(on leave 2016-17)

Educational Background

  • B.S.M.E, summa cum laude, Tufts University, 1979
  • M.S., Stanford University, 1981
  • Ph.D., Stanford University, 1985

Research Interests

  • Rigid and flexible multibody dynamics
  • Intelligent systems
  • Mechanical design
  • Parametrically excited vibration
  • Snowboard technology
  • Engineering management education
  • Bipedal robots

Courses

  • Computational Analysis
  • System Dynamics
  • Advanced Dynamics
  • Robotics

Selected Honors and Awards:

  • "Faculty Member of the Year" presented by the Bucknell University Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary, 2015. 
  • "Charles H. Coder Entrepreneurial Leadership Award" "in recognition of transformational leadership and vision for the ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship at Bucknell University" presented by the Bucknell University Small Business Development Center, 2014.  
  • "KEEN Dean's Award" inaugural recipient "in recognition of Leadership to Advance Entrepreneurial Engineering at Bucknell University and across KEEN" presented by the Kern Family Foundation, 2013.  
  • "Barry R. Maxwell Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Bucknell Community" presented by Bucknell University, 2010. (as part of the Engineering Success Alliance team)
  • Bipedal robot research ranked 57th in "100 Discoveries that are Changing the World," Discover Magazine, January/February 2010 (with S.B. Shooter and the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition).
  • Guest Professor Fellowship, Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland, 2007.
  • "Outstanding Achievement in Mechanical Engineering Practice" Tufts University Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2004.
  • "Outstanding Paper Award" presented by the Engineering Management Division of the American Society for Engineering Education at the ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, 2003. (with E.M. Barrella)
  • "Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching," Bucknell University, 2003.
  • "Outstanding Paper Award" presented by the Engineering Management Division of the American Society for Engineering Education at the ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, 2002. (with K.W. Jablokow)
  • "Star Performers Award for Innovation" presented by the Small Business Development Center of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for "Snowboard Research and Development Project," 2000. (with S.B. Shooter)
  • "Best Paper in the Area of Education" presented by the Computers in Engineering Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers at the ASME International Computers in Engineering Conference and Exposition, 1991. (with J.W. Baish and J.H. Moffitt)

Selected Publications

Tranquillo, J.V. and Buffinton, K.W., 2015, "Building an Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem at Bucknell University," Proceedings of the Spring 2015 ASEE Mid-Atlantic Conference.

Meng, X., Vigeant, M.A., and Buffinton, K.W., 2013, "Exploring Engineering in China in a Global and Societal Context," Proceedings of the 2013 ASEE International Forum.  

Remy, C.D., Buffinton, K.W., and Siegwart, R.Y., 2012, "Energetics of Passivity Based Running with High-Compliance Series Elastic Actuation," International Journal of Mechatronics and Manufacturing Systems, Vol. 5, pp.120-134.  

Remy, C.D., Buffinton, K.W., and Siegwart, R.Y., 2012, "Comparison of Cost Functions for Electrically Driven Running Robots," Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation.  

Remy, C.D., Buffinton, K.W., and Siegwart, R.Y., 2011, "A MATLAB Framework for Efficient Gait Creation," Proceedings of the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems.  

Rittase, W.R., Kandler, M.F., Shooter, S.B., and Buffinton, K.W., 2011, "Development of an Interoperable and Robust Bipedal Robot Vision Platform with Image Stabilization," Proceedings of the 17th IASTED International Conference on Robotics and Applications.  

Evans, J.T., Jablonski, E.L, Buffinton, K.W., and McGinnis, R.G., 2010, "Five Years of Short-Term Study Abroad Programs: Engineering in a Global and Societal Context," Proceedings of the 2010 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition.  

Remy, C.D., Buffinton, K.W., and Siegwart, R.Y., 2010, "Stability Analysis of Passive Dynamic Walking of Quadrupeds," International Journal of Robotics Research, Vol. 29, pp. 1173-1185. 

Remy, C.D., Buffinton, K.W., and Siegwart, R.Y., 2010, "Stability Analysis of Passive Dynamic Walking of Quadrupeds," International Journal of Robotics Research. (in press).

Buffinton, K.W., Hoffman, K.L., and Berg, M.C., 2010 "Minimizing Residual Vibration in Short-Maneuver Pulse-Width Control," Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control. (in press).

Barrella, E.M. and Buffinton, K.W., 2009, "Corporate Assessment of Strategic Issues in Technology Management," Engineering Management Journal, Vol. 21, pp. 27-33.

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Bonaventura, C.S., Jablokow, K.W., and Buffinton, K.W., 2007, "A Modular Algorithm for the Dynamics of Multiple Flexible Robots," International Journal of Robotics and Automation, Vol. 22, pp. 222-234.

Buffinton, K.W., Perkins, A.D., Beal, C.E., and Berg, M.C., 2005, “Evaluation of Pulse-Width Controllers for Multi-Link, Revolute-Jointed Robotic Arms,” Proceedings of the 11th IASTED International Conference on Robotics and Applications, pp. 131-139.

Buffinton, K.W., 2005, “Kane's Method in Robotics” in Robotics and Automation Handbook, Kurfess, T.R., ed., CRC Press, pp. 6-1 to 6-31.

Hays, J.E., Karapetian, M.J., Keenan, C.A., Buffinton, K.W., and Zappe, C.J., 2004, “A Dynamic Simulation of the Smallpox Threat,” Proceedings of the Complex Systems, Intelligence and Modern Technology Applications 2004 International Conference, pp. 721-730.

Rathbun, D.B., Berg, M.C., and Buffinton, K.W., 2004, “Piecewise-Linear-Gain Pulse Width Control for Precise Positioning of Structurally Flexible Systems Subject to Stiction and Coulomb Friction,” ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, Vol. 126, pp. 139-143.

Buffinton, K.W., Shooter, S.B., Thorpe, I.J., and Krywicki, J.J., 2003, “Laboratory, Computational, and Field Studies of Snowboard Dynamics,” Sports Engineering, Vol. 6, pp. 129-137.

Buffinton, K.W., Jablokow, K.W., and Martin, K.A., 2002, “Project Team Dynamics and Cognitive Style, Engineering Management Journal, Vol. 14, pp. 25-33.

Djerassi, S. and Buffinton, K.W., 1998, “New Method for Constraints Violation Suppression,” AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, Vol. 21, pp. 493-499.

Buffinton, K.W., 1992, “Dynamics of Elastic Manipulators with Prismatic Joints,” ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, Vol. 114, pp. 41-49.

Dresner, T.L. and Buffinton, K.W., 1991, “Definition of Pressure and Transmission Angles Applicable to Multi-Input Mechanisms,” ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, Vol. 113, pp. 495-499.

Buffinton, K.W., 1990, “Parametric Excitation of Beams Moving Over Supports,” Nonlinear Dynamics, Vol. 1, pp. 359-377.

Buffinton, K.W. and Kane, T.R., 1985, “Dynamics of a Beam Moving Over Supports,” International Journal of Solids and Structures, Vol. 21, pp. 617-643.

Wampler, C.W., Buffinton, K.W., and Jia, S.H., 1985, “Formulation of Equations of Motion for Systems Subject to Constraints,” ASME Journal of Applied Mechanics, Vol. 52, pp. 465-470.

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