Damoon Soudbakhsh

Damoon Soudbakhsh is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Temple University. He is also a Research Affiliate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has worked both in industry and academia and developed resilient and energy efficient transportation systems. He earned his PhD from The George Washington University, Washington DC in Transportation Safety. For his PhD, he worked on the development of several advanced control techniques for active safety vehicle systems including a steering-control collision avoidance system, and an intelligent speed adaptation system.

He was a member of Active Adaptive Controls Laboratory at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for four years. As a research scientist at MIT, he introduced algorithms for co-design of Cyber-Physical Systems with examples in variety of applications from automotive to power systems. In addition, he developed adaptive algorithms for fault detection and health monitoring of jet engine components.

Damoon Soudbakhsh is a recipient of Khwarizmi Young Award and Dwight Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Award. He is an author of Handbook of Intelligent Vehicles and Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences. He was the Programs Chair of ASME-Boston section from 2015 to 2017.

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Graduate Students:

Renato J. Rodriguez Nunez

Renato is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in the field of Mechanical Engineering at Temple University, Philadelphia PA. He completed his BoS degree in Mechanical Engineering at George Mason University. Renato’s research interest includes Control of Linear and Nonlinear dynamical systems, Model-based and Model-free optimization, Data-Driven modeling and Model-Reduction of complex high-dimensional systems with unknown dynamics. He completed an internship at Ford Motor Company’s R&AE division, where he led the research efforts on an on-going project involving optimal control of a complex nonlinear MIMO system via model-free optimization. He is a Research and Teaching Assistant for the Dynamical Systems Laboratory, at Temple University. Renato’s Ph.D. aims to develop more powerful Data-Driven modeling techniques that can outperform and exceed the limitations of current methods.


Omidreza Ahmadzadeh

Omidreza is currently pursuing his PhD in the College of Engineering at Temple University. He completed his BSc and MSc in Mechanical Engineering at Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic). Omidreza’s research interest include Linear and Nonlinear Dynamics and Control, Cyber-Physical Systems, Autonomous and Semi-autonomous Systems, Mechanical Vibration, Robotics and Piezoelectric Actuators. His MSc thesis dealt with Dynamic and Control Analysis of planar Microrobot with Piezoelectric Actuators. For his BSc, he analyzed frequency response of bending piezoelectric actuators for mass detection. He was a Teaching Assistant for Strength of Materials, Mechanical Vibration and Strength of Materials Laboratory, and a Research Assistant at Core of Intelligent Systems in Amirkabir Uiversity of Technology.The aim of Omidreza’s PhD research is to optimize RRT (Rapidly Exploring Random Trees) method for nonholonomic motion generation by combination of Control, Computer Science and Mathematics.


Mohsen Derakhshan

Mohsen received his B.S. and M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology, and  Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, Iran, respectively. He passed a visiting period at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a research scholar from 2017 to 2018. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering at Temple University, working on Lithium-Ion Batteries Modeling. His B.S. project was on “Energy Management in Shahid Salimi Neka Power Plant” and he worked on ‘Optimal control power-torque distribution in a hybrid vehicle with a parallel configuration’’ as his M.S. thesis. His research interests are focused linear and non-linear dynamics and control, hybrid-electric vehicle, optimization and modeling.

He enjoys spending time with his wife and playing basketball, fishing and hiking in his free time.


Andrew Stacy

Andrew Stacy earned his B.S in Health Physics from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and is currently a graduate student at Temple University Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is studying the effects of mechanical damage on the electrical response of Li-on pouch cells. Andrew joined the Dynamic Systems Lab in the summer of 2019. During his time with the Dynamic Systems Lab he has developed test equipment, procedures, and data analysis tools.

His hobbies include; basketball, golf, 3D modeling, and strategic games.




Undergraduate Students:

Stefanie Beard

Stefanie is a senior mechanical engineering student at Temple University. Her research focuses on designing AI 1/10 scale cars using LIDAR and sensors to simulate cars parallel parking in order to increase the efficiency of parking garages in cities. In addition to research, she plays the piccolo in the Temple University Diamond Marching Band, is a TA for CAD and Fluids Lab, and acts as recording secretary for both Sigma Alpha Iota Delta Mu and Pi Tau Sigma Beta Alpha.





Austin Cook

Austin is a senior mechanical engineering student at Temple University. Austin’s past experience includes designing and building a miniature forklift and project management internship, where he helped design the piping for a pH neutralization system. Austin’s interests include cars, surfing, playing softball, golfing, and traveling.





Katie Martin

Katie is a senior mechanical engineering student at Temple University. Her research focuses on the design of a A.I. 1:10 scale car-like robot incorporating the use of LIDAR, cameras, and ultrasonic sensors to simulate the non-holonomic motion of cars to increase the efficiency of parking infrastructures. In addition to her research, Katie is the president for the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, the membership chair for the Society of Women Engineers, and an Owl Ambassador for the College of Engineering. In her free time she likes to take her dogs on long walks.




Nick Mecca

Nick is a senior Electrical Engineering student at Temple University. Nick is focusing on the hardware and electrical systems that are integrated in the AI 1/10 scale cars. He is experienced in hardware, software, signal processing, and network architecture. Nick had three internships in the Defense and Information Technology industry, as well as research experience with two published papers in medical signal processing for electroencephalograms and digital pathology. In his free time, Nick likes to hike, ski, and golf.



Alex Wroblewski

Alex is a senior Electrical and Computer Engineering student at Temple University. As part of the Senior Design team increasing the efficiency of parking garages, Alex focuses on designing the software and systems architecture that drives the reproducible platform. After two Co-Ops as a firmware developer with Lutron Electronics, he will be joining the company full-time after he graduates. While at school, Alex provides IT support for university students and faculty at the Help Desk. In his free time, he loves to go hiking and spend time outdoors.




Past Members:

Taeyoung Choi

Taeyoung received his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at Ajou University. He has interests in mechanical engineering especially in automotive, aircraft, and robotics. In addition, battery is one of his new interests promising energy storage solution for transportation. He was part of the team that won Silver award at Baja KSAE 2014. His experience in aircraft comes from military service as a helicopter mechanic in Republic of Korea Navy. His hobbies are traveling, playing soccer, and reading books.