Monika Ivantysynova
Maha Research Center at 1500 Kepner Dr.

1500 Kepner Dr
Lafayette, IN, 47905-6578
Ph: (765) 447-1609
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Hydraulic Powertrains and Hybrid Systems -- Spring2016

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Congratulations to Riccardo Bianchi for Receiving the 2016 SAE Excellence in Oral Presentation Award from ComVEC!

We are glad to announce that Riccardo Bianchi was selected to receive the 2016 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Excellence in Oral Presentation Award from the Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress (ComVEC). Riccardo’s presentation titled “Active Vibration Damping for Construction Machines Based on Frequency Identification” was selected by those in attendance of the ComVEC that was held on Oct. 4-6, 2016 in Rosemont, Illinois, USA.

Riccardo's ComVEC Excellence in Oral Presentation Award.

November 21, 2016


Maha Team at the FPNI Ph.D. Symposium on Fluid Power

A group of researchers from Maha lab attended the 9th FPNI Ph.D. Symposium on Fluid Power which took place from October 26-28, 2016 in Florianópolis, SC, Brazil. The attendees included Prof. Monika Ivantysynova, Prof. Andrea Vacca and Ph.D. students Ryan Jenkins, Rene Chacon, Lizhi Shang and Riccardo Bianchi. Prof. Monika Ivantysynova was invited to give a keynote speech titled “Challenges and Opportunities for Fluid Power” and the Ph.D. students all presented conference papers.

In addition to the Backe medal, which is awarded for the best conference paper, five recognized papers were selected by the International jury composed of seven renowned fluid power professors. Ryan Jenkins' paper, “Investigation of Instability of a Pressure Compensated Vane Pump” was selected as one of the five recognized papers. Congratulations to Ryan!

Attendants of the 9th FPNI Ph.D Symposium on Fluid Power. Ryan and the other authors of the best conference papers.

November 2, 2016


Dr. Davide Cristofori and Prof. Andrea Vacca awarded the 2015 Donald Julius Groen Prize!

Congratulations to Dr. Davide Cristofori and Prof. Andrea Vacca. The Mechatronics, Informatics and Control Group Board of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), has selected the paper ‘Modeling hydraulic actuator mechanical dynamics from pressure measured at control valve ports’, by Davide Cristofori and Andrea Vacca as the winner of the 2015 Donald Julius Groen Prize.

The Prize is awarded every year by IMechE to the authors of a selected outstanding paper.

September 22, 2016


Congratulations to Gautham Ramchandran on a Successful Master's Defense!

We would like to congratulate Gautham Ramchandran on a successful Master's defense on July 18, 2016! He began his studies in January of 2015 in Prof. Andrea Vacca's pump modeling research group and has done a lot of great work broadening the lab's expertise in modeling high pressure radial piston pumps.

Gautham will be joining Gamma Technologies in Westmont, IL, as a Project Engineer for Hydraulics and Lubrication applications. We will miss him and wish him the best in the next stage of his career.

Prof. Andrea Vacca introducing Gautham at his defense presentation. Gautham Ramchandran defending his Master's thesis. Gautham Ramchandran presenting his research during his defense.

July 25, 2016


Congratulations to Dr. Damiano Padovani on a Successful PhD Defense!

We would like to congratulate Dr. Damiano Padovani on a successful PhD defense on July 12, 2016! He began his studies in Prof. Ivantysynova's systems group in August of 2012 and has done excellent work applying the principles of displacement controlled actuation.

Damiano's research focused on the application of displacement controlled actuation to the design of a next generation tamping machine for railway maintenance. He also developed a novel displacement controlled solution for the vibration of the squeeze cylinders in the same application.

We will definitely miss Damianos's contributions to the team and wish him the best in his post-doctoral position at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Prof. Ivantysynova introducing Damiano at his defense presentation. Damiano Padovani defending his PhD thesis. Damiano Padovani presenting his research during his defense. Damiano in his hat during the defense games sponsored by his colleagues. Prof. Ivantysynova and Damiano competing to see who can identify more types of coffee correctly. Prof. Ivantysynova and Dr. Damiano Padovani.

July 15, 2016


Welcome 2016 SURF Students!

We would like to welcome this year's group of SURF Undergraduate Researchers:

SURF 2016 Undergraduate Researchers

Zechao Lu ‐ Zechao will be spending the summer working with Prof. Andrea Vacca's pump research group.

Dan Ding ‐ Dan will be spending the summer working with Prof. Monika Ivantysynova's pump research group.

Rajith Weerasingh ‐ Rajith will also be spending the summer working with Prof. Monika Ivantysynova's pump research group.

June 1, 2016


Welcome New Maha Team Members!

We would like to extend a very warm welcome to the following new students who have joined the Maha team in the past month:


Graduate Students

Pranay Banerjee ‐ Pranay is a Master's student joining Prof. Monika Ivantysynova's hydraulic systems research group.


Undergraduate Students

Veersinh Patil ‐ Veersinh is an Undergraduate Research Assistant joining Prof. Andrea Vacca's pump research group.


Visiting Researchers

Mateus Bertolin ‐ Mateus is visiting for a short time and will be working with Prof. Monika Ivantysynova's systems research group.

Raphael Seifried ‐ Raphael is visiting for the next six months and will be working with Prof. Monika Ivantysynova's systems research group.

June 1, 2016


Congratulations to Dr. Enrique Busquets on a Successful PhD Defense!

We would like to congratulate Dr. Enrique Busquets on a successful PhD defense on May 20, 2016! He began his studies in Prof. Ivantysynova's systems group in July of 2011 and has contributed greatly to the success of the group during his time here.

Enrique's research has been focused on the application of advanced control concepts to improve the performance, efficiency, and robustness of a hybrid mini-excavator with displacement controlled actuators. He has developed an innovative approach to the anti-stall pump control and power management of the hybrid excavator as well as the application of pump switching to increase the machine's productivity.

We will definitely miss Enrique's contributions to the team and wish him the best success in the next stage of his career as a Systems Engineering Manager at Bosch Rextroth USA in South Carolina.

Prof. Ivantysynova introducing Enrique at his defense presentation. Enrique Busquets defending his PhD thesis. Enrique Busquets presenting his research during his defense. Enrique wearing his costume during the defense games sponsored by his colleagues. Prof. Ivantysynova with Dr. Enrique Busquets. Dr. Busquets, Prof. Ivantysynova, and Ashley Wondergem inspecting the food for the celebratory meal after the defense.

May 23, 2016


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