Lab Director:


Dr. Mehrdad H. Zadeh

Mehrdad Hosseini Zadeh received his B.A.Sc. in Computer Engineering from Shiraz University, Iran, M.A.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Concordia University,Montreal, Canada, and Ph.D in Electrical and Computer Engineering , University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada. He also has over 8 years of industry experience as an Electrical Engineer and Software Development specialist. He is interested largely in the areas of Haptics, Human Factors, Human Machine Interaction, Tele-Haptics, and Medical Robotics. See Mehrdad's webpage here.

Graduate Students:



Shervin Ehrampoosh

Shervin Ehrampoosh was born in Tehran, Iran in 1984. He received his bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from Shiraz University of Technology (SUTech) in August 2007. Currently, he has been working as a graduate research assistant  in Computer Engineering at Kettering University. His research lies within providing haptic feedback in robot-assisted minimally invasive surgeries using a proposed optical force sensor. Shervin's research interest include medical robotics, tele-haptics, Ad Hoc networks, and RF design. Visit Shervin's webpage here.


Reza Yousefian

Reza is a Graduate Research Assistant in ECE department at Kettering University. His research area lies at the intersection which is a multidiciplinary research area and also applications of sensors for biomedical instruments. He has worked on an innovative Automated Ligation Device for laparoscopy surgery to occlude vessels using a suture. He is focused on Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) wires and their applications. His current work is on control and application of SMA wire for locking and cutting mechanism in surgical devices including Automated Ligation Device. Reza's webpage.


Co-op Students:


Anthony Lawrence

Anthony Lawrence is an undergraduate Computer Science student. He has worked as a full time student in the lab working on various projects including a haptics enabled surgical simulator, developing and maintaining the lab website.


Paul(Lei) Hong

Paul(Lei) Hong was born in Harbin, China in 1989. When he was 20, he went to Xian Polytechnical University, Xian, China. He is selected as an exchange student to attend in Kettering University (formerly GMI). Currently he is working as a research assistant at REACH lab focusing on the water pipe leak prevention system. His research interests is mainly in the area of simulation and computational technology. He is also familiar with LabVIEW and NX.


Undergraduate Thesis students:


Christopher Barnard

Chris Barnard is a Senior Mechanical Engineering student. Working since January 2012, he has been pivotal in designing major components for a haptic-enabled medical device. Rapid prototyping, polymer extrusion, and material science.  Upon successful completion of his thesis with Dr. Zadeh, he will be graduating in July of 2012.



Lucas Bell

Lucas is a Senior III computer engineering student that has first worked as a co-op student and now a thesis student. While a co-op student, Lucas did 3d drawings of parts for a confidential project. Now as a thesis student he is doing animation for the marketing of the previously mentioned project.

Visiting students:


Laura Peters

She has attended Kettering University since summer of 2012 as a freshman studying Mechanical Engineering. During her work experience, she has learned aspects of the computer program LabVIEW, and has created virtual interfaces that communicated with the Haptics Lab’s robot. She has revised and corrected tutorials that a new user would find easier to follow, as well.



Alex Rablau

Alex was a visiting student from Cornell Univesity studying Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering. Alex worked on haptically-enabled surgical simulations to study user performance in haptic versus non-haptic simulations during summer 2012. The use of haptics, which provides the user with force-feedback, brings a new level of emersion and realism not seen in most simulations today. His research interests include applications in virtual reality, computer vision, machine learning and robotics.


Mohamed Elnaggar

Mohamed is studying Electrical Engineering at the British University in Egypt. He came to Kettering in summer as a part of his study in LOTUS scholarship program which is a scholarship provided by the USAID to 150 Egyptian students. His research was about the usage of optical force sensor in surgeries to detect the forces applied on the shaft of the Laparoscopic instrument inside the patient's body.

Lab Alumni 

Mohit Dave

Nick Cramer

Jim Jezewski

Edward Cana

Jesse Masters

Kelley Schenck

Alex Cermak

Lance July

John Holmen

Scott Fisackerly

Ana Tomboulian

Kabir Maiga

Thomas Sophie

Laura Peters

Shuwen Zhang

Kalanathlalith Gunturu

David Racine

Contact Us

Dr. Zadeh can be contacted by:

Phone: (810) 762-9500,  Ext. 5914
Fax    : (810) 762-9830
Office: AB 2-703-P

Mailing Address:

Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept.
Kettering University
1700 University Avenue
Flint, Michigan  48504