Nina Mahmoudian

Nina Mahmoudian

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

School of Mechanical Engineering
Purdue University
585 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2088

Office: KEPNER



  • Postdoctoral Associate, Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland, 2010
  • Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2009
  • B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Tehran Polytechnic, 1999

Research Interests

  • Robotics
  • Marine Robotics
  • Unmanned Systems
  • Energy Autonomy
  • Systems Design
  • Coordination and Controls

Awards and Recognitions

  • Participant in National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, 2016
  • Featured as Emerging Scholar by Diverse: Issues in Education Magazine, 2016
  • National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (NSF CAREER) Award, 2015
  • Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program (ONR YIP) Award, 2015

Selected Publications

Li B., Page B., Hoffman J., Moridian B., and Mahmoudian N., "Rendezvous Planning for Multiple AUVs with Mobile Charging Stations in Dynamic Currents", IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), 2019. DOI: 10.1109/LRA.2019.2896899

Page B. and Mahmoudian N., "Simulation Driven Optimization of Underwater Docking Station Design", IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering (JOE), 2019. DOI: 10.1109/JOE.2018.2885200.

Page B., Naglak J., Kase C., and Mahmoudian N., "Autonomous Docking for Exploration of Extraterrestrial Lakes", AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition 2019, San Diego, CA, January 7-11, 2019.

Ziaeefard S. and Mahmoudian N.,"Marine Robotics: an Effective Interdisciplinary Approach to Promote STEM Education", Robotics in Education, Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing Series, Springer, vol 630, 154-165, 2018.

Li B., Moridian B., Kamal A., Patankar S., and Mahmoudian N., "Multi-robot Mission Planning with Static Energy Replenishment", Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems, Springer, 2018. DOI: 10.1007/s10846-018-0897-2

Moridian B. and Mahmoudian N., "Training Mobile Robots from Demonstration for Semi-Autonomous Remote Operation", IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics (SSRR), Philadelphia, PA, August 6-8, 2018.

Ziaeefard S., Miller M., Rastgaar M., and Mahmoudian N., "Co-robotic Hands-on Activities: A Gateway to Engineering Design and STEM learning", Robotics and Autonomous Systems Journal, vol. 97, pp. 40-50. DOI: 10.1016/j.robot.2017.07.013

Ziaeefard S., Page B., Pinar A., and Mahmoudian N., "Effective Turning Motion Control of Internally Actuated Autonomous Underwater Vehicles", Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems, Springer, 2017. DOI: 10.1007/s10846-017-0544-3

Moridian B., Mahmoudian N., Weaver W., and Robinett R., "Post-Disaster Electric Power Recovery Using Autonomous Vehicles", IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE), vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 62-72, 2017. DOI: 10.1109/TASE.2016.2614927

Page B., Ziaeefard S., Pinar A., and Mahmoudian N., "Highly Maneuverable Low-Cost Autonomous Underwater Glider: Design and Development", IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 344-349, 2017. DOI: 10.1109/LRA.2016.2617206