• Research

    Control Theory and Robotics
    Autonomous Ground, Aerial, Surface, and Underwater Vehicles
    Rehabilitation Robotics, Brain Computer Interfaces, and Sensory-Motor Neuroprosthesis

  • Publications


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  • Professional History


    2014-Present, Program Director, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA
    2011-Present, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
    2010-Present, Primary Faculty Member, School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, Virginia Tech
    2007-2011, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
    2009, Visiting Scientist, NATO Undersea Research Center, La Spezia, Italy
    2003-2007, Assistant Professor, Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering, University of Central Florida
    2000-2003, Assistant Professor, Department of Ocean Engineering, Florida Atlantic University
    1995-1999, Research Assistant, School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
    1995-1996, Maintenance Supervisor Engineer, Alitalia Airlines, Rome, Italy
    1993-1994, Italian Navy – Coast Guard, Italy
  • Awards and Honors


    2013 – Dean’s Award for Outreach
    2013 – Excellence in Access and Inclusion Award, Office of Services for Students with Disabilities
    2011 – Dean’s Award, Outstanding New Assistant Professor
    2006 – Pi Tau Sigma, Advisor of the Year
    2005 – Golden Apple Academic Inspiration Award
    2005 – Pi Tau Sigma, Advisor of the Year
    2002 – Researcher of the Year Award, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
    1998 – Student Best Paper Award Finalist, IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Tampa, FL
    1995 – Best Paper of Session Award, American Control Conference, Albuquerque, NM
    1993 – Best Dissertation Award, “La Sapienza” University, Rome, Italy

Education

Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Tech, 1999
M.S., Applied Mathematics, Georgia Tech, 1999
M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Tech, 1997
B.S., Aeronautical Engineering, University of Rome “La Sapienza,” 1993

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Blacksburg, VA 24061
leonessa@vt.edu

Alexander Leonessa

Associate Professor