DIMLab - Design of Innovative Machines Lab

The Design of Innovative Machines Lab (the DIMLab) is home to the design team led by Dr. Drew Murray and Dr. Dave Myszka of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. The primary goal of the team is to create, design, build, and test novel machines and mechanisms for a variety of applications while generating the theory that supports these innovations. The DIMLab is in Kettering Labs, room 143, on the University of Dayton campus. 


On May 1st, Yucheng Li was awarded a Graduate Student Summer Fellowship. These awards are from the Graduate School at the University of Dayton and provide a stipend for the summer!

On February 15th, the DIMLab moved from Fitz Hall to Kettering Labs. Check out our new space:


On April 18th, seven DIMLab members presented their research at the Stander Symposium: 
  • Eric McGill- Design of a Self-Orienting Solar Array for Small Low-Earth Orbit Satellites 
  • Luke Schepers - Validating the Location and Tracking of a Human’s Center of Mass Using a Statically Equivalent Serial Chain  
  • Tanner Rolfe - Development and Actuation of a Shape-changing Rigid-body Human Foot Prototype
  • Hardik Viradiya - Dynamic Analysis of Alternative Mechanical Press Linkages
  • Kevin Brand - Experimental Validation and Reliability Testing for Center of Mass Body Tracking
  • Saleh Almestiri - Displacement Analysis and Rigid Body Guidance in Spherical Linkages Using SU(2) and Homotopy Continuation
  • Haithem Murgham - Steady-State Modeling of Condensing Units with an Economizer Loop 
  • Yucheng Li - Spatial Morphometric Analysis Using Shape-Changing Rigid-Body Chains
Their posters can be found here.

On March 27th, Drew Murray gave an invited presentation at Saint Louis University in the Parks College of Engineering, Avaition & Technology. The title of the talk was "The Links Between Things - Designs with Many Moving Parts." He was hosted by Riyadh Hindi.

In February, Dave Myszka was awarded an Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship.

On January 15th, Drew Murray gave an invited presentation in Nanjing, China at Southeast University. He then gave the presentation at Changzhou University in Changzhou, China on January 17th. The title of the talk was "Designing With Many (& Sometimes Too Many) Links: Shape-Changing Mechanisms in Dies and Morphometry, Infinity Chains, and Statically Equivalent Serial Chains." He was hosted in Nanjing by Bingjue Li and in Changzhou by Huiping Shen.