Lokesh Saharan, Ph.D.

Lokesh Saharan, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor, Mechanical Engineering
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243 AMIC Building
ERIE PA 16510

Dr. Saharan is an assistant teaching professor of mechanical engineering at Penn State Behrend. He received his B. Tech. in Mechanical Engineering in 2008 from Kurukshetra University, India. He earned his M. Tech. in Manufacturing Systems Engineering in 2011 from M.N.I.T. Jaipur, India. He also worked as Assistant Professor (Teaching) at N.I.T. Kurukshetra, India, for two years before joining a Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Dallas in 2014.
Dr. Saharan received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 2017 with a research focus on rehabilitation robotics, soft robotics, and smart materials. He also worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Miami University before joining Penn State.

Research Interests

Rehabilitation Robotics, Smart Materials, Biomaterials


iGrab: hand orthosis powered by twisted and coiled polymer muscles, Smart materials and structures - September 22, 2017
Collaborators: Monica Andrade, Co-Author; Wahaj Saleem; Ray Baughman; Yonas Tadesse

Design of a 3D printed lightweight orthotic device based on twisted and coiled polymer muscle: iGrab hand orthosis - April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 11, 2017
Collaborators: Ashvath Sharma; Monica Jung de ; Ray Baughman; Yonas Tadesse

Compact and low-cost humanoid hand powered by nylon artificial muscles, Bioinspiration & biomimetics
Collaborators: Monica Jung de Andrade, Author; Lokesh Saharan, Author; Richard Rome, Co-Author; Ray Baughman; Yonas Tadesse

Design of a 3D printed hand prosthesis actuated by nylon 6-6 polymer based artificial muscles - August 21, 2016
Collaborator: Aditya Arjun, Student Author

Robotic hand with locking mechanism using TCP muscles for applications in prosthetic hand and humanoids
Collaborator: Yonas Tadesse

Musculoskeletal system for bio-inspired robotic systems
Collaborators: Yonas Tadesse, Primary Author; Lokesh Saharan, Co-Author


Ph D, Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas at Dallas

MS, Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Malaviya National Institute of Technology Jaipur

BS, Mechanical Engineering, Kurukshetra University