Yonas Tadesse

Associate Professor - Mechanical Engineering
Tags: Electrical Engineering Mechanical Engineering Computer Engineering

Professional Preparation

PhD - Mechanical Engineering
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - 2009
M Tech - Mechanical Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay - 2005
B.S. - Mechanical Engineering
Addis Ababa University - 2000

Research Areas

Research Interests
Humanoid robotics, emerging applications of smart materials, sensors, and actuators, mechatronic system, multimodal energy harvesting, modeling, controls and biomimetics.
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H. Kim, Y. Tadesse and S. Priya “Chapter 1: Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting”, Energy Harvesting Technologies (Hardcover) by Shashank Priya (Ed.), Daniel J. Inman (Ed.), Springer. forthcoming - Publication
3D printing PLA and silicone elastomer structures with sugar solution support material 2017 - Conference Paper
Characterization of coiled SMA actuators for humanoid robot 2017 - Conference Paper
Compact and low-cost humanoid hand powered by nylon artificial muscles 2017 - Journal Article
IGrab: Hand orthosis powered by twisted and coiled polymer muscles 2017 - Journal Article
Modeling of twisted and coiled polymer (TCP) muscle based on phenomenological approach 2017 - Journal Article
3D printed dancing humanoid robot 'Buddy' for homecare 2016 - Conference Paper
A novel design of thermostat based on fishing line muscles 2016 - Conference Paper
A reconfigurable robot with tensegrity structure using nylon artificial muscles 2016 - Conference Paper
Design of a 3D printed hand prosthesis actuated by nylon 6-6 polymer based artificial muscles 2016 - Conference Paper

Additional Information

Major Honors and Awards
  •  Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award  from Office of Naval Research (ONR), 2015.
  • Featured Articles in a cover page of Smart materials and Structures, “Fuel-powered robotic jellyfish” IOP Science, 2012.
  • Biography listed in Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering, 11th edition
  •  Featured article, Multimodal energy harvesting system: piezoelectric and electromagnetic, featured in “the 50 Most-Frequently Read Articles in 2008, 2009, 2010”†), Journal of Intelligent materials Systems and Structure.
  •  Featured article, Polypyrrole composite actuator, in “most accessed articles of 2008” in Smart materials and structure, IOP Science.
  •  Membership, ASME, IEEE, SPIE, NSBE and ACS
  •  Scholarship, STEM Automation and robotics research Institute, UTA Texas, 2005-2007.
  •  Meritorious contribution: in soccer team, Indian institute of Technology, Bombay, 2004-2005.
  •  Scholarship, Indian institute of Technology, Bombay, India, 2003-2005.
  •  Great distinction: (NOE), National Ethiopian School Leaving Exam, 1995.

News Articles

Young Investigator Awards Help Bring Professors' Creativity to Life
Two rising stars in research at UT Dallas have been recognized for their promise and creativity.
Dr. Yonas Tadesse and Dr. Majid Minary, of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, have been named recipients in the 2015 Young Investigator Program (YIP) by the Office of Naval Research, and will receive up to $170,000 a year in funding for three years.

YIP seeks to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who are in their first or second tenure-track appointments. This is the second consecutive year that two Jonsson School faculty members have received YIP awards.
Researchers Unveil Robot Jellyfish Built on Nanotechnology
Researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas and Virginia Tech have created an undersea vehicle inspired by the common jellyfish that runs on renewable energy and could be used in ocean rescue and surveillance missions.

In a study published this week in Smart Materials and Structures, scientists created a robotic jellyfish, dubbed Robojelly, that feeds off hydrogen and oxygen gases found in water.

“We’ve created an underwater robot that doesn’t need batteries or electricity,” said Dr. Yonas Tadesse, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at UT Dallas and lead author of the study. “The only waste released as it travels is more water.”
Researchers Showcase Labs, Latest Advancements at Science in the City

The University of Texas at Dallas teamed up with The Dallas Morning News to give the public a chance to see the research being done on campus during Science in the City on March 30. Scientists, graduate students and professors showed off their work in bioengineering, nanotechnology, mechanical engineering and neuroscience to groups of eager participants.

Dr. Shalini Prasad
, Cecil H. and Ida Green Professor in Systems Biology Science in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, and her team presented a device that detects pesticides in produce.

Dr. Ray Baughman
, director of the Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute and the Robert A. Welch Distinguished Chair in Chemistry in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and his team demonstrated how to make artificial muscles from nylon fishing line, while Dr. Yonas Tadesse, associate professor of mechanical engineering, showed how he uses those muscles in his robotics research.

Dr. Ted Price
BS’97, Eugene McDermott Professor of neuroscience in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, showcased his research on pain in the Bioengineering and Sciences Building. Participants also toured the new Engineering and Computer Science West building and saw a demonstration of a self-driving robotic car in a session led by Dr. Tyler Summers, assistant professor of mechanical engineering.