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Dennis Hong

Dennis Hong

Associate Professsor

Mechanical Engineering


105 Randolph Hall
540-231-9100 (fax)




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Dennis W. Hong is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech. He received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1994, his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in 1999 and 2002, respectively. As the director of RoMeLa (Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory) at Virginia Tech, his research is funded by the National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, DARPA, and by the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Dr. Hong is a two-time recipient of the Magoon Award (1998 and 1999) for excellence in teaching at Purdue University, won the ASME Freudenstein / General Motors Young Investigator Award and the 2nd Annual Biomimicry Award / Best Paper Award at the 29th ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Conference (2005), the ASPIRES Award (2004) at Virginia Tech, and was selected as a NASA Summer Faculty Fellow at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California (2005). Dr. Hong also has patents for a device for medical applications. Dr. Hong’s research interests lie in the area of robotics with a focus on:

* biologically inspired robot locomotion
* design and analysis of mechanical systems
* kinematics and dynamics of robotic systems

Dr. Hong is also a serious gourmet chef and a magician performing annual charity magic shows and giving lectures on the science of magic.


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