Melissa Morris

Assistant Professor

Office
Innovation, Science, and Technology Building, 4700 Research Way, Room 2104, Lakeland, FL 33805-8531

 

Education
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Florida International University, 2017
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Florida Atlantic University, 2007
Graduate Certificate in Bioengineering, Florida Atlantic University, 2006
B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Florida Atlantic University, 2003

 

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About
Dr. Melissa Morris joined Florida Polytechnic University in 2017.  Her area of expertise is robotics and mechatronics.  She focuses on all aspects of robotics, but particularly kinematics, manipulator design, mechanism, and machine design, alternative drive systems, power systems, controls, human safety and interaction, and STEAM education.

Her work has included a wide range of robotic platforms including industrial and scientific processing, wheeled and legged mobile platforms, surgical systems, and rehabilitation technologies for both adults and children.  While some of these works are ongoing, she is currently focusing on applying expertise from all of these systems to agriculture.  The goal is to increase sustainability in food production and aid the diminishing and aging workforce in this area.

Morris has international and domestic work and study experience.  She has previously worked in virtual manufacturing for the Ford Motor Company of Europe in Cologne, Germany; Sensormatic Corporation in Boca Raton, Florida; Electronics Engineering Technology program of Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; and the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel.

 

Expertise

  • Robotics
  • Mechatronics
  • Rehabilitation technology
  • Mechanisms and mechanism design
  • Human-robot safety

 

Professional Activities

  • ASME, member, student section officer multiple times
  • Tau Beta Pi, member, student section officer, and section advisor multiple times
  • ASEE, member
  • ASABE, member
  • Graduate Studies Committee, Florida Polytechnic University

 

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Florida International University, April 2017
  • Student Talon Award, Florida Atlantic University, November 2004

 

Selected publications

  • D. Larsson, D. Irving, S. Effendi, J. Dubin, A. Bach, M. Morris, and S. Tosunoglu, “Ophthalmic Robot,” Proceedings of the 30th Florida Conference on Recent Advances in Robotics, May 11-12, 2017, Boca Raton, Florida.
  • K. Kaba, Baksh, Y. Almashan, B. Alsubaei, A. Bach, M. Morris, and S. Tosunoglu, “Miniature Robotic Arm to Manipulate Ophthalmic Lenses,” Proceedings of the 30th Florida Conference on Recent Advances in Robotics, May 11-12, 2017, Boca Raton, Florida.
  • L. Ramos, S. Valencia, S. Verma, K. Zornoza, M. Morris, and S. Tosunoglu, “Robotic Face to Simulate Humans Undergoing Eye Surgery,” Proceedings of the 30th Florida Conference on Recent Advances in Robotics, May 11-12, 2017, Boca Raton,
  • R. Maliki, D. Alhaidar, K. Attallah, S. Alsalem, M. Morris, and S. Tosunoglu, “Robotic Hand that Teaches Sign Language,” Proceedings of the 30th Florida Conference on Recent Advances in Robotics, May 11-12, 2017, Boca Raton, Florida.
  • R. Olazo, G. Soles, A. Mendoza, J-C. Drada, S. Tosunoglu, and M. Morris, “The Humanoid Rehabilitation Project,” Proceedings of the 30th Florida Conference on Recent Advances in Robotics, May 11-12, 2017, Boca Raton, Florida.
  • M. Morris and S. Tosunoglu, “Teleoperated Ophthalmic Examination Robot,” Proceedings of the 29th Florida Conference on Recent Advances in Robotics, May 12-13, 2016, Miami, Florida.
  • A. Garo, L. Melara, R. Scott, M. Morris and S. Tosunoglu, “Natural Gain Inducing Transtibial Prosthetic,” Proceedings of the 28th Florida Conference on Recent Advances in Robotics,” May 14-15, 2015, Melbourne, Florida.
  • O. Masory, M. Morris, Y. Tobie, “Upper-Limbs Rehabilitation Devices: Part I – Active Devices,” Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) Annual Conference, June 22-24, 2013, Bellevue, Washington.
  • M. Morris and S. Tosunoglu, “Comparison of Rechargeable Battery Technologies,” American Society of Mechanical Engineers Early Career Technical Conference and Journal, November 2-3, 2012, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • D. Raviv, M. Morris, K. Ginsberg, “On Teaching and Assessing Engineering Innovation,” Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, June 14, 2005, Portland, Oregon.

 

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