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Neuro-Mechanical Intelligence Laboratory (NeuroMINT)
Asst. Prof. Nicholas Szczecinski


Current Personnel

Personnel of NeuroMINT laboratory

Principal Investigator

Nicholas Szczecinski, Ph.D.

Nicholas Szczecinski, Principal Investigator
Curriculum vitae
Nick's Publications

Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Gesa Dinges

Photograph of Gesa Dinges, postdoctoral fellow

Gesa completed a B.Sc. in Biology at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, and an M.Sc. in Clinical and Experimental Neurosciences and a Dr. rer. nat. in Neurobiology at the University of Cologne, Germany. Now, as a Walter-Benjamin Postdoctoral Fellow, Gesa is investigating both how natural variability in biological load sensors affects strain measurements and how to integrate campaniform sensilla into insect-like robots. 

Gesa's Publications

Doctoral Students

Clarus Goldsmith

Clarus Goldsmith, doctoral student

Clarus completed a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, USA before joining the NeuroMINT Lab on day one in fall 2020. Now, as a third year PhD student, Clarus is interested in the interplay between mechanics and the nervous system and how insect structures can lead to robust locomotion. Clarus is currently working on developing a neurorobotic test platform modeled after Drosophila melanogaster 

Clarus' Publications

Bohdan Zadokha

Bohdan Zadokha

Bohdan completed a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Micro- and Nanosystem Technology at the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, Ukraine before joining the NeuroMINT Lab in fall 2021. Now, as a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering, Bohdan is interested in the neuromorphic computing of locomotion as well as in implementing control theory (e.g., impedance control) into insect-like robots. Bohdan is currently investigating the roles of positive and negative force feedback in locomotion. 

Masters Students

Sheldon Johnson

Sheldon, Master's student

Sheldon completed a B.S in Physics at Gettysburg College, USA before joining the NeuroMINT lab in May 2023. Now, as a Master’s student in WVU’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, Sheldon is interested in unsupervised learning within synthetic nervous system models. Sheldon is currently working to replicate the plasticity and stability of sensorimotor learning in the cerebellum of the electric fish.

Foster Holmquist

Master's student Foster

Foster completed a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at West Virginia University, USA, joining NeuroMINT during his senior year spring 2023. Now, as a Master’s student in Mechanical Engineering, Foster is interested in compliant robotics and embodied synthetic nervous systems. Foster is currently working on integrating passive viscoelasticity into robot joints to mimic properties found in biological limbs for improved neural control.

Isabella Kudyba

Isabella completed a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at West Virginia University, USA in December 2023. She joined the NeuroMINT lab in 2022, investigating how co-contraction of muscles in animal joints can be mimicked in servo-motor control. Now, Isabella is a Master's student in Mechanical Engineering, interested in how force feedback during walking can be used in the control of locomotion.

Undergraduate Students

Daniel McDonald

Mitchell Ruland

Personnel of NeuroMINT laboratory in Fall 2022


Past Graduate Students

William Zyhowski

M.S. Thesis

Chloe Guie

Past Undergraduate Students

Elaine Freed

Chad Mohn

Shamil Patel

Daisy Levine

Noah Miller

Jacob Yancosek