Associate Professor, Robert C. Womack Chair
Department of Mechanical Engineering
BSME, Univ. of Craiova, Romania, 1987; MSME, Univ. of Craiova, Romania, 1988; Ph.D., SMU, 1998
Advanced dynamics and control;Image guided and haptic assisted robotic systems, and applications of robotics in minimally invasive and natural orifice surgery;
Ultrasound applications in bone quality assessment and supra resolution imaging
Research Accomplishments and Activities
Developed novel 3D optical imaging instrumentation for cancer research based on bioluminescence and fluorescence; Developed ultrasound based clinical instruments for bone quality assessment; Author and co-author of more than 40 scientific papers, two books and two book chapters; Author and co-author of two US and international patents; Research funded by DOD and various industrial partners; Faculty appointments at University of Texas and University of Craiova; Frederick E. Terman Award in Mechanical Engineering
Although the truth is immutable, my knowledge about what is true can and will change. Therefore in my research I am open to different perspectives, methodologies, and ways of thinking in order to advance my understanding of the subject I study. Research work must be based on knowledge and experience beyond the scope of a single discipline, on quality experimental data, thorough analysis, and properly reasoned interpretation. An important issue is the relevance of the research work within as well as outside of the academic community. Every researcher's goal should be to make a difference in people's lives.