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Thomas Alberts

  • Thomas Alberts
  • Professor
  • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
  • 1313 Engr and Comp Sci Bldg
  • Norfolk, VA 23529
  • 757-683-3736
  • talberts@odu.edu
  • Education

    Georgia Institute of Technology, 1986
    Major: Mechanical and Aerospace Eng., Dynamics and Controls, Vibrations, Robotics
    Degree: Ph. D.
    University of Wisconsin, 1983
    Major: Mechanical Engineering
    Degree: M.S.
    University of Wisconsin, 1982
    Major: Mechanical Engineering
    Degree: B.S.
  • 2010: Excellence in Industrial Partering Award, Batten College of Engineering and and Technology
  • 1999: Listed Lexingtons Who's Who
  • 1996: Listed Marquis in Who's Who in Finance and Industry, Maquis Who's Who
  • 1996: Listed Marquis in Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Maquis Who's Who
  • 1995: SERC Visiting Fellowship, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
  • 1994: SERC Visiting Fellowship, University College of Swansea, Wales UK
  • 1993: Visiting Scholar, University of California Berkeley
  • 1993: Visiting Fellow , University of New South Wales, Australian Defence Force Academy
  • 1992: Summer Faculty Research Program, US Air Force Academy, Frank J. Syler Laboratories
  • 1990: Research Collaboration wih Prof. Bruno Sicilano, Universita' Delgi Studi Di Napoli
  • 1988: Outstanding Faculty Award, Mechanical Engineering Department, Old Dominion University
  • 1986: Ph.D. Dissertation selected as outstanding, Mechanical Engineering Department, Georgia Tech
  • 1984: Induction to Sigma Xi Honor Society, Sigma Xi
  • 1983: Georgia Tech Industrial Fellowship, Georgia Tech
  • 1978: SAE Outstanding Student Service Award, Society of Automotive Engineering
  • Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

    Graduate Student Support
    Date: October 10, 2008 - May 15, 2010
    Demonstrate Maglev M3 on ODU Guideway
    Sponsoring Organization: MagneMotion, Inc
    Date: 2008 - 2009
    Investigators:Talley, W. K.; Alberts, T. E.; Britcher, C. P.; Bawab, S.; Karande, K.; Gopinath, M.; Creedon, J.
    Demonstrate Maglev M3 on ODU Guideway: Phase I
    Sponsoring Organization: MagneMotion, Inc. & FTA
    Date: May 1, 2008 - October 31, 2009
    Awarding Organization: Local
    Investigators:Alberts, T. E.; Cowen, B.
    The Urban Maglev Project at Old Dominion University
    Sponsoring Organization: US Department of Transportation (FRA)
    Date: January 1, 2002 - April 1, 2005
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Alberts, T. E.
    Electromagnetic Rotational Power Harvester
    Sponsoring Organization: Oceana Sensor Technologies and VA Center for Innovative Technology.
    Date: January 1, 2002 - July 31, 2002
    Awarding Organization: Local
    Investigators:Alberts, T. E.
    Sensor Assembly Automation
    Sponsoring Organization: Oceana Sensor Technologies and VA Center for Innovative Technology.
    Date: March 15, 2001 - February 28, 2002
    Awarding Organization: Local
    Investigators:Alberts, T. E.
    Bearing Load Health Monitoring Sensors
    Sponsoring Organization: Oceana Sensor Technologies and VA Center for Innovative Technology
    Date: January 1, 2001 - June 30, 2001
    Awarding Organization: Local
    Investigators:Alberts, T. E.
    Verification and Testing of the TrueLock Bolt Device
    Sponsoring Organization: TrueLock Bolt Company and TAC.
    Date: October 26, 2000 - November 30, 2000
    Awarding Organization: Local
    Investigators:Alberts, T. E.
    Integrated Sensor System for Load and Condition Assesment
    Sponsoring Organization: Oceana Sensor Technologies and VA Center for Innovative Technology.
    Date: January 1, 2000 - June 1, 2000
    Awarding Organization: Local
    Investigators:Alberts, T. E.
    Automation of Accelerometer Production Line
    Sponsoring Organization: Oceana Sensor Technologies and TAC.
    Date: October 19, 1999 - March 31, 2000
    Awarding Organization: Local
    Investigators:Alberts, T. E.
    Smart Sensor Program Software Development; Amendment 1
    Sponsoring Organization: Oceana Sensor Technologies and TAC.
    Date: September 6, 1999 - January 28, 2000
    Awarding Organization: Local
    Investigators:Alberts, T. E.
    Smart Sensor Program Software Development
    Sponsoring Organization: Oceana Sensor Technologies and TAC.
    Date: June 21, 1999 - November 9, 1999
    Awarding Organization: Local
    Investigators:Alberts, T. E.
    Automation of Accelerometer Production Line
    Sponsoring Organization: Oceana Sensor Technologies and TAC.
    Date: March 16, 1999 - October 18, 1999
    Awarding Organization: Local
    Investigators:Alberts, T. E.
    Advanced Combustion Pressure Sensor and Engine Diagnostic/Control Technology for Diesel Engines
    Sponsoring Organization: Oceana Sensor Technologies and VA Center for Innovative Technology.
    Date: April 10, 1998 - October 10, 1998
    Awarding Organization: Local
    Investigators:Alberts, T. E.
    Low Cost Piston Engine Health Monitoring and Control System for General Aviation
    Sponsoring Organization: ViGYAN Inc., Oceana Sensor Technologies and VA Center for Innovative Technology.
    Date: April 10, 1998 - October 10, 1998
    Awarding Organization: Local
    Investigators:Alberts, T. E.
    Development and Implementation of Boeing 757 Guidance and Control Laws
    Sponsoring Organization: ViGYAN Inc. and VA Center for Innovative Technology.
    Date: November 25, 1996 - December 31, 1997
    Awarding Organization: Local
    Investigators:Alberts, T. E.
    End-Point Control Units for Robot Arms with Flexible Gear Trains
    Sponsoring Organization: ASEE Summer Faculty Fellowship, NASA Langley Research Center, GCD-Spacecraft Controls Branch.
    Date: May 27, 1996 - July 27, 1996
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Alberts, T. E.
    Time Domain Implementations of Generalized Frequency Domain Filters,
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA Langley Research Center, ACOD Structural Acoustics Branch, Contract NAS1-19858-75
    Date: March 16, 1995 - March 15, 1996
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Alberts, T. E.
    Simultaneous Passive and Active Dissipation Mechanisms in a Gantry Crane and Spreader System
    Sponsoring Organization: UK Science and Engineering Research Council, Contract GR/J97946
    Date: January 7, 1994 - August 31, 1995
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Alberts, T. E.
    Broadband Implementation of Feedforward Control for Dynamic Modification
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA Langley Research Center, ACOD Structural Acoustics Branch, Contract NAS1-19858-50
    Date: February 1, 1994 - September 30, 1994
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Alberts, T. E.
    Active and Passive Control Designs for the FJSRL Flexible Structure Testbeds
    Sponsoring Organization: US Air Force, AFSOR Research Initiation Program, Contract RDL 93-156.
    Date: January 1, 1992 - December 31, 1993
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Alberts, T. E.
    Advanced Control Law Designs for Flexible Spacecraft
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA Langley Research Center, GCD Spacecraft Controls Branch, Contract NAS1-19858-9.
    Date: January 1, 1992 - December 31, 1993
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Alberts, T. E.
    Active Control Design for the FJSRL Slewing Piezoelectric Laminate Beam, AFOSR Summer Graduate Student Research Program, Conducted at the US Air Force Academy, Frank J. Syler Laboratories.
    Sponsoring Organization: AFOSR Summer Graduate Student Research Program, Conducted at the US Air Force Academy, Frank J. Syler Laboratories.
    Date: June 1, 1993 - August 31, 1993
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Alberts, T. E.
    Graphite Fiber Enhancement of Viscoelastic Damping Polymers
    Sponsoring Organization: 3M Corporation
    Date: January 15, 1992 - March 15, 1993
    Awarding Organization: Private
    Investigators:Alberts, T. E.
    Identification and Design of Nonlinear Control Systems Using Real-Time Neural Network
    Sponsoring Organization: ISD Automation Technology Branch, Contract NAS1-18584-146.
    Date: August 6, 1992 - December 31, 1992
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Alberts, T. E.
    Mathematical Modeling and Control of Flexible Spacecraft Systems
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA Langley Research Center, GCD Spacecraft Controls Branch, Contract NAS1-18584-126
    Date: January 1, 1991 - December 31, 1992
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Alberts, T. E.
    Multivariable Transfer Functions and Optimal Passive Damping for a Slewing Piezoelectric Laminate Beam
    Sponsoring Organization: AFOSR Summer Faculty Research Program, Conducted at the US Air Force Academy, Frank J. Syler Laboratories.
    Date: June 1, 1992 - October 31, 1992
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Alberts, T. E.
    Mathematical Modeling and Control of Flexible Spacecraft Systems
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA Langley Research Center, GCD Spacecraft Controls Branch, Contract NAS1-18584-81
    Date: November 16, 1990 - December 31, 1991
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Alberts, T. E.
    Hand Controller Evaluation Experiment Subjects
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA Langley Research Center, ISD Automation Technology Branch, Contract NAS1-18584-91
    Date: August 16, 1990 - December 31, 1991
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Alberts, T. E.
    Piezoelectric Damping of Flexible Structures
    Sponsoring Organization: National Science Foundation, Creativity in Engineering Award program, Contract ENG-8811633
    Date: January 1, 1989 - December 31, 1991
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Alberts, T. E.
    Viscoelastic Damping of Torsional Vibrations
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA Langley Research Center, Graduate Student Researchers Program, Underrepresented Minority Focus, Contract NGT-70124 SUPP #1
    Date: July 1, 1990 - June 30, 1991
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Alberts, T. E.
    Modeling and Control for Articulated Flexible Space Structures
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA Langley Research Center, GCD Spacecraft Controls Branch, Contract NAS1-18584-81
    Date: June 1, 1990 - December 30, 1990
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Alberts, T. E.
    Influence of Joint Non-Linearities on the Control of Manipulators
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA Langley Research Center, ISD Automation Technology Branch, Contract NAS1-18584-79
    Date: May 16, 1990 - August 15, 1990
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Alberts, T. E.
    Viscoelastic Damping of Torsional Vibrations
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA Langley Research Center, Graduate Student Researchers Program, Underrepresented Minority Focus, Contract NGT-70124
    Date: July 1, 1989 - June 30, 1990
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Alberts, T. E.
    Passive Damping Augmentation for Space Manipulators
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA, Space Station Office with cost sharing from 3M Corporation, Contract NAS1-18687
    Date: May 16, 1988 - May 15, 1990
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Alberts, T. E.
    Force Control of Multiple Coordinated Manipulators: Extension and Considerations for Space Applications
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA Langley Research Center, ISD Automation Technology Branch, Contract NAS1-18584-52
    Date: January 1, 1989 - December 31, 1989
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Alberts, T. E.
    Force Control of Multiple Manipulators: Implementation and Refinement
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA Langley Research Center, ISD Automation Technology Branch, Contract NAS1-18584-15
    Date: January 1, 1988 - December 31, 1988
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Alberts, T. E.
    Force Control of Multiple Coordinated Manipulators
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA Langley Research Center, ISD Automation Technology Branch, Contract NAS1-17993-67
    Date: May 16, 1987 - December 31, 1987
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Alberts, T. E.
    Programmable Robot Controller for Laboratory Research
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA Langley Research Center, ISD Automation Technology Branch, Contract NAS1-17993-68
    Date: May 16, 1987 - December 31, 1987
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Alberts, T. E.
  • Intellectual Property

    Fiber Enhancement of Viscoelastic Damping Polymers
    Patent/Copyright: Patent
    Patent Nationality: United States
    Inventors:
    Alberts, T. E.