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Gupta, S.K.

Gupta, S.K.

Smith International Professor
Director, Center for Advanced Manufacturing
Viterbi School of Engineering
University of Southern California
Mechanical Engineering


Dr. Satyandra K. Gupta is currently the Smith International Professor in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and the Director, Center for Advanced Manufacturing in the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California.

For many years he was a joint faculty member of the University of Maryland's Department of Mechancal Engineering and Institute for Systems Research. He was the founding  director of the Maryland Robotics Center. Prior to joining the University of Maryland, he was a Research Scientist in the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

Gupta received a Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Roorkee (presently known as the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee) in 1988. He received a Gold Medal for securing the first rank in his B.E. class (1988) and a Gold Medal for the best Engineering Design Project (1988). He received a Master of Technology (M. Tech.) in Production Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 1989. He received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1994. During his Ph.D. study, he was awarded a Graduate School Fellowship and an Institute for Systems Research Graduate Fellowship. For his highly inter-disciplinary Ph.D. research, he received Institute for Systems Research’s George Harhalakis Outstanding Systems Engineering Graduate Student Award (1994).

Dr. Gupta's current research interests are in the areas of Computer Aided Design, Manufacturing Automation, and Robotics. He is mainly interested in the following three computational problems arising in these areas: (1) shape analysis and feature extraction, (2) shape generation and synthesis, and (3) model simplification.  In past, he has worked on feature recognition, process planning, manufacturability analysis, shape Similarity assessment, path planning, assembly modeling, tooling design, reverse engineering, and accessibility analysis problems. He has experience in many different manufacturing domains including mechanical assembly, nano-manipulation, machining, micro fabrication, injection molding, multi-material molding, sheet metal bending, and solid freeform fabrication. He has authored or co-authored more than two hundred fifty articles in journals, conference proceedings, and book chapters. He has also delivered more than seventy five invited tutorials, seminars, and keynote lectures at conferences, workshops, government labs, and universities. He holds a US Patent titled Apparatus and Method for Multi-Purpose Setup Planning for Sheet Metal Bending Operations.

Dr. Gupta is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and a senior member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). He has served as the Chair of the Design for Manufacturing Technical Committee in the Design Division of ASME. He has organized several conference sessions in the area of computer-aided design and manufacturing. He has served as Program Co-Chair in 1998 ASME Design for Manufacturing Conference, Papers Chair in 1999 ASME Design for Manufacturing Conference, Exhibit Chair in 2000 ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences, Program Chair in 2002 ASME Design for Manufacturing Conference, and Conference Chair in 2003 ASME Design for Manufacturing Conference. He has served as a member on the Editorial Advisory Board for Assembly Automation and Computer Aided Design and Applications journals. He has also served as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, the ASME Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering, and SME Journal of Manufacturing Processes. He has also served on the Program Committees for Geometric Modeling and Processing Conference, Computer Aided Design Conference, Product Lifecycle Management Conference, CAD and Graphics Conference, IEEE International Symposium on Assembly and Manufacturing, IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering, and ACM Solid and Physical Modeling Conference.

Dr. Gupta has won many honors and awards for his research accomplishments. He has received five best paper awards, a Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research in 2000, a Robert W. Galvin Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 2001, a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation in 2001, the Outstanding Systems Engineering Faculty Award from the Institute for Systems Research in 2001, and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2001. He was a member of the team that won 2007 Invention of the Year Award in Physical Science category. He also holds a US Patent titled Apparatus and Method for Multi-Purpose Setup Planning for Sheet Metal Bending Operations.



Automation problems arising in computer aided design, manufacturing automation, and robotics. Current focus is on automated planning for human-robot collaborations in assembly tasks, autonomous unmanned vehicles, bio-inspired robots, and automated optical micro-manipulation.

Celebrating Two Decades of Partnership in Energy Education

Campus energy provider ENGIE concludes its 20th year of support for UMD engineering students.

Mechanical Engineering Celebrates Graduate Students’ Achievement

Annual awards ceremony recognizes outstanding graduate student achievements.

2019 Hulka/Wells Energy Fellowships Awarded

Projects include energy harvesting and clean energy fuel production

Feathers Not Included

Ph.D. student Lena Johnson is working on Robo Raven, a bird-inspired unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

Hahn Receives NSF CAREER Award

NSF awards Hahn funding to research “white-box” autonomy in medical systems.

Bergbreiter named director of Maryland Robotics Center

Microrobotics expert brings both research expertise and leadership accomplishments to position.

Li Awarded Society of Engineering Science Young Investigator Medal

Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Teng Li receives 2016 SES Young Investigator Medal.

Building a smarter industrial robot

RoboSAM can assess its situation and call a human for help before making a mess.

What an upgrade!

Robo Raven V has propellers, can carry more weight, and sports a grip-and-release claw. 

Alum Ashis Banerjee joining University of Washington faculty

The 2009 ME Ph.D. was advised by S.K. Gupta.

Alum Sagar Chowdhury wins ASME CIE Best Dissertation Award

“Planning for Automated Optical Micromanipulation of Biological Cells” describes optical tweezers research.

Dasgupta Receives 2015 USM Regents' Faculty Award

University System of Maryland recognizes mechanical engineering faculty for excellence in scholarship.

Dasgupta, Fourney and Hwang Named ASME Fellows

Three Mechanical Engineering faculty named American Society of Mechanical Engineers Fellows

Bio-inspired robots storm local library

UMD researchers demonstrated robots that can fly, swim, walk, and even climb stairs.

Greg Krummel wins Outstanding Research Award for Robo Crab

ME senior wins Engineering Honors Program Outstanding Research Award.

S.K. Gupta interviewed for robotics story in The Economist

Article makes the case that the advent of robotics is here.

Robo Raven appears on 60 Minutes

Segment explores the domestic use of micro air vehicles.

Robo Raven highlighted in children's magazine

Les Explorateurs features cartoon depiction of the MAV.

Gupta Awarded Honorary Doctorate from King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok

Her Royal Highness the Queen of Thailand to preside over ceremony.

Exaggerated gait allows limbless R2G2 robot to move quickly in confined spaces, rough terrain

See this robot in action at Maryland Robotics Day, October 25.

Robo Raven III harnesses solar power

Multifunctional wings will help robotic birds fly longer, farther and more independently.

Gupta Awarded Higher Doctorate from the University of Southampton

Prof. Ashwani Gupta was awarded a D.Sc. for his contributions to the field of combustion engineering.

Gupta research group wins three awards at ASME IDETC/CIE

Awards include 'Excellence in Research,' best paper and best dissertation.

Robo Raven flies live on Fox 5 TV

Research team demonstrates breakthrough MAV technology

Martins, Gupta, Aloimonos speak at 'Fostering Excellence in Robotics'

Workshop at American Control Conference introduced high school students to robotics.

Luke Roberts awarded NSF Graduate Fellowship

Ph.D. student is part of the Robo Raven project.

Sagar Chowdhury wins ISR graduate student award

Chowdhury’s research focuses on optical tweezers.

2013 Dean's Student Research Awards Announced

Graduate students recognized for high quality engineering research.

2013 Dean's Doctoral and Master’s Student Research Award Winners

Winning research papers from MSE, ME and BioE

Pioneering flight of ‘Robo Raven’ is major breakthrough for micro air vehicles

Robotic bird's independently controllable wings makes more realistic flight maneuvers possible.

NIH awards $2M grant to Desai, Gullapalli and Simard for surgical robot

MINIR project could improve outcomes for brain cancer patients.

New NIH Grant to Advance Brain Surgery Robot Development

Research a part of MPowering the State collaboration between UMD, UMB.  

Faculty Members Take On New Responsibilities

Flatau, Martins, Kofinas to serve Clark School in new roles; Gupta to lead NSF initiative.

Ray-tracing paper wins 'Best of Conference' at 2012 IDETC/CIE

Work by Bista, Chowdhury, Gupta and Varshney introduces application to calculate laser beam forces in optical tweezers system.

Miniature Robotics REU students give final presentations

Ten undergrads from around the country give talks on their summer projects.

'Open-source' robot offers new opportunities for education

Maryland Robotics Center offers free design elements to build crocodile robot.

Paper on stair-climbing robot wins award at CLAWAR 2012

Paper by Brewer, Kaipa and Gupta wins runner-up award for best paper.

ISR welcomes 10 REU microbotics students for the summer

Students will develop interdisciplinary research projects in 10-week program.

Maryland Robotics Center featured on live TV broadcast

Robots from five research groups help promote Maryland Day activities.

Gupta, Thakur, Banerjee win Elsevier Most Cited Paper Award

Award presented for their article on CAD model simplification techniques in the journal Computer-Aided Design.

Robotics featured in Sept. 30 issue of The Diamondback

Maryland Robotics Center faculty are interviewed.

S.K. Gupta wins Kos Ishii-Toshiba Award

ASME award recognizes optimization and modeling contributions to product development.

New REU site to offer research opportunities in miniature robotics

Sarah Bergbreiter is principal investigator for NSF program.

Article by Gupta and students named a 'most-cited paper' by Bioinspiration & Biomimetics

“A survey of snake-inspired robot designs” is one of 10 'most-cited' papers in the journal over the past two years.

Alex Weissman receives NIST ARRA Fellowship

Ph.D. student will work in sustainable manufacturing.

Ashwani Gupta Awarded 2010 ASME Holley Medal

ME professor recognized for contributions to efficient alternative energy methods.

2010 Maryland Robotics Day draws large crowd

Government officials, industry representatives, prospective students attend Maryland Robotics Day.

Gupta, Bruck, Bejgerowski, Gerdes, Wilkerson win ASME Best Paper Award

Research on MAV flapping-wing drive mechanism is cited at Mechanism and Robotics Conference.

S.K. Gupta quoted in Science News article

Maryland Robotics Center director comments on biological discovery that could aid in design of soft-bodied robots.

Article by Gupta, Hopkins and Spranklin selected as a 'Highlight of 2009'

The journal Bioinspiration & Biomimetics includes review of snake-inspired robots in its 'best of' collection.

PI Holds 1st Annual Research Workshop

ME delegation travels to Abu Dhabi to promote research collaborations.

S.K. Gupta awarded NSF grant for autonomous optical manipulation of cells

Researchers will develop a system that features holographic optical tweezers.

S.K. Gupta’s group pioneers new development in drive mechanisms for ornithopters

Next-generation micro air vehicles feature folding-wing technology.

S.K. Gupta receives NSF grant for nanoassembly research

Research will aid the development of automated real-time planning algorithms.

News from the CECD

Short named editor of journal; professors co-author new book

S.K. Gupta Promoted to Full Professor

Faculty member won 2008 "Invention of the Year"; 2001 PECASE Award.

S.K. Gupta elected a Fellow of ASME

ME/ISR faculty member chosen for significant contributions to computer aided design and manufacturing.

Cooperation with Korean University Adds to International Exchange

Pusan National University to share Ph.D. research knowledge, faculty and students.

S.K. Gupta featured in Mechanical Engineering Magazine story

ISR faculty member talks about the future of integrating computer-aided design with computer-aided manufacturing.

S.K. Gupta Earns Best Paper & "Trailblazer" Awards

Associate Professor S.K. Gupta and his Ph.D. student Tao Peng received the Best Paper Award.

S.K. Gupta Earns Best Paper & "Trailblazer" Awards

Associate Professor S.K. Gupta and Ph.D. student Tao Peng received the Best Paper Award at the 2006 ASME Computers and Information in Engineering Conference

Mechanical Engineering Student News

ME students in the spotlight.

CALCE-Hanyang University Cooperation Established

In June a cooperative relationship between CALCE and Hanyang University in Korea was officially sanctioned by the Korean Government.

ME Students Tour Power Plant in DC

Professor Ashwani Gupta and his ENME 489A class toured the General Services Administration Power plant.

Alok Priyadarshi - Mechanical Engineering

Alok Priyadarshi has developed new software that automatically generates multi-piece mold geometry at the click of a button.

Two ME Grad Students Finalists in Business Plan Competition

Rohit Kumar and Alok Priyadarshi and their start-up company, Terplicators Inc., are Finalists in Business Plan Competition.

ME Graduate Student Wins GRID; is Finalist in Maryland Business Plan Competition

Alok K. Priyadarshi has been named the First Place Winner of the Graduate Research Interaction Day.

S.K. Gupta Receives NSF Grant for Undergraduate Research

Satyandra K. Gupta recives a $688,702 research grant from the National Science Foundation.

S.K. Gupta Selected to Attend NAE'S Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

The symposium will be held Sept. 19-21, 2002 at the National Academies' Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center in Irvine, California.

S.K. Gupta Selected to Receive Presidential Early Career Award

Associate Professor Satyandra K. Gupta has been selected to receive a Presidental Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

Industrial College of the Armed Forces Students Visit

The students were hosted by Assoc. Prof. Jeffrey Herrmann and were welcomed by Department Chairman Avram Bar-Cohen.

Satyandra K. Gupta Wins Literati Club Award

Satyandra K. Gupta was given the Literati Club's Highly Commended Award, sponsord by Emerald.

5 ME Faculty Present Posters at ISR Research Review Day

ME Faculty showcased their research at the poster session of today's ISR Research Review Day.

S.K. Gupta Selected to Receive Presidential Early Career Award

Assistant Professor Satyandra K. Gupta has been selected to receive a Presidental Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

Assistant Professor S.K. Gupta Issued U.S. Patent 6,233,538

S.K. Gupta and David Alan Bourne of Carnegie Mellon University were issued U.S. Patent 6,233,538 on May 15, 2001.

Assistant Professor S.K. Gupta Receives Outstanding Systems Engineering Faculty Award

Satyandra K. Gupta is the recipient of the ISR Outstanding Faculty Award.

Three Teams from the Clark School of Engineering Win MURI Awards

Department of Defense have selected three teams from the A. James Clarke School of Engineering to recieve Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) Awards.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)