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Ephrahim Garcia

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  • Ephrahim Garcia
  • Dept: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Title: Professor
  • Address: Room 224 Upson Hall
  • Phone: 607 255-4366
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Biography

Dr. Garcia is interested in several areas of dynamics and controls, especially sensors and actuators involving smart materials. 

Current Projects

  • Modeling and Analyses of Flapping Wings 
  • Design and Control of Nanoscale Smart Material Actuators
  • Control of Reconfigurable Morphing Aircraft 
  • Energy Harvesting for Biological Systems: Lab-on-a-Bird
  • Aeroelastic Energy Harvesting Modeling with Applications to Urban Terrain
  • Artificial Muscles for a Bipedal Walking Robot
  • Mesoscale Hydraulics for Bio-inspired Robots

Selected Publications

  • Bryant, Matthew, Ephrahim Garcia. 2011. "Modeling and Testing of a Novel Aeroelastic Flutter Energy Harvester." Journal of Vibration and Acoustics 133 (1): 011010-011021.
  • Shafer, M., M. Bryant, Ephrahim Garcia. 2012. "Designing maximum power output into piezoelectric energy harvesters." Smart Materials and Structures 21: 8.
  • Tiwari, R., M. A. Meller, K. B. Wajcs, C. Moses, I. Reveles, Ephrahim Garcia. 2012. "Hydraulic Actuated Muscles." Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures 23 (3): 301-312.
  • Bryant, M., R. L. Mahtani, Ephrahim Garcia. 2012. "Wake Synergies Enhance Performance in Aeroelastic Vibration Energy Harvesting." Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures 23 (10): 1131-1141.
  • Wickenheiser, A. M., Ephrahim Garcia. 2010. "Power Optimization of Vibration Energy Harvesters Utilizing Passive and Active Circuits". 21 (13) 1342-1361. Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures.

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Selected Awards and Honors

  • AIAA Abe M. Zarem Advisor Award in Aeronautics, 2010 & 2011 (AIAA Guidance Navigation and Control Conference) 2010
  • Merrill Presidential Scholar Advisor Recognition 2010
  • Merrill Presidential Scholar Advisor Recognition 2008
  • ASEE Air Force Summer Faculty Fellow, Eglin AFB, Florida 2005
  • Dennis G. Sheppard Teaching Award (Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering) 2006

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Education

  • BS (Aerospace Engineering), State University of New York at Buffalo, 1985
  • MS (Aerospace Engineering), State University of New York at Buffalo, 1988
  • Ph D (Aerospace Engineering), State University of New York at Buffalo, 1990