Faculty Profile

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Kazem Kazerounian

Professor and Dean of the School of Engineering
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 1984

Campus Location: F. L. Castleman Building Rm. 338

Tel: (860) 486-2221
Fax: (860) 486-0318

Short Bio:

Dr. Kazerounian joined the Mechanical Engineering Department in 1984 after receiving his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1980, 1981 and 1984, respectively. Dr. Kazerounians expertise is in analytical and computational kinematics and dynamics applied in diverse application fields, such as protein based nano-scale mechanical devices, optimization of mechanisms and gear systems, robotics, and human motion analysis. His current active research projects include:

  • Analysis and design of protein molecules and the study of their folding pathway as a basis for bio-nano machines,
  • Dynamics and design of gear systems,
  • Product design with focus on health and ergonomic aspects of the products,
  • Robotic manipulation,
  • Creativity in engineering education.

He is a consultant on the design of consumer products to OSIM International in Singapore, a consultant on gear systems dynamics to Pratt & Whitney and a consultant on ultra-precision, high-speed automation systems to the Singapore Productivity and Standards Board.

Professor Kazerounian has served on the editorial board of ASME Applied Mechanics Review and ASME Journal of Medical Devices and has been Associate Editor of both the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design and the Journal of Mechanisms and Machine Theory. He is a Fellow of ASME and is the recipient of the ASME Design Division Mechanisms and Robotics award (a life time achievement award) in recognition of Cumulative Contributions to the Field of Mechanisms Design and Theory in 2006, the George Wood award in recognition of Significant Contributions to the Field of Mechanisms and Robotics in 1997, and the ABB Outstanding Faculty Award in 1997.

Keywords: analytical kinematics, Biomedical Related Applications, computational kinematics, Computational Shape Modeling,Design and Optimization, Current, design, design optimization, gear systems, machine systems, Nano-bio mechanical systems