Meet the members of the Maha Research Center

Monika's Group
Faculty      Graduate Students      Visiting Researchers      Undergraduate Students      

Staff      Past Group Members
Andrea's Group

Maha Faculty


Dr. Monika Ivantysynova

Dr. Monika Ivantysynova
Department Page

Phone: (765) 447-1609
Maha Professor Fluid Power Systems
Director Maha Fluid Power Research Center
School of Mechanical Engineering &
Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Origin: Germany
August 2004-present

Maha Group 2012


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Graduate Students


Tyler Bleazard

Tyler Bleazard
Master's Student

Phone: (765) 449-7980
BS: Brigham Young University
Origin: Ottawa, IL
July 2013-present

Enrique Busquets

Enrique Busquets
PhD Student

Phone: (765) 449-7980
BS: U. of Texas at El Paso
Origin: Mexico
July 2011-present

Rene Chacon Portillo

Rene Chacon Portillo
Master's Student

Phone: (765) 449-7514
BS: University of Texas at El Paso
Origin: Mexico
July 2012-present

Naseem Daher

Naseem Daher
PhD Candidate

Phone: (765) 449-7980
BS, MS: Lawrence Technological University, MI, USA
Origin: Lebanon
Aug 2011-present

Meike Ernst

Meike Ernst
Master's Student

Phone: (765) 448-1456
BS: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
Origin: Stuttgart, Germany
July 2013-present

Rohit Hippalgaonkar

Rohit Hippalgaonkar
PhD Candidate

Phone: (765) 449-7980
B.Tech: Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
M.Eng: Cornell University
Origin: India
June 2010-present

Paul Kalbfleisch

Paul Kalbfleisch
PhD Student

Phone: (765) 448-1456
BS: Purdue University
Origin: Kentucky, USA
Oct 2011-present

Taeho Kim

Taeho Kim
PhD Student

Phone: (765) 448-1456
BS: Ajou University, South Korea
MS: KAIST, South Korea
MS: University of Florida
Origin: S. Korea
Aug 2012-present

Chenhao Ma

Chenhao Ma
Master's Student

Phone: (765) 449-7980
Origin: China
May 2013-present

Dan Mizell

Dan Mizell
PhD Student

Phone: (765) 449-7514
BS: Michigan Technological University
Origin: Michigan, USA
July 2011-present

Amine Nhila

Amine Nhila
PhD Student

Phone: (765) 449-7980
BS: UC Berkeley
MS: U of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Origin: Casablanca, Morocco
August 2013-present

Damiano Padovani

Damiano Padovani
PhD Student

Phone: (765) 449-7980
BS, MS: Polytechnic University of Turin
Origin: Italy
August 2012-present

Andrew Schenk

Andrew Schenk
PhD Candidate

Phone: (765) 449-7514
BS: Kettering University
Origin: Michigan, USA
July 2009-present

Lizhi Shang

Lizhi Shang
PhD Student

Phone: (765) 448-1456
BS: Huazhong University of Science and Technology
MS: New Jersey Institute of Technology
Origin: China
January 2013 - Present

Natalie Spencer

Natalie Spencer
Master's Student

Phone: (765) 448-1456
BS: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Origin: Arlington, WA, USA
August 2012-present

Michael Sprengel

Michael Sprengel
PhD Student

Phone: (765) 449-7980
BS: Missouri S&T
Origin: Missouri, USA
August 2010-present

Phil St. Hilaire

Phil St. Hilaire
Master's Student

Phone: (765) 449-7980
BS: Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas
Origin: Island Of Dominica, Caribbean
July 2013-present

Kyle Williams

Kyle Williams
PhD Student

Phone: (765) 449-7980
MS: Purdue University
Origin: USA
July 2013-present

Ashley Wondergem

Ashley Wondergem
PhD Student

Phone: (765) 448-1456
BS: Saginaw Valley State University
Origin: Michigan, USA
August 2012-present

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Visiting Researchers


Dr. Xuewen Du

Dr. Xuewen Du
Visiting Scholar
Email Dr. Du
Phone: (765) 237-7760
PhD: Zhejiang University
Origin: China
December 2013-present

Dr. Hong Gao

Dr. Hong Gao
Visiting Scholar
Email Dr. Gao
Phone: (765) 448-1456
PhD: Zhejiang University
Origin: China
June 2013-present

Dr. Zhongsheng Sun

Dr. Zhongsheng Sun
Visiting Scholar
Email Dr. Sun
Phone: (765) 448-1456
PhD: Harbin Institute of Technology
Origin: China
December 2013-present

Nils Trochelmann

Nils Trochelmann
Visiting Researcher
Email Nils
Phone: (765) 448-1456
BS: Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH)
Origin: Hamburg, Germany
April 2014-present

Dr. Tong Xing

Dr. Tong Xing
Visiting Scholar
Email Dr. Xing
Phone: (765) 449-7514
PhD: Zhejiang University
Origin: China
March 2014-present


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Staff Members


Anthony Franklin

Anthony Franklin
Lab Manager

Phone: (765) 448-1587
Origin: Kokomo, IN
November 2008-present

Susan Gauger

Susan Gauger
Secretary / Assistant

Phone: (765) 448-1587
June 2011-present

Connie McMindes

Connie McMindes
Inventory Control Clerk

Phone: (765) 448-1587
Origin: Lafayette, IN
October 2012-present

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Past Group Members

Past Graduate Students       Past Visiting Researchers       Past Undergraduate Students       Past Maha Staff       Past High School Students


Past Graduate Students

Mehdi Alemi

Mohammad Mehdi Alemi
BS: University of Tehran
Origin: Iran
Jan 2011-Dec 2011

Jonathan Baker

Jonathan Baker
Master's Graduate
BS: Davidson College
MS: Purdue University
PhD: MIT
Origin: USA
June 2006-July 2009

James Bartlett

Jim Bartlett
BS: Purdue University
Origin: USA
July 2008-May 2009

Hans Berg

Hans Berg
PhD Graduate
Origin: Germany

Blake Carl

Blake Carl
Origin: USA

Gang Chen

Gang Chen
Origin: China

Sven Kelana Christiansen

Sven Kelana Christiansen
Origin: Germany

Michael Cross

Michael Cross
Master's Graduate
BS: Univeristy of Tennessee at Knoxville
MS: Purdue University
Origin: USA
April 2009-May 2011

Shekar Degaonkar

Shekar Degaonkar
Master's Graduate
BS: Dr. BA Marathwada University, India
Origin: India
July 2006-June 2009

Abhijit Dingare

Abhijit Dingare
BS: College of Engineering, Pune, India
MS: The Ohio State University
Origin: India
June 2010-December 2010

Sebastian Eggers

Sebastian Eggers
Origin: Germany

Andrew Fredrickson

Andrew Fredrickson
Master's Graduate
BS: Taylor University
MS: Purdue University
Origin: USA
July 2006-July 2008

Reece Garrett

Reece Garrett
Master's Graduate
BS: Brigham Young University
MS: Purdue University
Origin: USA
June 2007-May 2009

Joerg Grabbel

Joerg Grabbel
PhD Graduate
Origin: Germany

Anderson St. Hilaire

Anderson St. Hilaire
Origin: Dominicas

Edward Hughes

Edward Hughes
BS: Purdue University
MS: Purdue University
Origin: USA
July 2007-April 2009

Roman Ivantysyn

Roman Ivantysyn
Master's Graduate
BS: Purdue University
MS: Purdue University
Origin: Germany
May 2009-July 2011

Dongjune Kim

Dongjune Kim
Master's Graduate
BS: Yokohama National University, Japan
MS: Purdue University
Origin: South Korea
May 2011-August 2012

Richard Klop

Richard Klop
PhD Graduate
BS: Michigan State
MS: Purdue University
Origin: USA
August 2005-Feb 2011

Alexander Krauss

Alexander Krauss
Origin: Germany

Matt Kronlage

Matt Kronlage
Master's Graduate
BS: Iowa State
MS: Purdue University
Origin: USA
July 2009-July 2011

Rajneesh Kumar

Rajneesh Kumar
PhD Graduate
BS: Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India
MS: Purdue University
Origin: India
July 2006-Oct 2010

Rohit Kumar

Rohit Kumar
Master's Graduate
BS: Birla Institute of Technology, India
Origin: India
August 2007-Oct 2009

Rolf Lasaar

Rolf Lasaar
PhD Graduate
Origin: Germany

Dat Le

Dat Le
July 2010-July 2011

Shinok Lee

Shinok Lee
Master's Graduate
BS: Purdue University
MS: Purdue University
Origin: South Korea
July 2008-Aug 2010

Dusan Mikeska

Dusan Mikeska
Origin: Slovakia

Jacob Mcleod

Jacob Mcleod
BS: Kettering University
Origin: Michigan, USA
August 2009-May 2010

Lars Olems

Lars Olems
PhD Graduate
Origin: Germany

Michael Oppermann

Michael Oppermann
PhD Graduate
Origin: Germany

Jean-Claude Ossyra

Jean-Claude Ossyra
PhD Graduate
Origin: Germany

Matteo Pelosi

Matteo Pelosi
PhD Graduate
BS, MS: Università Degli Studi di Parma
Origin: Italy
Sep 2007- Mar 2012

Jeff Peters

Jeff Peters
Master's Graduate
BS: Purdue University
Origin: USA
July 2006-August 2008

Leonardo Pinhel-Soarez

Leonardo Pinhel-Soarez

Robert Rahmfeld

Robert Rahmfeld
PhD Graduate
Origin: Germany

Jess Benjamin Rose

Jess Rose
Master's Graduate
BS: Brigham Young University
MS: Purdue University
Origin: Washington, USA
August 2009-June 2011

Ganesh Seeniraj

Ganesh Seeniraj
PhD Graduate
BS: College of Engineering, Guindy, Anna University, Chennai, India
MS: Kettering University
Origin: India
PhD: August 2004-March 2009
Postdoc: August 2009-April 2011

Brent Earl Warr

Brent Warr
Master's Graduate
BS: Brigham Young University
MS: Purdue University
Origin: Utah, USA
August 2009-May 2011

Chris Williamson

Chris Williamson
PhD Graduate
BS: Brigham Young University
MS: Purdue University
Origin: USA
August 2005-Sept 2010

Uwe Wieczorek

Uwe Wieczorek
PhD Graduate
Origin: Germany

Kyle Williams

Kyle Williams
MS: Purdue University
Origin: USA
May 2005-August 2009

Elmar Wulf

Elmar Wulf
Origin: Germany

Marco Zecchi

Marco Zecchi
PhD Graduate
MS: Università Degli Studi di Parma
Origin: Italy
April 2010 - December 2013

Minming Zhao

Minming Zhao
Master's Graduate
BS: Shanghai Jiaotong University
Origin: China
August 2010-June 2012

Josh Zimmerman

Josh Zimmerman
PhD Graduate
BS: Brigham Young University
MS: Purdue University
Origin: USA
August 2006-May 2012

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Past Visiting Researchers

Bjoern Bahl

Bjoern Bahl
Visiting Researcher
B.Sc.: RWTH Aachen University
Origin: Goettingen, Germany
September 2013 - December 2013

Robert Behr

Robert Behr
Origin: Germany

Jiang Dan

Jiang Dan
Origin: China

Daniel Dyminski

Daniel Dyminski
Master's Graduate
Cracow Academy of Technology
Origin: Poland
September 2005-December 2008

Federica Franzoni

Federica Franzoni
Visiting Researcher
BS: University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
Origin: Italy
June 2009-Dec 2009

Germano Franzoni

Germano Franzoni
Origin: Italy

Daniel Gronberg

Daniel Grönberg
Visiting Researcher
Origin: Sweden
Jan 2011-June 2011

Yizhu Gu

Yizhu Gu
Visiting Researcher
BS: Zhejiang University
Origin: China
July 2013-October 2013

Changchun Huang

Changchun "Max" Huang
Origin: China

Takayoshi Ichiyanagi

Takayoshi Ichiyanagi
Assistant Professor
National Defense Academy of Japan
Origin: Japan
July 2007-September 2008

Andreas Japing

Andreas Japing
Origin: Germany

Najoua Jouini

Najoua Jouini
Visiting Researcher
BS, MS: Stuttgart University
Origin: Tunisia
Sep 2006-Feb 2007
Sep 2007-Aug 2008
May 2009-Aug 2012

Donatien Keho

Donatien Keho
Master's Graduate
MS: Toulouse
Origin: France
Feburary 2008-September 2008

Petr Konarik

Petr Konarik
Origin: Czech Republic

Philipp Koppold

Philipp Koppold
Visiting Researcher
Origin: Germany
Feb 2010-Nov 2010

Jonathan Liscouet

Jonathan Liscouet
Origin: France

Amin Mehdizadeh

Amin Mehdizadeh
Visiting Researcher
BS,MS: Shiraz University
MS: The Royal Insititute of Technology, Sweden
Origin: Iran
Dec. 2011-Aug. 2013

Jose Navarro

Jose Navarro
Origin: Spain

Dheeraj Saxena

Dheeraj Saxena
Origin: India

Jan Schmidt

Jan H. Schmidt
Visiting Researcher
Diplom: TU Clausthal
Origin: Germany
August 2012-October 2012

Lizhi Shang

Lizhi Shang
Visiting Researcher
BS: Huazhong University of Science and Technology
MS: New Jersey Institute of Technology
Origin: China
July 2012-Aug 2012

Wei Shen

Wei Shen
Visiting Researcher
BS: Northeast Foresty University
MS: Yan Shan University
PhD: Harbin Institude of Technology
Origin: China
Feb 2012-Mar 2013

Patrik Stegemann

Patrik Stegemann
Origin: Germany

Marcel Tkocz

Marcel Tkocz
Master's Student
BS: Technical University Dresden
Origin: Germany
August 2008-May 2009

Toyohito Uchizono

Toyohito Uchizono
Visiting Researcher
Origin: Japan
Jan 2010-July 2011

Hideaki Usami

Hideaki Usami
Visiting Researcher
Email Hideaki
BS, MS: Meiji University
Origin: Japan
Aug 2012-Feb 2014

Andrea Vacca

Andrea Vacca
Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering
Università Degli Studi di Parma
Origin: Italy
June 2008-October 2008

Marco Zecchi

Marco Zecchi
Visiting Researcher
MS: Università Degli Studi di Parma
Origin: Italy
March 2009-Nov 2009

Junwei Zhang

Junwei Zhang
Visiting Researcher
BS: Beijing Institute of Technology
Origin: China
Nov 2011-Nov 2012

Hui Zhao

Hui Zhao
Visiting Researcher
BS-Ph.D: Harbin Institute of Technology
Origin: China
Sept 2009-Sept 2010

Minming Zhao

Minming Zhao
Visiting Researcher

Origin: China
Dec 2009-April 2010

Fabian Zimber

Fabian Zimber
Visiting Researcher
BS: University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
Origin: Germany
May 2012-Aug 2012

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Past Undergraduate Students

Summer 2013      Fall 2012      Summer 2012      Summer 2011      Summer 2010      Summer 2009      Summer 2008      Summer 2007      Summer 2006


Summer 2013

Jose Edgar Gomez

Jose Edgar Gomez Gomez
Undergraduate Researcher
Origin: Queretaro, Mexico
May 2013-October 2013

Jordyn Miller

Jordyn Miller
SURF 2013 Student
Origin: USA
May 2013-Aug 2013

Yangqiao Zheng

Yangqiao Zheng
SURF 2013 Student
Origin: China
May 2013-Aug 2013

Fall 2012

Chuang Wang

Chuang (Chris) Wang
Undergraduate Researcher

BS: Purdue University
Sep 2012-Dec 2012

Jennifer Wu

Jennifer Wu
Undergraduate Researcher

BS: Purdue University
Sep 2012-Dec 2012

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Summer 2012

Tridib Saha

Tridib Saha
Undergraduate

BS: Purdue University
SROP Summer 2012

Cary Wood

Cary Wood
Undergraduate

BS: Purdue University
SURF Summer 2012

Bruce Vonniederhausern

Bruce Vonniederhausern
Undergraduate

BS: Utah State University
SURF Summer 2012

Cory Raizor

Cory Raizor
Undergraduate

BS: Purdue University
SURF Summer 2012

Chuang Wang

Chuang (Chris) Wang
Undergraduate

BS: Purdue University
SURF Summer 2012

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Summer 2011

Kilian Cooley

Kilian Cooley
Undergraduate

BS: Purdue University
SURF Summer 2011

Cheng Lu

Cheng Lu
Undergraduate

BS: Purdue University
SURF Summer 2011

Jennifer Wu

Jennifer Wu
Undergraduate

BS: Purdue University
SURF Summer 2011

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Summer 2010

Enrique Busquets

Enrique Busquets
Undergraduate

BS: The University of Texas at El Paso
Origin: Torreon, Mexico
SURF Summer 2010

James Hancock

James Hancock
Undergraduate

BS: Purdue University
Origin: Illinois, USA
SURF Summer 2010

Ben Walke

Ben Walke
Undergraduate
Email Ben
BS: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Origin: Pennsylvania, USA
SURF Summer 2010

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Summer 2009

Andreu Husien

Andreu Husien
Undergraduate

BS: Purdue University
Origin: Jakarta, Indonesia
SURF Summer 2009

Paul Kalbfleisch

Paul Kalbfleisch
Undergraduate

BS: Purdue University
Origin: Kentucky, USA
SURF Summer 2009

Jamie Scott

Jamie Scott
Undergraduate

BS: Purdue University
Origin: Indiana, USA
SURF Summer 2009

Nathan Strong

Nathan Strong
Undergraduate

BS: Purdue University
Origin: Tennessee, USA
SURF Summer 2009

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Summer 2008

Nicholas Browdues

Nicholas Browdues
Undergraduate

BS: Purdue University
Origin: USA
SURF Summer 2008

Michael Cross

Michael Cross
Undergraduate

BS: Univeristy of Tennessee at Knoxville
Origin: USA
SURF Summer 2008

William Hinson

William Hinson
Undergraduate

BS: Purdue University
Origin: USA
SURF Summer 2008

Roman Ivantysyn

Roman Ivantysyn
Undergraduate

BS: Purdue University
Origin: Germany
Summer 2008

Katie Livergood

Katie Livergood
Undergraduate

BS: Purdue Unversity
Origin: USA
Summer 2008

Laura Rodrigeuz

Laura Rodriguez
Undergraduate

BS: Instituto Tecnologico de Ciudad Juarez
Origin: Mexico
SURF Summer 2008

Ivan Swandono

Ivan Swandono
Undergraduate

BS: Purdue University
Origin: Indonesia
SURF Summer 2008

Sihle Wilson

Sihle Wilson
Undergraduate

BS: Florida A&M University
Origin: Trinidad and Tabago
SURF Summer 2008

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Summer 2007

Neil Dantam

Neil Dantam
Undergraduate

BS: Purdue University
Origin: USA
SURF Summer 2007

Jose Rivera

José Rivera
Undergraduate

BS: University of Puerto Rico at Maya Güez
Origin: Puerto Rico
SURF Summer 2007

Elvis Ulloa

Elvis Ulloa
Undergraduate

BS: University of Puerto Rico at Maya Güez
Origin: Puerto Rico
SURF Summer 2007

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Summer 2006

Donnell Cunningham

Donnell Cunningham
Undergraduate
Origin: USA
SURF Summer 2006

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Past Maha Staff

Edat Kaya

Edat Kaya
Maha Lab Manager
Dipl.-Eng.: Hamburg University of Applied Science
Origin: Germany
August 2005-May 2011

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Past High School Students

Francis Grover

Francis Grover
Visiting High School Student
Jefferson High School, Lafayette, IN
Origin: Lafayette, IN
September 2009-March 2010

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