Gregory Buckner


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Dr. Buckner is interested in modeling, analysis, and control of dynamic systems, electromechanical systems, manufacturing automation, intelligent control, mechatronics

Dr. Buckner teaches Design of Electromechanical Systems (MAE 535), a graduate course he introduced in 2000. This course reviews the fundamentals of electromagnetic (EM) theory and introduces the computational tools needed for EM design. During the last half of the semester his students complete industry-sponsored EM machine design projects.

At the undergraduate level, Dr. Buckner teaches Engineering Dynamics (MAE 208) and Principles of Automatic Control (MAE 435). In Engineering Dynamics he brings to class guest lecturers who use engineering dynamics in their work. His Principles of Automatic Control culminates in a “hands on” design project, where students apply modeling and simulation tools to develop controllers which are validated computationally and experimentally. Dr. Buckner uses his research videos to illustrate the power of control systems, like one of an off-road vehicle showing the dramatic improvements in ride quality that can be obtained using an active suspension system.

Dr. Buckner’’s research is interesting to students because it focuses on the development of technologies that address human health needs, because it balances mechanical and electrical systems design, and because of its “hands-on” nature. His students are engaged in research and development using theoretical, computational and experimental tools with a focus on technology transfer and commercialization. Dr. Buckner’s students tend to be independent, motivated and creative.

Outside of work, Dr. Buckner enjoys spending time with his family, working outdoors, fishing and hunting.


Ph.D. 1996

Mechanical Engineering

University of Texas at Austin

M.S. 1987

Mechanical Engineering

Virginia Polytechnic Institute

B.S. 1986

Mechanical Engineering

Louisiana State University

Research Description

Dr. Buckner's long-term goal is to revolutionize cardio-thoracic surgery through the development of miniature robotic systems. Dr. Buckner is presently developing 1) actuation and control systems for robotic catheters, 2) innovative medical devices for minimally invasive surgery, and 3) intelligent control algorithms for electromechanical systems. Within MAE he collaborates with Dr. Dow, Dr. Eischen, Dr. Fang, Dr. Roberts, and Dr. Wu. Other research collaborators at NCSU include Dr. Cormier (ISE), Dr. Sanwald (MSE), Dr. Chanoit (CVM), and Prof. Laffitte (CID).


Multi-Objective Design Optimization of a Shape Memory Alloy Flexural Actuator dagger
Haigh, C. D., Crews, J. H., Wang, S., & Buckner, G. D. (2019), ACTUATORS, 8(1).
Retraction mechanics of Finochietto-style self-retaining thoracic retractors
Chanoit, G., Pell, C. A., Bolotin, G., Buckner, G. D., Williams, J. P., & Crenshaw, H. C. (2019), BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING ONLINE, 18.
A large air gap magnetic levitator for precise positioning of a clinical microcatheter: nonlinear modelling and control
Miller, S. R., Zaccardo, V. M., & Buckner, G. D. (2018), INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INTELLIGENT ROBOTICS AND APPLICATIONS, 2(4), 462–469.
Design optimization of a novel elastomeric baffle magnetorheological fluid device
Elliott, C. M., & Buckner, G. D. (2018), JOURNAL OF INTELLIGENT MATERIAL SYSTEMS AND STRUCTURES, 29(19), 3774–3791.
An offset hub active vibration control system for mitigating helicopter vibrations during power loss: Simulation and experimental demonstration
Kakaley, D. E., Jolly, M. R., & Buckner, G. D. (2018), Aerospace Science and Technology, 77, 610–625.
Real-time estimation of helicopter rotor blade kinematics through measurement of rotation induced acceleration
Allred, C. J., Churchill, D., & Buckner, G. D. (2017), Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 91, 183–197.
Design optimization and analysis of a prescribed vibration system
Malinga, B., Ferguson, S. M., & Buckner, G. D. (2016), In Proceedings of the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, 2016, Vol 2b (pp. 353–360).
Design optimization of a prescribed vibration system using conjoint value analysis
Malinga, B., & Buckner, G. D. (2016), Engineering Optimization, 48(12), 2090–2113.
Solid tumor embolotherapy in hepatic arteries with an anti-reflux catheter system
Xu, Z. L., Jernigan, S., Kleinstreuer, C., & Buckner, G. D. (2016), Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 44(4), 1036–1046.
Innovation in catheter design for intra-arterial liver cancer treatments results in favorable particle-fluid dynamics
Hoven, A. F., Lam, M. G. E. H., Jernigan, S., Bosch, M. A. A. J., & Buckner, G. D. (2015), Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research, 34.

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Mobile UAS Mothership for Subterranean Mapping and Monitoring
US Army - Army Research Office(11/30/-1 - 2/14/20)
Autonomous Sensing Platforms for Subterranean Mapping and Monitoring
US Army - Army Research Office(4/01/18 - 2/28/19)
Design, Fabrication and Testing of Smart Material Carrier Basket Arrays (smCBAs) for Automated Analysis of 3D Cell Cultures
National Institutes of Health (NIH)(5/04/18 - 10/31/18)
Experimental Validation of Variable Geometry Spray Fuel Injection Technology
Chancellor's Innovation Fund (CIF)(7/01/14 - 12/30/15)
A Novel Approach to the Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmia: A Robotic Catheter For Epicardial Pacing Lead Placement
National Institutes of Health (NIH)(11/30/-1 - 6/30/13)
A Novel Approach to the Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmia: A Robotic Catheter For Epicardial Pacing Lead Placement
State of North Carolina(6/22/09 - 12/31/09)
Variable Geometry Spray Fuel Injection: Investigating its Effects on Combustion Efficiency and Emissions
National Science Foundation (NSF)(8/15/09 - 7/31/12)
A Novel Approach to the Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmia: A Robotic Catheter For Epicardial Pacing Lead Placement
National Institutes of Health (NIH)(2/16/09 - 11/15/09)
Dynamic Tire Modeling for Off-Road Vehicles: Applications to Semi-Active Vehicle Suspensions
Lord Corporation(1/22/08 - 7/22/09)
GE-F110 Agile Combat Support - Intelligent Event Detection
US Dept. of Defense (DOD)(5/24/06 - 12/31/07)