Dr. Vikram   Kapila

Dr. Vikram Kapila

Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Journal Articles

  •  K. Williams, I. Igel, R. Poveda, V. Kapila, and M. Iskander, “Enriching K-12 Science and Mathematics Education Using LEGOs,” Advances in Engineering Education, Vol. 3, No. 2, summer 2012.
  •  C. Dubey and V. Kapila, “Wave Fractal Dimension as a Tool in Detecting Cracks in Beam Structures,” Chaotic Modeling and Simulation (CMSIM), 1: 241—256, 2012.
  •  M. Iskander and V. Kapila, “Revitalizing Achievement by Using Instrumentation in Science Education (RAISE), A GK-12 Fellows Project,” Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, Vol. 138, 62—72, 2012.
  •  I. Igel, R. Poveda, V. Kapila, and M. Iskander, “Examining the Efficacy of a LEGO Robotics Training for Volunteer Mentors and K-12 Teachers,” Proc. Amer. Soc. Eng. Ed., Session: W146A, San Antonio, TX, June 2012.
  •  A. Faisal, V. Kapila, and M. Iskander, “Using Robotics to Promote Learning in Elementary Grades,” Proc. Amer. Soc. Eng. Ed., June 2012, Session: T446, San Antonio, TX, June 2012.
  •  C. Dubey and V. Kapila, “Detection and Characterization of Cracks in Beams via Chaotic Excitation and Statistical Analysis,” in Application of Chaos and Nonlinear Dynamics in Engineering, S. Banerjee, M. Mitra, and L. Rondoni (Eds.), 137—164. Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 2011, ISBN-10: 3642219217.
  •  C. Dubey, H. Wong, V. Kapila, and P. Kumar, “Web-Enabled Remote Control Laboratory Using an Embedded Ethernet Microcontroller,” in Internet Accessible Remote Laboratories: Scalable E-learning Tools for Engineering and Science Disciplines, A.K.M. Azad, M.E. Auer, and V.J. Harward  (Eds.), 338—361, IGI Global, USA, 2011, DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61350-186-3.
  •  N. Abaid, C. Yuvienco, V. Kapila, and M. Iskander, “Mechatronics Mania at the Inaugural USA Science and Engineering Festival,” IEEE Control Systems Magazine, Vol. 31, 105—110, 124, 2011.
  •  S.-H. Lee, V. Kapila, M. Porfiri, and A. Panda, “Master-Slave Synchronization of Continuously and Intermittently Coupled Sampled-Data Chaotic Oscillators,” Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation, Vol. 15, 4100—4113, 2010.
  •  I. Ahmed, H. Wong, and V. Kapila, “Internet-Based Remote Control using a Microcontroller and an Embedded Ethernet Board,” ASEE Computers in Education Journal, Vol. I, 15—21, 2010.

 

Education

Georgia Institute of Technology

Doctor of Philosophy,

Florida Institute of Technology

Master of Science,

Regional Engineering College , Calicut, India

Bachelor of Technology,

Experience

Polytechnic Institute of New York University

Professor

Instruction in graduate and undergraduate system dynamics and control courses and development of externally funded research program in robust control.

From: April 2011 to present

Polytechnic Institute of New York University

Associate Professor

Instruction in graduate and undergraduate system dynamics and control courses and development of externally funded research program in robust control.

From: September 2002 to April 2011

Polytechnic Institute of New York University

Assistant Professor

Instruction in graduate and undergraduate system dynamics and control courses and development of externally funded research program in robust control.

From: September 1996 to August 2002

Georgia Institute of Technology

Research Associate

Developed theoretical and computational tools for robust fixed-order controller synthesis.

From: January 1996 to August 1996

Georgia Institute of Technology

Adjunct Faculty

Undergraduate instruction in Vibrations and System Dynamics.

From: March 1996 to June 1996

Georgia Institute of Technology

Teaching Assistant

Undergraduate laboratory instruction in Flight Mechanics and Control.

From: January 1996 to March 1996

Georgia Institute of Technology

Graduate Research Assistant

Conducted research to develop robust controller analysis and synthesis tools for uncertain systems.

From: January 1994 to January 1996

Florida Institute of Technology

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Undergraduate instruction in Statics, Dynamics, and Materials Laboratory. Conducted research to develop periodic and multirate control algorithms.

From: September 1991 to December 1993

Production, Rajinder Pipes and Leasings Limited, India

Trainee Engineer

Developed production tools for electrical resistance welding (ERW) tubes and supervised shift production.

From: October 1989 to February 1990

Machine Tools, Progressive Spark Systems Private Limited, India

Project Engineer

Developed machine tool hardware for electro-discharge machines (EDM) and CNC wire EDM.

From: October 1988 to September 1989

In Recent School News

Robo-Learning and Making Science Fun

Awards + Distinctions

  • Received NYU-Poly’s leadership award (2012), Jacobs Excellence in Education Award (2011, 2008, 2002), and the Distinguished Teacher Award (2003).
  • Invited to the U.S. National Science and Engineering Expo, Washington, DC, April 27—29, 2012. Our showcase “Mobile Apps for Robotics,” was one of only 16 NSF-funded research and education projects selected by NSF to be featured at the event.
  • Awarded the 2011 Outstanding Project Award for Efforts in Sustainability and Media by the National Science Foundation at the GK-12 Fellows Project Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, March 13, 2011.
  • Invited to the U.S. National Science and Engineering Expo, Washington, DC, October 23—24, 2010. Our showcase “Mechatronics Mania,” was one of only 15 NSF-funded research and education projects selected by NSF to be featured at the event.
  • Selected for a three-year term as a Senior Faculty Fellow of NYU-Poly’s Othmer Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (Fall 2004—Summer 2007).
  • Presented an invited Plenary Lecture titled “Hands-on Mechatronics Education: A Brooklyn Poly Perspective,” at the 17th Florida Conference on the Recent Advances in Robotics held at the University of Central, Orlando, FL, May 2004.
  • Inducted as an eminent engineer in Tau Beta Pi, The Engineering Honor Society, upon invitation from student members of Polytechnic chapter, the NY Rho (November 2003).

Research Interests

K-12 STEM education; mechatronics; robotics; smart sensors; engineering applications of chaos; cooperative control; distributed spacecraft formation control; linear/nonlinear control with applications to robust control, saturation control, and time-delay systems; closed-loop input shaping; spacecraft attitude control; DSP/PC/microcontroller-based real-time control.