Members

Members

Principal Investigator

Dr. S. Andrew Gadsden

Andrew completed his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and Management (Business) at McMaster University in 2006. In 2011, he completed his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at McMaster in the area of estimation theory with applications to mechatronics and aerospace systems. Andrew worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Mechatronics and Hybrid Technology (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada). He also worked as a Project Manager in the pharmaceutical industry (Apotex Inc.) for about three years. Before joining the University of Guelph in 2016, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Andrew worked with a number of colleagues in NASA, the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL), US Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). He is an elected Fellow of ASME, is a Senior Member of IEEE, and is a Professional Engineer of Ontario. Andrew is an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Robotics and Automation and is a reviewer for a number of ASME and IEEE journals and international conferences.

Andrew earned the 2019/2020 University Research Excellence Award for the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences based on his research activities at the University of Guelph. He is also a 2019 SPIE Rising Researcher award winner based on his work in intelligent estimation theory, and a 2018 Ontario Early Researcher award (ERA) winner based on his work in intelligent condition monitoring strategies. He was also awarded the 2019 University of Guelph Faculty Association (UGFA) Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

Research interests: intelligent control systems; state and parameter estimation theory; artificial intelligence; fault detection and diagnosis techniques; applications include (but are not limited to) aerospace and automotive systems, mechatronics and robotics, chemicals, financial systems, and agriculture.

Graduate Students

  • Abofazl Rahimnejad, Doctoral
    • Optimal filtering, estimation theory
  • Andrei Buin, Doctoral
    • Machine learning, chemical formulations
  • Andrew Lee, Doctoral
    • Intelligent estimation theory, mechatronics
  • Elyse Hill, Doctoral
    • Adaptive control theory, aerospace systems, spacecraft
  • Faraz Ahmadpour, Doctoral (Part-Time)
    • Chemical formulations, alternative energy storage systems
  • Hung Yi (Steven) Chiang, Doctoral
    • Machine learning, chemical formulations
  • Kevin Dong, Doctoral (Part-Time)
    • Mechatronics, control and estimation theory
  • Richard Bustos, Doctoral
    • Estimation theory, modeling of electric vehicle batteries
  • Zhe Xu, Doctoral
    • Bio-inspired control theory, unmanned systems
  • Alex (Sasha) Moksyakov, Masters+AI
    • Machine learning, artificial intelligence
  • Andrew Newton, Masters
    • Robotics, aerospace systems, spacecraft, NASA sponsored
  • Brian Nguyen, Masters
    • Mechatronics, control systems, modeling
  • Cesar Wen Zhu, Masters+AI
    • Mobile robotics, agriculture, machine learning
  • Grant (Toby) Hall, Masters
    • Robotics, machine vision, fault detection
  • Joseph Lee, Masters+AI
    • Mobile robots, autonomous systems, agriculture
  • Mohammad Ali Lordifar, Masters
    • Machine learning, machine vision
  • Naseem Alsadi, Masters+AI
    • Machine learning, artificial intelligence
  • Onur Surucu, Masters+AI
    • Machine learning, artificial intelligence
  • Quade Butler, Masters
    • Nonlinear dynamics, condition monitoring
  • Tyler Jamieson, Masters
    • Autonomous vehicles
  • Waleed Hilal, Masters+AI
    • Machine learning, artificial intelligence
  • Yasser Al-Badrawi, Masters
    • Bioenergy and biofuels, mechatronics

Alumni Graduate Students

  • Freeman Mak, Masters (2019)
    • Deep learning, machine vision
  • Jacob Goodman, Doctoral (2019)
    • Robust estimation theory, tracking
    • John Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab (APL), Maryland
  • Insuck Baek, Doctoral (2019)
    • Machine vision, agricultural systems
    • USDA, Maryland
  • Stefano Rossi, Masters (2019)
    • Mechatronics, controls, engineering design
  • Bowen Xu, Masters (2019)
    • Control systems, mechatronics
  • Andrew Cataford, Masters (2018)
    • Robotics, tracking, estimation (NASA sponsored)
    • L3 Wescam, Ontario
  • Jinho Kim, Doctoral (2018))
    • Adaptive and intelligent control, nonlinear control theory, unmanned systems
    • US Military Academy, West Point, New York
  • Richard Bustos, Masters (2018)
    • Estimation theory, modeling of electric vehicle batteries
    • University of Guelph, Ontario
  • Jarod Horn, Masters (2018)
    • Additive manufacturing, robotics, prosthetics
    • Sisu Devices, Texas
  • Andrew Lee, Masters (2017)
    • Artificial neural networks, intelligent estimation theory, fault detection and diagnosis
    • University of Guelph, Ontario
  • Brian Schwarz, Masters (2017)
    • Mechatronics, control theory
    • BAE Systems, Maryland
  • Chris Gunther, Masters (2017)
    • Control systems, dynamic systems, engineering design and safety
    • NIST, Maryland & Washington DC
  • Kevin Chang, Masters (2017)
    • Robotics, additive manufacturing, engineering design
    • Meso Scale Diagnostics, Maryland
  • Kurtis Boulter, Masters (2017)
    • 3D modeling, spinal cord injury research
    • John Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab (APL), Maryland
  • Neal Smith, Masters (2017)
    • Mechatronics, control theory
    • Northrop Grumman, Maryland
  • Stephanie Bonadies, Masters (2016)
    • Unmanned ground vehicles, autonomous systems, crop contamination studies, environmental mapping, USDA sponsored
    • Northrop Grumman, Maryland
  • Tarush Lall, Masters (2016)
    • Cubesats, thermal control, NASA sponsored
    • National Student Clearinghouse, Virginia
  • Ross Kistler, Masters (2015)
    • Unmanned ground vehicles, crop contamination studies, environmental mapping, USDA sponsored
    • John Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab (APL), Maryland

Undergraduate Researchers

  • Emma Hoover (2020 & 2019)
  • Liam Easterbrook (2020 & 2019)
  • Andrew Newton (2019 & 2018)
  • Brian Nguyen (2019 & 2018)
  • Kye Morris-Takamoto (2019 & 2018)
  • Steven Yang (2019 & 2018)
  • Tony Habib (2019)
  • Owen Botelho (2018)
  • Vaishnavi Kotha (2018)
  • Justin Joseph (2017)
  • Elyse Hill (2017)
  • Matthew Riediger (2017)
  • Haniyah Saleh (2017)
  • Benjamin Cordell (2016)
  • Jennifer Coninglio (2016)
  • David Hanlon (2016)
  • Emily Duan (2016)
  • Hannah Corcos (2016)
  • Nathan¬†Niewoehner (2016)
  • Julianna Posey (2016)
  • Michael Roberts (2016)
  • Tess Wootton-Klebanoff (2016)
  • Stephen Zidek (2016)
  • Corey Ayres (2015)
  • Cory Nettleton (2015)
  • Myela Paige (2015)

Affiliated Members

  • Dr. Alan Lefcourt, Research Biomedical Engineer
    • Environmental Microbial and Food Safety Laboratory, US Department of Agriculture
  • Dr. Ed Habtour, Sensing and Prognostics Team Lead
    • Vehicle Technology Directorate, US Army Research Lab (view website)
  • Mr. Faraz Ahmadpour, VP R&D and Open Innovation
  • Dr. Jaret Riddick, Aerospace Engineer
    • Vehicle Technology Directorate, US Army Research Lab
  • Mr. John (Rusty) McKay, Section Head
    • Shellfish Monitoring Section, Maryland Department of the Environment
  • Dr. Kevin Turpie, Research Associate Professor
    • Sciences and Exploration Directorate, NASA Goddard (view website)
  • Dr. Mark Bundy, Senior Research Engineer
    • Vehicle Technology Directorate, US Army Research Lab
  • Dr. Mohammad Al-Shabi, Assistant Professor
    • Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Sharjah
  • Dr. Mohammad¬†Biglarbegian, Associate Professor
    • College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Guelph (view website)
  • Dr. Moon Kim, Research Physicist & Lead Scientist
    • Environmental Microbial and Food Safety Laboratory, US Department of Agriculture
  • Dr. Stephen A. Wilkerson, Professor
    • York College, Pennsylvania (formerly US Army Research Lab) (view website)