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bahareh behkam Bahareh Behkam

email: behkam (AT) vt.edu
Faculty at Virginia Tech
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology

Research Interest
Design, fabrication, and modeling of hybrid (biotic/abiotic) engineering devices; Micro/nano-scale mobile robotics; Microhydrodynamics; Mechanical characterization of biological samples.

Research Projects
Micro Swimming Robots

Publications
Book Chapters
  • B. Behkam, M. Sitti, "Bacteria Integrated Swimming Microrobots," in M. Lungarella, et al., (eds.), 50 Years of AI, Festschrift, Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence 4850, pp. 154-163, 2007.
Refereed Journal Publications
  • B. Behkam, M. Sitti, "Effect of Bacteria Patterning on Bacteria-Flagella Assisted Propulsion of Self-Motile Particles," Physical Review Letters (under review)
  • B. Behkam, M. Sitti, "Bacterial Flagella-Based Propulsion and On/Off Motion Control of Microscale Objects," Applied Physics Letter, 90: 023902-023904, 2007. Selected for the January 29, 2007 issue of Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology.
  • B. Behkam and M. Sitti, "Design methodology for biomimetic propulsion of miniature swimming robots", Transactions of the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems Measurement and Control,128 (1): 36-43 MAR 2006.pdf
  • B. Behkam, Y. Yang and M. Asheghi, "Thermal Property Measurement of Thin Aluminum Oxide Layers for Giant Magnetoresistive (GMR) Application," International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 48(10): 2023-2031, 2005.
Peer-Reviewed Conference Publications
  • B. Behkam and M. Sitti, ''Bacterial Flagella-Based Propulsion and On/Off Motion Control of Microscale Objects,'' Applied Physics Letters, 90 (1):1-3. pdf.
  • B. Behkam and M. Sitti, "Toward Hybrid Swimming Microrobots: Propulsion by an Array of Bacteria", Proceedings of IEEE 2006 International Conference of Engineering in Medicine and Biology,pp. 2421-2424, 2006.pdf
  • B. Behkam and M. Sitti, "Modeling and Testing of a Biomimetic Flagellar Propulsion Method for Microscale Biomedical Swimming Robots", Proceeding of 2005 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, 2005, pp. 37 - 42..pdf
  • B. Behkam and M. Sitti, "E. Coli Inspired Propulsion for Swimming Microrobots", Proceedings of 2004 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Conference and Exposition, Anaheim, CA, 2004.pdf
  • B. Behkam, Y. Yang and M. Asheghi, "Thermal Property Measurement of Thin Aluminum Oxide Layers for Giant Magnetoresistive (GMR) Application," Proceedings of the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Conference and Exposition, IMECE2003-41626, 2003.
  • M. Asheghi, B. Behkam, K. Yazdani, R. Joshi and K. E. Goodson, "Thermal Conductivity Model for Thin Silicon-on-Insulator Layers at High Temperatures," Proceedings of the IEEE International SOI Conference, pp. 51-52, 2002.
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