Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars, 2005
Best Poster Award, School of Engineering Research Review, UCSD, 2004.
Best Presentation Award, American Control Conference, 2003.
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, UCSD, 2000-2001.
Doctoral Studies Fellowship Offer, Fulbright Association, 1999.
Graduate Fellowship Offer, Organization of American States (OAS), 1999.
Specialization Fellowship Offer, Argentine National Commission of Atomic Energy, 1998-2000.
Nuclear Engineering Fellowship, Argentine National Commission of Atomic Energy, 1994-1998.
“Honor Diploma” Award, University of Buenos Aires, 1993.
“Academic Performance” Award, Fortabat Foundation, 1992.
“Academic Excellence” Fellowship, Stock Exchange Foundation, 1991-1993.
Recent MS Theses supervised:
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2008 - Jennifer Woodby, MS Thesis, "Model for Current Drive Stabilization of Neoclassical Tearing Modes"
2006 - Joseph Blair, MS Thesis, "Comparison of Potential Approaches for Resistive Wall Mode Stabilization in Fusion Reactors Based on a Plasma Eigenmode Model"
2006 - Miles Pekala, MS Thesis, "Dynamic Optimization of an irregular swarm of robots using Ant Colony Optimization (ACO) and other methods"
2006 - Lixiang Luo, MS Thesis, "Direct Numerical Simulation of Mixing Control by Boundary Feedback in 2D Magnetohydrodynamic Channel Flow"
2006 - Graham Schill, MS Thesis, "Rollover Recoverability of a Hexapod Walker"