Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

IUPUI School of Engineering and Technology

Current Projects

  • Agricultural Robotics (AgBot) Challenge

  • Faculty: Andres Tovar, Michael Golub, Sohel Anwar, Hazim El-Mounayri, Lingxi Li
  • Industry Advisors: Tim Allen (A&R Erectors)
  • Students: Homero Valladares (MS), Joe Derrick (MS), Sifin Abdulkarim (MS), William Waugh (BS), Richard Schneider (BS), Marko Saad (BS), Richard Lindsay (BS), Kaz Tamura (BS), Kristin LaBounty (BS), Steven Tragesser (BS).

Previous Projects

  • Nonlinear Crashworthiness Design Tool Development Using Hybrid Cellular Automata

  • Tovar, A. (Sole PI)
  • Honda R&D Americas ($60,000, Tovar’s portion: 100%)
  • April 2012 – May 2013
  • Nanocomposite Materials Design Optimization with Experimental Validation for Engineered Microstructure at Multiple Length-Scales

  • Tovar, A. (Sole PI)
  • AFOSR, Sub-contract from the University of Notre Dame. ($69,860, Tovar’s portion: 100%)
  • October 2012 – September 2013
  • Design of space exploration vehicle structures and mechanisms for operation in uncertain environments

  • Tovar, A. (Sole PI)
  • Indiana Space Grant Consortium (INSGC), Discovery Program – Research Initiation Experience Award ($10,000, Tovar’s portion: 100%)
  • May 2012 – May 2013
  • Agent-based design of ultra-lightweight materials and components

  • Tovar, A. (PI) and S. Mukhopadhyay (co-PI)
  • IUPUI Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Institute (MURI) grant ($15,800, Tovar’s portion: 50%)
  • Summer 2013
  • Development of Advanced Direct-generated G-code CNC program based on NURBS geometry

  • Tovar, A. (co-PI), H. El-Mounayri (co-PI)
  • BISHOP Steering Technology Inc. ($4,000 for student support)
  • Summer 2013
  • Crash Analysis and Multidisciplinary Design Optimization of Lightweight Vehicle Chassis: Application to Electric Vehicle Design

  • Tovar, A. (Advisor), Grimany, S. (Student)
  • 2011 – 2012 Excellence Research Fund, Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI ($2,430 for student support)
  • December 2011 – April 2012
  • Multifunctional Nano-Ceramic Composite Design Optimization and Blast-Worthiness Design Using Hybrid Cellular Automata for Improved Soldier Survivability

  • Tovar, A. (Sole PI)
  • U.S. Army TARDEC/Mississippi State University, Simulation Based Reliability and Safety (SimBRS) Program, Sub-contract from the University of Notre Dame, Sub-award 201506 ($61,551, Tovar’s portion: 100%)
  • August 2011 – March 2012