Professor Vijay Kumar
Vijay Kumar received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University in 1985 and 1987 respectively. He has been on the Faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics with a secondary appointment in the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania since 1987. He is currently the UPS Foundation Professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Dr. Kumar's research interests lie in the area of robotics and networked multi-agent systems. He directs the GRASP Laboratory, a multidisciplinary robotics and perception laboratory and is also a co-founder of Bio Software Systems, a start-up company in Camden commercializing novel software tools for the analysis of regulatory networks.
Dr. Kumar is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a Senior Member of the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and Robotics International, Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He has served on the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, Editorial Board of the Journal of Franklin Institute and the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design. He is the recipient of the 1991 National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator award, the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, the 1997 Freudenstein Award for significant accomplishments in mechanisms and robotics and the 2004 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation Kawamori Best Paper Award. He served as the Deputy Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science from 2000-2004.
Jonathan Fiene received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2001 and his Masters and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2003 and 2007. He is currently a lecturer and the director for undergraduate laboratory programs in the Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics department at the University of Pennsylvania, where he specializes in mechanical design, fabrication, robotics, and mechatronics.
Rebecca Stein received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University in 2007 and her Masters in Technology Management in 2010. Her background and work experience is in K-12 engineering education initiatives. Rebecca has spent the past 5 years involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) high school programs at Villanova University and The School District of Philadelphia. Additionally, she has helped coordinate numerous robotics competitions such as BEST Robotics, FIRST LEGO League and Sea Perch. She is now working at the University of Pennsylvania as the Associate Director of Research and Educational Outreach in the School of Engineering and Applied Science.