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William Messner

Professor
Mechanical Engineering
John R. Beaver Professor

Professor William Messner

William Messner

Professor
Mechanical Engineering
John R. Beaver Professor

Phone 617.627.5760
Robinson Hall, Room 162
200 College Avenue, Medford, MA
Research: 
controls, robotics, mechatronics, data storage systems, biomedical instrumentation
Biography: 

William Messner joined Tufts School of Engineering in 2012 after more than 19 years in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. There, he held secondary appointments in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and in the Robotics Institute. While at Carnegie Mellon, he co-developed the web-based tutorials for the popular software packages MATLABĀ® and SimulinkĀ®. He is a fellow of the AAAS and the ASME, and a winner of the Education Award from ASME's Dynamic Systems and Controls Division. Messner also received the EDUCOM Medal, which recognized his outstanding contributions to improving undergraduate education through information technology.

Education: 
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California-Berkeley, 1992
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California-Berkeley, 1989
B.S., Mathematics, MIT, 1985
Professional Experience: 
2012-present:

Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering

2012-2015:

Special Government Employee, United States Air Force Scientific Advisory Board

1993-2012:

Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

2005-2007:

Visiting Senior Scientist, Brigham and Women's Hospital

2005-2007:

Visiting Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

1985-1987:

Staff Engineer, BBN Laboratories

Research Interests: 

William Messner's research interests include automatic control systems with an emphasis on applications to data storage systems, robotics, microfluidics, and biological systems and instrumentation. He devises insightful and user-friendly methods for controller design.

Selected Honors and Awards: 
Five-Time Mechanical Engineering Professor of the Year, Carnegie Mellon University
2009: Benjamin Richard Teare Teaching Award, Carnegie Mellon College of Engineering
2006: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Fellowship, NIH
2004: Elected Senior Member, IEEE
2003: Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
2003: Elected Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
2003: Education Award, Dynamic Systems and Controls Division, ASME
1997: EDUCOM Medal
Professional Memberships: 
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Patents: 
Messner, W., Kim Y., LeDuc, P. "3D chemical pattern control in 2D fluidics devices," U.S. Patent 8,695,618 B2.
Messner, W., Bain, J.A. "Systems and methods for magnetic head translation," U.S. Patent 8,289,659.
Messner, W., Bain, J., Fedder, G. "Micromachined electrothermal rotary actuator," U.S. Patent 8243397.
Messner, W., Bhagavatula, V., Bain, J., Suzuki, H., Nabavi, S. "Simultaneous bit pattern determination and head positional information detection on patterned media," U.S. Patent 7,948,708.
Messner, W., Lin, X., Zhu, J-G. "Frequency modulation pattern for position error signal generation for disk drives," U.S. Patent 6,754,016.
Messner, W., Schlesinger, T., Stancil, D. "Two-dimensional electro-optic beam scanner," U.S. Patent 6,480,323.

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