Shorya Awtar

University of Michigan

awtar@umich.edu

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Biography

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering – University of Michigan
Technical Founder – FlexDex Surgical

Shorya Awtar's research interests include mechanical design, human-centric design, mechatronic systems, and robotics. He has developed affordable medical devices for minimally invasive surgery, precision motion stages for semiconductor metrology, motion sickness mitigation solutions for autonomous vehicles, and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) actuators. Prior to joining UofM, he worked at the General Electric Global Research Center and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Prof. Awtar earned his Mechanical Engineering degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed conferences and journal articles and has three dozen inventions that are either patented or patent-pending. Prof. Awtar has started two companies to commercialize the technologies developed in his research lab. He has received the Leonardo daVinci Award and Thomas A. Edison Patent Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Goel Award for Translational Research from the American Society of Biomechanics, multiple R&D100 Awards, and several Best Paper awards for his research, innovations, technology transfer, and societal impact. Prof. Awtar is a Fellow of the ASME. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses as well as professional tutorials in machine design, mechanism design, and mechatronic systems. He has also worked with the Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum to create educational exhibits for K-12 children.

Their Research

Motion Sickness Alleviation via Anticipatory Control of Active Seats in Autonomous Vehicles
Principal Investigator:
Shorya Awtar
Research Thrusts: Human Factors