Dr. Behnam Bahr is currently a professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at California State University, Long Beach. He received Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering, and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been teaching CAD/CAM, robotics, controls, and mechatronics laboratories. His research has been in the areas of manufacturing, biologically inspired robotics, inspection and automation. He has authored and coauthored more than 70 journals and conference papers, and has graduated more than 45 graduate students.
He is current working on machining/drilling of composite materials and development of green composites using natural fibers. He is also doing research in the areas of search and rescue robotics (funded by CCDoTT), man-machine interface (funded by Boeing), exoskeleton for person-centered technologies and practices for individuals with disabilities with funding from the NSF. Dr. Bahr received FAA faculty fellowships from 1989 to 1992 while working at the FAA Technical Center in New Jersey. He has been the PI/Co-PI of more than $3 million in external research grants in the areas of manufacturing, robotics, and automation, which were funded by government agencies and the aviation industry.