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Alexander Leonessa

Professor
  • Thrust Area Specialty: Robotics, Autonomous, and Dynamical Systems
Alexander Leonessa
227 Goodwin Hall (0238)
635 Prices Fork Road
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Research Interests

  • Control Theory and Robotics
  • Autonomous Ground, Aerial, Surface, and Underwater Vehicles
  • Rehabilitation Robotics, Brain Computer Interfaces, and Sensory-Motor Neuroprosthesis

See Dr. Leonessa's publications and research on Google Scholar and ResearchGate.

  • 2018-Present, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • 2014-Present, Program Director, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA
  • 2011-2018, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • 2010-Present, Primary Faculty Member, School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, Virginia Tech
  • 2007-2011, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • 2009, Visiting Scientist, NATO Undersea Research Center, La Spezia, Italy
  • 2003-2007, Assistant Professor, Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering, University of Central Florida
  • 2000-2003, Assistant Professor, Department of Ocean Engineering, Florida Atlantic University
  • 1995-1999, Research Assistant, School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 1995-1996, Maintenance Supervisor Engineer, Alitalia Airlines, Rome, Italy
  • 1993-1994, Italian Navy – Coast Guard, Italy
  • 2013 – Dean’s Award for Outreach
  • 2013 – Excellence in Access and Inclusion Award, Office of Services for Students with Disabilities
  • 2011 – Dean’s Award, Outstanding New Assistant Professor
  • 2006 – Pi Tau Sigma, Advisor of the Year
  • 2005 – Golden Apple Academic Inspiration Award
  • 2005 – Pi Tau Sigma, Advisor of the Year
  • 2002 – Researcher of the Year Award, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
  • 1998 – Student Best Paper Award Finalist, IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Tampa, FL
  • 1995 – Best Paper of Session Award, American Control Conference, Albuquerque, NM
  • 1993 – Best Dissertation Award, “La Sapienza” University, Rome, Italy
  • Ph.D. - Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Tech, 1999
  • M.S., Applied Mathematics, Georgia Tech, 1999
  • M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Tech, 1997
  • B.S., Aeronautical Engineering, University of Rome "La Sapienza," 1993