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Richard Vallett

Richard Vallett


BS Mechanical Engineering, Drexel University, 2012
MS Mechanical Engineering, Drexel University, 2012


Richard is a 3rd year PhD candidate, research assistant, and Dean’s Fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics and a member of the Drexel University Music Entertainment Technology Lab (MET-lab).  His primary research interests include robotics, control systems, dynamics, microcontrollers, and smart textile fabrication.  His personal interests include teaching and illustration.
Prior to working at the ExCITe Center, Richard was a member and manager of the Drexel Autonomous Systems Lab (now DASL at UNLV).  His research involved control and navigation of unmanned aerial and ground vehicles and humanoid design, modeling, and simulation.  He competed with DASL in the 2013 DARPA Robotics Challenge in Miami, FL.  Richard is currently working on developing smart textiles at the Shima Seiki Haute Technology Lab for applications towards humanoid robot sensing and wearable technologies.
Richard serves as a teaching assistant in the Mechanical Engineering department.  Previous courses taught include, statics, dynamics, basic fluid mechanics, control systems, product design and development, and freshman engineering design lab.  Richard has advised many undergraduate student groups on various mechanical and electrical design projects.