Robert H. Sturges



Research Areas

Main Area:  Manufacturing Systems Engineering

  • Design theory and methodology
  • Product and process design
  • Manufacturing and assembly processes
  • Robotics
  • Flexible manufacturing systems

Research Accomplishments

Sixteen US Patents. Developed a quantification of machine and human dexterity (1985), invented spatial remote center compliance device (1992), demonstrated feasibility of robot-assisted fiber-composite manufacture (2002), showed that performance is predictable from behavior in a material-handling environment (2004), modeled manufacturing systems with modern control theory (2009), invented rapid removal of hard-to-machine materials (2014).

  • Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, 1985
  • B.S.-M.S., MIT, 1969

  • Manufacturing Processes (theory plus laboratory)
  • Industrial Automation
  • Robotics

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Robert H. Sturges

Robert H. Sturges
Robert H. Sturges
  • (540) 320-3743
  • 103 Durham Hall
    (MC 0118)
    1145 Perry Street
    Blacksburg, VA 24061