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).


Active magnetic dampers for controlling lateral rotor vibration in high-speed rotating shafts
Zaccardo, V. M., & Buckner, G. D. (2021), MECHANICAL SYSTEMS AND SIGNAL PROCESSING, 152.
The Cost-Sorted Distance Method for Identifying Minima Within Firefly Optimization Results: Application to Engineering Design
Elliott, C. M., Ferguson, S. M., & Buckner, G. D. (2021), JOURNAL OF COMPUTING AND INFORMATION SCIENCE IN ENGINEERING, 21(1).
A large air gap magnetic levitator for intra-arterial positioning of a clinical microcatheter: design, fabrication, and preliminary experimental evaluation
Design and testing of a centrifugal fluidic device for populating microarrays of spheroid cancer cell cultures
Weisler, W., Miller, S., Jernigan, S., Buckner, G., & Bryant, M. (2020), JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING, 14(1).
Dynamic Modeling for Bi-Modal, Rotary Wing, Rolling-Flying Vehicles
Energetic analysis and optimization of a bi-modal rolling-flying vehicle
Atay, S., Jenkins, T., Buckner, G., & Bryant, M. (2020), INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INTELLIGENT ROBOTICS AND APPLICATIONS, 4(1), 3–20.
Gastric artery embolization: studying the effects of catheter type and injection method on microsphere distributions within a benchtop arterial model
Jernigan, S. R., Osborne, J. A., & Buckner, G. D. (2020), BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING ONLINE, 19(1).
Non-contacting measurement of torque and axial translation in high-speed rotating shafts
Kakaley, D. E., Altieri, R. E., & Buckner, G. D. (2020), MECHANICAL SYSTEMS AND SIGNAL PROCESSING, 138.
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.

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Enhanced Management and Impact Assessment of Invasive Aquatic Plants Through Machine Learning-Based Classification
(8/21/20 - 6/30/22)
Mobile UAS Mothership for Subterranean Mapping and Monitoring
(1/14/19 - 2/14/21)
Autonomous Sensing Platforms for Subterranean Mapping and Monitoring
(4/01/18 - 2/28/19)
Design, Fabrication and Testing of Smart Material Carrier Basket Arrays (smCBAs) for Automated Analysis of 3D Cell Cultures
(5/04/18 - 10/31/18)
Experimental Validation of Variable Geometry Spray Fuel Injection Technology
(7/01/14 - 12/30/15)
A Novel Approach to the Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmia: A Robotic Catheter For Epicardial Pacing Lead Placement
(11/30/-1 - 6/30/13)
A Novel Approach to the Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmia: A Robotic Catheter For Epicardial Pacing Lead Placement
(6/22/09 - 12/31/09)
Variable Geometry Spray Fuel Injection: Investigating its Effects on Combustion Efficiency and Emissions
(8/15/09 - 7/31/12)
A Novel Approach to the Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmia: A Robotic Catheter For Epicardial Pacing Lead Placement
(2/16/09 - 11/15/09)
Dynamic Tire Modeling for Off-Road Vehicles: Applications to Semi-Active Vehicle Suspensions
(1/22/08 - 7/22/09)