Team and Resumes

Current Team Members

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Dr. C. Nataraj

Project Director

Dr. C. Nataraj is the Mrs. and Mr. Moritz Sr. Endowed Chair Professorship at Villanova University. For over 28 years, Nat has designed and taught 22 undergraduate and graduate courses. He founded, and was the first Director of Center for Nonlinear Dynamics & Control, an interdisciplinary research center at Villanova University. Nat has over 34 years of research experience in a variety of areas in dynamic systems and control including unmanned surface vehicles and has published about 200 publications. Nat has mentored and directed the Villanova Roboboat team over the last seven years.

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Dr. C. Nataraj

Dr. C. Nataraj

Project Director

Akash Gvalani

Robotic Control Engineer
agvalani@villanova.edu

Akash Gvalani is a first year Computer Engineering graduate student concentrating on studying Wireless and Network Security.He received his BS in Computer Engineering from Mumbai University and has experience in various domains in the field of IT and Software.He has also worked for an IT MNC before coming to Villanova for approximately two years. He is primarily responsible for path planning, using a heuristic based approach for deciding the motion of the boat to avoid all kinds of obstacles.

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Akash Gvalani

Akash Gvalani

Robotic Control Engineer

Anthony Marone

Aquatic Mechanical Engineer/ WebMaster
amarone1@villanova.edu

Anthony is from Frackville, PA, and is pursuing his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Dynamic Systems and minor in Mathematics.  His roles on the project will be to co-lead mechanical assembly of the boat, coordinate field testing, and to keep sponsors updated with regular blogging and website management.

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Anthony Marone

Anthony Marone

Aquatic Mechanical Engineer/ WebMaster

Daniel Cordero

Robotic Control Engineer
dcorder1@villanova.edu
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Daniel Cordero

Daniel Cordero

Robotic Control Engineer

Dhanraj Akula

Robotic Control Engineer
dakula1@villanova.edu

Dhanraj is an Electrical Engineer with specialization in System Dynamics and Controls at Villanova University. His area of interest includes System Identification and Designing controllers for various systems. In this project he will be taking up the task of sensing the IMU data to estimate the pose of the vehicle in operation.

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Dhanraj Akula

Dhanraj Akula

Robotic Control Engineer

Enmanuel Almonte

Robotic Control Engineer
ealmonte@villanova.edu

Enmanuel is from Connecticut (originally from the Dominican Republic) and has always been fascinated by robotics. On campus he has been involved with Service Learning, tutoring, cultural societies, and was the president of the IEEE chapter, amongst other things. Enmanuel's Senior Design Project focused on using Computer Vision to create an autonomous tracking drone. Enmanuel joined the Villanova RobotX team because he wants more hands-on experience before his Fulbright Research Fellowship on service robotics in Chile next year. Enmanuel will be the team lead for Vision and will focus on the development and integration of the camera, LiDAR, and corresponding algorithms.

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Enmanuel Almonte

Enmanuel Almonte

Robotic Control Engineer

Ian Stankosh

Aquatic Mechanical Engineer
istankos@villanova.edu

Ian is a senior Mechanical Engineering student from Somerset, NJ. His roles in this project are co-leading the mechanical design and assembly of the boat, field testing, and designing and implementing the boat's vision system.

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Ian Stankosh

Ian Stankosh

Aquatic Mechanical Engineer

Karthik Polisetty

Communications Engineer
kpoliset@villanova.edu

Karthik Polisetty is pursuing his Masters in Computer Science. He recieved his  bachelors degree in Electronics and Communications from Vignan University, India.He also has two years of experience working in the IT Field back in India. In this project, he is working on Machine Communications, Breakout Board, A-D and D-A cables and the installation of antennas.

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Karthik Polisetty

Karthik Polisetty

Communications Engineer

Mary Spillane

Aquatic Mechanical Engineer
mspilla3@villanova.edu

Mary Spillane is studying mechanical engineering and pursuing an engineering entrepreneurship minor. She is entering her third undergraduate year at Villanova Univeristy. She was born in Yue Yang, China but was raised in Connecticut. This is her first experience with Robotx and she is working on SolidWorks modeling, design and implementation of the "Detect and Deliver" mechanism, field testing, and media presentations.

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Mary Spillane

Mary Spillane

Aquatic Mechanical Engineer

Renuka Lakshmi Nagalla

Computer Scientist
rnagalla@villanova.edu

Renuka is  pursuing her Masters in Computer Science and has received an undergraduate degree in the field of electronics. She will be working on antennas and software developing.

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Renuka Lakshmi Nagalla

Renuka Lakshmi Nagalla

Computer Scientist

Sohini Kethireddy

Computer Scientist / Project Manager
skethire@villanova.edu

Sohini Kethireddy is a student at Villanova currently pursuing her Masters in Computer Sciences. Prior to this she has worked as a software developer in SAS. She joined RobotX because it provides a great platform for her to put forth  her skills and thoughts. She will be working as our project manager and will also work on our website and poster.

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Sohini Kethireddy

Sohini Kethireddy

Computer Scientist / Project Manager

Thaddeus Cullina

Aquatic Mechanical Engineer
tcullin2@villanova.edu

From Trumbull, Connecticut, Thaddeus comes to Villanova to work on designing and implementing the ball mechanism to complete the new “Detect and Deliver” task. He will also be a member of the field testing team and work on constructing a new nodding gimbal.

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Thaddeus Cullina

Thaddeus Cullina

Aquatic Mechanical Engineer

Todd Levari

Senior Mechanical Engineer
tlevar01@villanova.edu

Todd Levari graduated from Drexel University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. He then recieved his Masters degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering as well as Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University. His responsibilities in this project include structural stability, mechanics, and wiring.

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Todd Levari

Todd Levari

Senior Mechanical Engineer

Wesley Blummer

Senior Control Engineer
wesley.blummer@brooksinstrument.com

Wesley Blummer received his BS in Mechanical engineering in 2014 from Villanova University then began working at Brooks Instrument in systems automation.  He is currently working and pursuing a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova.  His role is focused on the development and implementation of a SLAM algorithm for the RobotX competition.

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Wesley Blummer

Wesley Blummer

Senior Control Engineer

Winston Gresov

Chief Engineer / Team Leader
wgresov@verizon.net

Winston Gresov is a Villanova University Engineering Ph.D. student and the team leader of the

VU portion of the partnership. He holds an A.B. degree in Economics from Haverford College and

associates degrees in Electronics Technology, Computer Programming and Computer Science

from Delaware County Community College. Before entering the Villanova doctoral program, he

spent 30 years as an independent consultant developing software, primarily database oriented for

financial applications.

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Winston Gresov

Winston Gresov

Chief Engineer / Team Leader

Past Team Members

Christopher Hsu

Manufacturing Engineer
chsu@villanova.edu

Christopher  is a rising junior at Villanova University College of Engineering pursuing an Mechanical Engineering Major with  Business Minor.  His interests include design and controls with an aspiration to one day work in the private defense industry.  This year, Christopher is tasked with the redesign of the SeaCat boat as well as assistance in the system integration.

<a href="http://novaseacats.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Chris-Hsu.pdf">Resume</a>

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Christopher Hsu

Christopher Hsu

Manufacturing Engineer

Samantha Tropeano

Acoustics Engineer
stropean@villanova.edu

Samantha Tropeano is a rising junior in the Villanova University College of Engineering pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in dynamic systems, as well as a Mechatronics minor. Her interests are in design and controls systems and her professional aspiration is to work in the amusement industry, designing and constructing roller coasters and other amusement rides. In this year’s project Samantha has been tasked with researching and integrating the boat’s acoustic technology.

<a href="http://novaseacats.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Sam-Tropeano2.pdf">Resume</a>

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Samantha Tropeano

Samantha Tropeano

Acoustics Engineer

Michael Trigo

Thermal Engineer / Webmaster
mtrigo@villanova.edu

Michael is currently a rising senior Mechanical Engineering Major at Villanova University with a concentration in Dynamics Systems and minors in Mathematics and Mechatronics.  His future goals include gaining a masters degree to further his education, grow professionally with his knowledge of engineering and the industry, and to continue to pursue the discipline.  Michael's involvement includes systems integration and research on heat dissipation to apply to the hardware/software integration.

<a href="http://novaseacats.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Michael-Trigo_Resume.pdf">Resume</a>

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Michael Trigo

Michael Trigo

Thermal Engineer / Webmaster

Scott Leighow

Manufacturing Engineer
sleighow@villanova.edu

Scott is currently a rising junior at Villanova University pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering with minors in bioengineering and mathematics.  In the future he hopes to attend graduate school to study biomedical engineering.  As a member of the RoboBoat team, Scott has been working on designing additional features to augment the current vehicle design.

<a href="http://novaseacats.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Scott-Leighow.pdf">Resume</a>

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Scott Leighow

Scott Leighow

Manufacturing Engineer

Adam DeAngelo

Mechanical Systems Engineer
adeange1@villanova.edu

Adam DeAngelo is a Mechanical Engineering Major at Villanova University with a concentration in Dynamic Systems. He is a rising senior and also holds minors in Mechatronics and Business. After obtaining a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Adam is interested in pursuing a career in advanced weapons systems and robotics.

<a href="http://novaseacats.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Adam_DeAngeloResume.pdf">Resume</a>

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Adam DeAngelo

Adam DeAngelo

Mechanical Systems Engineer

Anderson Lebbad

Project Lead / Vision Lead

Anderson Lebbad is a graduate research assistant for Villanova University. He is currently studying Mechanical Engineering, and has a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University as well as a minor in Mechatronics. His research is focused on image based navigation systems for autonomous surface vehicles, and systems integration.

<a href="http://novaseacats.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Anderson-Lebbad.pdf">Resume</a>

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Anderson Lebbad

Anderson Lebbad

Project Lead / Vision Lead

Chida Matada

Senior Electrical Engineer

Chida is an Electrical Engineering graduate student specializing in System Dynamics and Controls at Villanova University. He has 2 years of Industry experience involving automotive engine management software development at Robert Bosch India. He is highly interested in embedded systems, mobile robotics and control systems.  On RobotX, Chida is responsible for IMU integration and navigation algorithms.

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Chida Matada

Chida Matada

Senior Electrical Engineer

John W Anderson

Lidar Lead

John Wesley Anderson is a current MS student at Villanova University. He also attended Villanova University for his undergraduate degree. Throughout his time at Villanova, Wesley has displayed an interest for robotics and other similar systems. He has much experience working with control systems and sensors. His senior design project at Villanova was working on a low cost robot that would be used to help remove unexploded ordnances in third world countries such as Cambodia. Wesley also played rugby for Villanova University.

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John W Anderson

John W Anderson

Lidar Lead

Edward Zhu

Roboboat Lead

Edward Zhu is a Junior mechanical engineering major concentrating in dynamic systems and control, with a minor in Mechatronics. This is his second year on Villanova University's Autonomous Surface Vehicle team and he is excited to assume the role of RoboBoat team leader for the 2014 RoboBoat Competition. When not in the lab, he spends much of his time as technical director producing shows for the organization Villanova Student Musical Theater.

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Edward Zhu

Edward Zhu

Roboboat Lead

Dylan DeGaetano

Roboboat Assistant Lead

Dylan DeGaetano is a Junior Mechanical Engineering Student with a minor in Mechatronics. When not working on this project, Dylan enjoys singing, acting in various theater productions, and playing his drums. He is excited to be taking a leadership position on this year's Roboboat team, as well as tackling the new challenge that the RobotX Competition will present.

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Dylan DeGaetano

Dylan DeGaetano

Roboboat Assistant Lead

Gin Cheng

System Integration Engineer/WebMaster

Gin Cheng is an undergraduate student at Villanova University, majoring in Computer Engineering and minoring in Computer Science and Engineering Entrepreneurship. He is  pursing the 5 year master’s program at Villanova in Cyber Security. He will be working on some control hardware aspects of the boat, but his primary focus is systems integration and communications, lidar-video processing,  and code optimization.

 

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Gin Cheng

Gin Cheng

System Integration Engineer/WebMaster

Michael Benson

Acoustics Engineer

Michael Benson is a junior at Villanova University pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Dynamic Systems and Control and a minor in Mechatronics.  His interests include robotics and audio engineering.  His involvement with the Roboboat project includes work on acoustic sensing, image processing, underwater light detection, LIDAR, and Simultaneous Localization and Mapping.

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Michael Benson

Michael Benson

Acoustics Engineer

Priya Shah

Project Manager

Priya Shah is a sophomore at Villanova University currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering with a Business Minor. She is the captain of Villanova’s competitive fusion dance team, Nova Nassa, public relations for the campus multicultural society, ambassador for prospective students, and coordinator for Villanova University’s Math Learning and Resource Center. Priya’s role as RobotX/Roboboat Project Manager consists of keeping track of progress being made both inside and outside of the lab. She helps organize team gatherings, makes sure tasks are done in time, and serves as a liaison between Villanova University and Florida Atlantic University.

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Priya Shah

Priya Shah

Project Manager

Gus Jenkins

Project Assistant Lead

Gus is a Junior Mechanical Engineering student and has worked on this project last year as well. His professional aspirations include obtaining a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering specializing in robotics. Gus is looking forward to working on projects that integrate multiple aspects of mechanical and electrical engineering. As part of the 2015 Roboboat team at Villanova, his main tasks consist of integrating controls and pursing control systems engineering.

<a href="http://novaseacats.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Gus-Jenkins.pdf">Resume</a>

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Gus Jenkins

Gus Jenkins

Project Assistant Lead

Dr. Helen Loeb

Hometown: Toulouse, France

Bio: Helen Loeb is a Research Fellow at Villanova University. She received a M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from ENSAE (Sup Aero), Toulouse, France and a Ph.D. in Control Engineering from University of Bordeaux, France. She previously built a USV for the Port of Bordeaux (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhavQ1XP4MU) and is interested in exploring the lidar possibilities as a detection system for a Collision Avoidance System. Helen worked for a few years industry where she developed graphic processing software in C++. She enjoys software development.

Hobbies: Piano, Swimming, Screaming at her kids

Research Interests: Dynamic Systems, Lidar, Nanotechnology, Solar cells

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Dr. Helen Loeb

Dr. Helen Loeb

Dr. DongBin Lee

Hometown:  Seoul, South Korea

Bio: Dr. DongBin Lee is a research fellow in the Dynamic Systems Lab in the Mechanical Engineering Department and CENDAC at Villanova University, who received a Ph.D degree, majoring in Robotics and Mechatronics, focusing on intelligent unmanned systems at Clemson University in SC, Ph.D coursework and M.S. in Robotics (formerly known as Control and Instrumentation Engineering), and B.S. in Electronics and Communications Engineering at KwangWoon University in Seoul at South Korea.

His research are mainly focused on two areas; Control and Autonomous unmanned systems, especially for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), unmanned autonomous surface vessels (ASV), unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV), Robotics, and automated manufacturing systems.

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Dr. DongBin Lee

Dr. DongBin Lee

Ralph Sullivan

Hometown: North Smithfield, Rhode Island

Bio: Ralph Sullivan is a research assistant and graduate student with Villanova University.  He is a recent graduate from Villanova University, with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering.  He attended the University of Rhode Island and also Villanova University for his Undergraduate Degree

Research Interests: Autonomous Vehicles and Robotics.

 

Hobbies: Watching and playing sports including soccer, basketball, and baseball.

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Ralph Sullivan

Ralph Sullivan

Shahriar A. Khan

Hometown: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bio: Shahriar Khan is an Graduate Research Assistant for Villanova University.  He is currently a graduate student in Electrical Engineering.  He has many likes, including the band Oasis, The first 3 American Pie Movies, and his favorite actress is Reese Witherspoon.  Shahriar, however, does not enjoy horror films because he believes the plots are all the same.

Hobbies: Playing Cricket, Watching TV and meeting new people from different cultures.

Research interest: RF and Microwave Devices

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Shahriar A. Khan

Shahriar A. Khan

Joseph Denny

Hometown:  Springfield PA

Bio: Junior Mechanical Engineer with Mechatronics Minor. Though fulfilling the title of Enginerd par- excelance, there is also a strong interest in music and theater at work.

Hobbies: Singing, acting, biking, and anything that moves

Research Interests: Dynamic systems and control structures

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Joseph Denny

Joseph Denny

Nick Dileo

Nick DiLeo received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University in May 2013 with a concentration in Dynamics and Control and is in the M.S. program.  He was a member of Villanova's Roboboat team in 2011 and the team leader in 2012.  Recently, Nick has been involved on a team that is part of DARPA's Robotic Challenge at Lockheed Martin. Nick's main role for the RobotX competition will be developing and implementing an algorithm for Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM).  The end result of this work will give the surface vehicle estimates of the position of important landmarks as well as the position of the vehicle itself.

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Nick Dileo

Nick Dileo

Lester McMackin

Hometown: Ocean Springs MS

Research Interests: Autonomous vehicles, robotics

Hobbies: Crew, Outdoor activities, music

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Lester McMackin

Lester McMackin

Ryan Holihan

Hometown: Allentown, PA

Bio: Ryan Holihan is a senior at Villanova University, he is studying Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Mechetronics.

Research Interests: Mechetronics, robotics

Hobbies: Sailing, rowing, electrical/computer projects

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Ryan Holihan

Ryan Holihan

Mike Weber

Hometown: Glen Cove, NY

Bio: Mike is a Senior Computer Engineering major at Villanova with a Computer Science and Business minor. His interest is in the aerospace and defense industry.
Hobbies: Playing golf, video gaming, reading, watching football

Research Interests: Signal Processing, Software Design

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Mike Weber

Mike Weber