Prof. Dr. Delbert Tesar
Teaching in mechanical engineering began in 1957. In 1975, work began on intelligent actuators for robotics as standardized driving modules (as the chip is for computers). That tech base has grown by 8 orders of magnitude in the decades of 1995-2015. The concentration is for actuator intelligence(response to human command) and for design in a minimum set for a given domain to permit in-depth certification and to maximize performance to cost ratios. System intelligence is achieved by developing multiple decision criteria (for the chosen domain) with clear physical meaning enabling decision updates of 5 to 10 m sec.,even for quite complex systems. This work is now documented in 30 major program plans (2800 pages) for open architecture systems. Recent emphasis has been on open architecture vehicles with concentration on a multi-speed hub drive wheel in order to remove all passive mechanical drives, improve traction by 3x, reduce drive losses by 2x, reduce vehicle cost by 2x and substantially improve safety for on/off-road operation. Research funding now exceeds $35,000,000, with increasing emphasis on industrial priorities. Participation has occurred on three major national science boards (the Air Force Science Advisory Board, the Space Station Review Panel,and the Army Science Board) and several panels for JPL, NIST, Mantech, and DOE. It has been possible to make invited presentations throughout the technical world (Europe, Russia, Japan, Korea, China, etc.) and have continued interface to many outstanding groups.