Faculty

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PhD.
Professor
Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

co-PI - Nuclear Robotics Group (nuclear), Texas Atomic Energy Research Foundation Professorship, Mechanical Engineering

Mitch Pryor
PhD.
Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

PI - Dr. Pryor is a Research Scientist and Lecturer for the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.

Graduate Student

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Graduate Student

Adam Allevato joined the NRG in Fall 2014 after graduating with his Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Colorado State University. His research focuses on processing 3D point cloud data and using it to perform a variety of remote manipulation tasks.

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Graduate Student

Blake Anderson completed his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at Texas Tech. Before joined the NRG team in January 2013 he worked at Nuclear Logistics in Ft. Worth. His research will focus on the autonomous capabilities with an emphasis on system design and task completion for mobile manipulators working in hazardous environments.

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Graduate Student

Cheryl's reserach focuses on the fundamentals of automating the grasping process for a manipulator. The goal is to not only find a valid grasp but a large set of valid grasps that can then be used by the controller to identify grasp configurations that are compatible with the task at hand.

Graduate Student
Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

Nick Hashem completed his Bachelor’s degree in Physics at the University of Texas at Austin. Nick joined the NRG in the Summer of 2016. His research will focus on investigating the principles of neutron radiography and robotic systems for use in non-destructive testing applications. This will also include examining methods to determine radiographic image quality.

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Graduate Student
Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

Matthew Horn received a Mechanical Engineering degree Cum Laude from Rice University. Matt joined the NRG in early July 2014. His current research involves grasping planning in hazardous environments/ with hazardous materials and supporting several other projects that involve object manipulation or contact tasks.

Graduate Student
Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

Conor McMahon finished his bachelor's in mechanical engineering in Spring 2016, and joined the NRG the following fall. His research will focus on closing the control loop for a robot navigating in a particular hazardous environment.

Graduate Student
Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
Graduate Student
Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

Christina Petlowany graduated with an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University in 2016. She is interested in control systems and design for extreme environments. Her research will focus on the control plan for a robotic manipulator.

Meredith Pitsch
Graduate Student
Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

Meredith completed her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in the spring of 2015. She joined the NRG group in the summer of 2015 to lead a research project with a team of undergradutes. Her ongoing research involves task planning and execution for autonomous mobile systems in hazardous environments.

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Graduate Student

Andrew Sharp completed undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology in the spring of 2013 and became part of the the NRG team in the fall of 2013. His research focuses on object recognition, grasping, and transport for a mobile manipulator system for use in hazardous enviornments. The goal is to create a system which can travel from a starting location to a range of other locations to survey the locations of objects and/or retrieve them using a mobile manipulator system with multiple vision and positioning sensors.

Graduate Student
Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

Alumni

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John Elson worked at NRG while an undergraduate student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  He worked on optimizing object recognition software by collecting data with different sensors, and comparing the sensors' relative recognition abilities.

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Alex supported Dr. Pryor and graduate students in the development of robotic arms and their associated software to be used in the manipulation of nuclear materials inside a glove box. She worked with the then new Microsoft Kinect, designing and conducting tests to determine the accuracy of the device as a cost-effective sensor to locate and potentially identify objects within the constraints of the glovebox containing nuclear materials. Alex currently works in the Washington DC area.

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PhD.
Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

Joseph's current research is on the design and operation of dynamically-deployed robotic systems for use in confined, hazardous environments. His PhD, completed in 2015, focused on performing neutron radiography using robots for part manipulation.

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Undergraduate Student

Thomas Lu joined NRG in Fall 2014 as an undergraduate student at the University of Texas. He assisted in research focusing on 3D point cloud data processing. He enjoys listening to classical music and browsing StackExchange.

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PhD.
Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

Brian completed his PhD in February 2013 titled, "Object recognition and pose estimation for nuclear manipulation in nuclear materials handling applications," in which he developed a new cylindrical histogram method using 3D point clouds to recognize and locate specularly reflective objects in a specularly reflective environment (i.e. shiny metal objects in a metal glovebox). Brian continued at U.T. Austin as post doctorate until he accepted a position at LANL in August, 2013.  

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M.S.
Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

Clinton Peterson joined the Nuclear Robotics Group in Fall 2013 after receiving a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas. As an undergraduate he worked as a research assistant at the Nuclear Engineering Teaching Laboratory. His work consisted of fabricating a material reduction device for the disassembly of used plutonium pits. In 2015, Clinton received his Masters degree and became a full-time employee at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He enjoys bass guitar, weight lifting, and burritos.

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PhD.
Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

Kyle Schroeder completed his PhD in July, 2013 with his dissertation entitled "Requirements for effective collision detection on industrial serial manipulators." After working for 2 years as a full-time student affiliate at LANL, he moved to Arizona where he is studying volitional control and feedback of robotic prosthetic devices as a post doctoral research candidate in the Human Machine Integration Laboratory at Arizona State University.  He is also researching and developing powered prosthetic ankles at SpringActive (www

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M.S.
Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

Jack's research focused on redesigning the human-robot interface to facilitate intuitive teleoperation of an anthropomorphic dual arm robot. In 2014, Jack received his Masters degree from NRG. He is now a PhD student at UT Austin, studying under Dr. Maruthi Akella.

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M.S.
Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

Alex von Sternberg graduated from The University of Texas in 2012 with his Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He then went to work at Johnson Space Center for L-3 Communications where he wrote C++ simulation models of systems on the International Space Station. He joined NRG in the Fall of 2014, where he researches compliant control of industrial robots. Alex Completed his Masters in May, 2016 and accepted a full-time position at Los Alamos National Labs

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PhD.
Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering

Josh Williams completed his PhD in July, 2013 titled, "Automated conceptual design of manufacturing workcells in radioactive environments" in which he developed an automated interdisciplinary design tool used to design and configure manufacturing and processing stations for handling Plutonium and other special nuclear materials more safely.  He has been working as a full-time student affililate since May, 2011 and accepted a full-time research position upon completion of dissertation at Los Alamos in the Manufacturing Engineering Technologies Group (MET). 

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Nathan is a sophomore year in mechanical engineering here at UT. He participated in his high school's FIRST Robotics team where I was the lead programer for two seasons. In the NRG, Nathan has taken the lead in developing 3D point cloud vision techniques for scanning a room in order to determine if items were added or removed from a storage facility.

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Tiffany Yang worked with the lab while she was a sophomore in Mechanical Engineering. She worked with object recognition software to collect a database of 3D point cloud images and using it to train sensors to identify those objects in an effort to make robots more autonomous.