• Research


    Autonomous mobile robots with symbiosis of mobility and manipulation and modular and reconfigurable mobile robotics for search and rescue and hazardous environment sensing and monitoring
    Design of intelligent biomimetic robotic tails for robust dynamic stabilization and agile maneuvering of mobile robots on rough terrain
    Autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) launch and recovery from naval vessels, and wireless telemetry systems for remote sensing and monitoring in naval applications
    Development and testing of co-operative scalable field robots for casualty extraction and evacuation in hazardous environments (e.g., disaster response; the aftermath of a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) event)
    Haptics devices and upper-extremity exoskeletons for robot control and rehabilitation therapy
    Novel sensors and actuators for biomedical applications
    Advanced medical devices and robotic systems for precision surgery
  • Publications


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  • Professional History


    2015–Present, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
    2014–2015, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, George Washington University
    2008–2014, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, George Washington University
    2008–Present, Founder and Director, Robotics and Mechatronics Lab (RML)
    2006–2008, Lecturer, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto
    2006–2008, Consultant, Mobile Robots Division, Engineering Services Inc., Toronto, Canada
    2002–2008, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto
    2000–2002, R & D Mechanical Engineer, General Electric Medical Systems
    1998–2000, Research Assistant, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
    1993–1996, First Sergeant, Israeli Air Force Academy

  • Awards and Honors


    2013, IJCAS Academic Activity Award
    2013, GW SEAS Outstanding Young Researcher Award
    2013, GW SEAS Outstanding Young Teacher Award
    2012, IEEE Senior Member
    2011, COMSOL Best Paper Award
    2009, Pi Tau Sigma Faculty Honorary Membership
    2009, Feature Journal Publication, Sensors & Transducers Journal
    2008, Robotdalen Scientific Award, Honorable Mention, Eskilstuna, Sweden
    2008, Governor General’s Gold Medal Award of Canada – Finalist
    2007, Best Student Paper Award, IEEE ROSE
    2002–2008, University of Toronto Open Fellowship
    2000, Summa Cum Laude, B. Sc. in Mechanical Engineering
    1998–2000, President’s Honors List Award, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
    1996–1998, Dean’s Honors List Award, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
    1998, Award of Outstanding Academic Achievements, Ministry of Education, Israel

Education

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto, 2008
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto, 2004
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, 2000

(540) 231-6938
465 Goodwin Hall – 0238
635 Prices Fork Road
Blacksburg, VA 24061
bentzvi@vt.edu

Laboratory —  Robotics & Mechatronics Lab

Pinhas Ben-Tzvi

Associate Professor