Faculty Profile

Amir Jafari

Title
Associate Professor
Department
Biomedical Engineering
College
College of Engineering

    

Education

PhD, University of Genoa, 2011.
Major: Robotics, Neuroscience and Nanotechnology
Dissertation Title: Actuators with Adjustable Stiffness
MS, Oroumieh University, 2006.
Major: Mechanical Engineering
BS, Isfahan University of Technology, 2003.
Major: Industrial Engineering

Current Scheduled Teaching*

BMEN 5950.013, Master's Thesis, Fall 2024
BMEN 5332.001, Soft Robotics in Biomedical Engineering, Fall 2024

* Texas Education Code 51.974 (HB 2504) requires each institution of higher education to make available to the public, a syllabus for undergraduate lecture courses offered for credit by the institution.

Previous Scheduled Teaching*

BMEN 6950.012, Biomedical Engineering Doctoral Dissertation, Spring 2024
BMEN 4100.001, Biomedical Mechatronics, Spring 2024 Syllabus SPOT
BMEN 2900.013, Special Problems in Biomedical Engineering, Spring 2024
BMEN 5900.004, Special Problems in Biomedical Engineering, Spring 2024 Syllabus
BMEN 6950.014, Biomedical Engineering Doctoral Dissertation, Fall 2023
BMEN 5311.001, Rehabilitation Engineering, Fall 2023 SPOT
BMEN 6950.001, Biomedical Engineering Doctoral Dissertation, Summer 10W 2023
BMEN 5950.009, Master's Thesis, Summer 10W 2023
BMEN 6950.012, Biomedical Engineering Doctoral Dissertation, Spring 2023
BMEN 4100.001, Biomedical Mechatronics, Spring 2023 Syllabus SPOT
BMEN 5950.004, Master's Thesis, Spring 2023
BMEN 5900.004, Special Problems in Biomedical Engineering, Spring 2023
BMEN 5800.004, Topics in Biomedical Engineering, Spring 2023 SPOT
BMEN 5800.601, Topics in Biomedical Engineering, Spring 2023 SPOT
BMEN 6910.013, Individual Research, Fall 2022
BMEN 5332.001, Soft Robotics in Biomedical Engineering, Fall 2022 SPOT
BMEN 5900.013, Special Problems in Biomedical Engineering, Fall 2022
BMEN 4980.001, Experimental Course, Spring 2022 Syllabus SPOT
BMEN 5950.004, Master's Thesis, Spring 2022
BMEN 5900.004, Special Problems in Biomedical Engineering, Spring 2022
BMEN 5311.001, Rehabilitation Engineering, Fall 2021 SPOT

* Texas Education Code 51.974 (HB 2504) requires each institution of higher education to make available to the public, a syllabus for undergraduate lecture courses offered for credit by the institution.

Published Publications

Published Intellectual Contributions

Journal Article
Exley, T., Johnson, D., Jafari, A. (2023). A Novel Variable Impedance Actuator Utilizing Adjustable Viscoelastic Properties of Thermoresponsive Polycaprolactone. Other. 1(1), . Mary Ann Liebert.
Johnsn, D., Exley, T., Jafari, A. (2023). Towards a novel thermal-based variable impedance module through adjusting viscoelastic properties of a thermoresponsive polymer. Other. 5(4), . IEEE.
Exley, T., Johnson, D., Jafari, A. (2023). Utilizing the peltier effect for actuation of thermo-active soft robots. Smart Materials and Structures. IOP Science.
Hays, E., Slayton, J., Tejeda-Godinez, G., Carney, E., Cruz, K., Exley, T., Jafari, A. (2023). A Review of Rehabilitative and Assistive Technologies for Upper-Body Exoskeletal Devices. Actuators. MDPI.
Habibi, N., Ghasemzadeh, F., Jafari, A., Fouladgar, F. (2023). Substrate-free self-assembly of peptides nano-particles through acoustic levitation. Other. 657,(130439), 245-261. Netherlands: Elsevier.
Exley, T. N., Jafari, A. N. (2022). Increasing robustness and output performance of Variable Stiffness Actuators in periodic motions. 169, 104645. The Netherlands: Elsevier. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0094114X21003761
Exley, T. N., Jafari, A. N. (2021). Maximizing energy efficiency of variable stiffness actuators through an interval-based optimization framework. Sensors and Actuators A: Physical. Part of the work for my NSF CAREER award. 332(1), 113123. Netherlenad: Elsevier. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0924424721005884
Patent
Jafari, A. (2023). Microrobotic systems and methods for endovascular interventions. https://patents.google.com/patent/US20230060639A1/en

Awarded Grants

Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

Grant - Research
Jafari, A. N. (Principal), "CAREER: A Prosthetic Elbow with Network of Soft and Modular Thermo-Active Actuators for Mobility Impaired Patients," Sponsored by NSF, Federal, $525046 Funded. (October 1, 2021September 30, 2026).
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  • Overall Summative Rating (median):
    This rating represents the combined responses of students to the four global summative items and is presented to provide an overall index of the class’s quality. Overall summative statements include the following (response options include a Likert scale ranging from 5 = Excellent, 3 = Good, and 1= Very poor):
    • The course as a whole was
    • The course content was
    • The instructor’s contribution to the course was
    • The instructor’s effectiveness in teaching the subject matter was
  • Challenge and Engagement Index:
    This rating combines student responses to several SPOT items relating to how academically challenging students found the course to be and how engaged they were. Challenge and Engagement Index items include the following (response options include a Likert scale ranging from 7 = Much higher, 4 = Average, and 1 = Much lower):
    • Do you expect your grade in this course to be
    • The intellectual challenge presented was
    • The amount of effort you put into this course was
    • The amount of effort to succeed in this course was
    • Your involvement in course (doing assignments, attending classes, etc.) was
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