Pinhas Ben-Tzvi

Mechanical Engineering Department


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto, 2008
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto, 2004
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, 2000

Selected Honors

Excellence in Teaching Award, VT College of Engineering, 2019
IJCAS Academic Activity Award, 2013, 2019
Faculty Fellow, VT College of Engineering, 2018
ICMSCE Keynote Speech Award, 2018
Virginia Tech Inventor of the Month, 2016
GW SEAS Outstanding Young Researcher Award, 2013
GW SEAS Outstanding Young Teacher Award, 2013
IEEE Senior Member, 2012
Summa Cum Laude, B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, 2000



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Selected Projects

Autonomous mobile robots with symbiosis of mobility and manipulation and modular and reconfigurable mobile robotics for search & rescue and hazardous environment sensing and monitoring

Design of intelligent biomimetic robotic tails for robust dynamic stabilization and agile maneuvering of mobile robots on rough terrain

Autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) launch and recovery from naval vessels, and wireless telemetry systems for remote sensing and monitoring in naval applications

Development and testing of co-operative scalable field robots for casualty extraction and evacuation in hazardous environments (e.g., disaster response; the aftermath of a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) event)

Haptics devices and upper-extremity exoskeletons for robot control and rehabilitation therapy

Dr. Pinhas Ben-Tzvi
Dr. Pinhas Ben-Tzvi
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    465 Goodwin Hall
    635 Prices Fork Road
    Blacksburg, VA 24061