Gregory Buckner

Professor

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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.

Education

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).

Publications

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
van den Hoven, A. F., Lam, M. G. E. H., Jernigan, S., van den Bosch, M. A. A. J., & Buckner, G. D. (2015), Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research, 34.
Selective internal radiation therapy: Quantifying distal penetration and distribution of resin and glass microspheres in a surrogate arterial model
Jernigan, S. R., Osborne, J. A., Mirek, C. J., & Buckner, G. (2015), Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, 26(6), 897-904.
Selective internal radiation therapy: Quantifying distal penetration and distribution of resin and glass microspheres in a surrogate arterial model
Jernigan S. R., Osborne, J. A., Mirek C. J., & Buckner G. D. (2015), Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, 26(6), 897-904.
Path optimization and control of a shape memory alloy actuated catheter for endocardial radiofrequency ablation
Wiest, J. H., & Buckner, G. D. (2015), Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 65, 88-97.
Indirect intelligent sliding mode control of antagonistic shape memory alloy actuators using hysteretic recurrent neural networks
Wiest, J. H., & Buckner, G. D. (2014), IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 22(3), 921-929.
Multi-objective design optimization of a variable geometry spray fuel injector
Archer, J. R., Fang, T. G., Ferguson, S., & Buckner, G. D. (2014), Journal of Mechanical Design (New York, N.Y. : 1990), 136(4).
Indirect intelligent sliding mode control using hysteretic recurrent neural networks with application to a shape memory alloy actuated beam
Hannen, J. C., & Buckner, G. D. (2013), (Proceedings of the asme conference on smart materials, adaptive structures and intelligent systems, vol 1, ) (pp. 295-303).
Modeling and experimental validation of shape memory alloy bending actuators
Haigh, C. D., Crews, J. H., Wang, S. Q., & Buckner, G. D. (2012), (Proceedings of the ASME Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems, vol 2, ) (pp. 79-87).

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Grants

Autonomous Robotics for Aquatic Plant Management
United Phosphorus, Inc. (UPI)(4/01/16 - 3/31/18)
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)
LAT - Live Axis Turning
National Science Foundation (NSF)(4/01/06 - 9/30/09)
Development of a Dry Etch Process for Piezoelectric Materials and Electrical Characterization
US Dept. of Energy (DOE)(1/21/04 - 9/30/06)