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Nicholas Szczecinski

Nicholas Szczecinski

ESB 949

Assistant Professor - Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


  • Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, August 2017
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, January 2013
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, May 2012

Nick begin his role as Assistant Professor in the MAE Department at WVU in Fall 2020. There he is the director of the Neuro-Mechanical Intelligence Laboratory. Previously, he was a postdoctoral research associate in the Biologically Inspired Robotics Laboratory at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and a postdoctoral fellow at the Zoological Institute at the University of Cologne in Cologne, Germany. Nick received his Ph.D. (2017), M.S. (2013), and B.S. (2012) in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. Nick maintains several interdisciplinary research collaborations in Europe and North America. In his research, he collaborates with neuroscientists to building and control robots by applying what is known about animals’ mechanics and nervous systems.

Selected Publications

  1. Goldsmith, C. A., Szczecinski, N. S., Quinn, R. D. (2020). Neurodynamic modeling of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. Bioinspiration and Biomimetics. DOI: 10.1088/1748-3190/ab9e52
  2. Szczecinski, N. S., Hunt, A. J., Quinn, R. D. (2017). A functional subnetwork approach to designing synthetic nervous systems that control legged robot locomotion. Frontiers in Neurorobotics. DOI: 10.3389/fnbot.2017.00037.
  3. Szczecinski, N. S., Getsy, A. P., Martin, J. P., Ritzmann, R. E., Quinn, R. D. (2017). MantisBot is a robotic model of visually guided motion in the praying mantis. Arthropod Structure and Development. DOI: 10.1016/j.asd.2017.03.001.
  4. Szczecinski, N. S., Quinn, R. D. (2017). Leg-local mechanisms for searching and learning enhance robotic locomotion. Biological Cybernetics. DOI: 10.1007/s00422-017-0726-x.
  5. Szczecinski, N. S., Brown, A. E., Bender, J. A., Quinn, R. D., Ritzmann, R. E. (2014). A neuromechanical simulation of insect walking and transition to turning of the cockroach Blaberus discoidalis. Biological cybernetics, 108(1), 1-21. DOI: 10.1007/s00422-013-0573-3.

Teaching Interests

  • Dynamics
  • Numerical Methods
  • Controls
  • Vibrations
  • Computational Neuroscience

Research Interests

  • Legged Locomotion
  • Legged Robotics
  • Bio-Inspired Design
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Animal Modeling