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Hodjat Pendar, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor
Hodjat Pendar
315 Norris Hall
495 Old Turner St.
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Research Areas

  • Dynamics and control
  • Biomechanics
  • Fluid mechanics

Research Interests

  • Biomechanics of insects
  • Animal locomotion
  • Dynamics and robotics
  • Inverse problems


  • Virginia Tech: Ph.D., Engineering Mechanics, 2015
  • Sharif University of Technology: M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, 2004
  • Sharif University of Technology: B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, 2002

Select Publications

Cho, Taewon, Hodjat Pendar, and Julianne Chung. "Computational tools for inversion and uncertainty estimation in respirometry." Plos one 16.5 (2021): e0251926.

Matta, Alexander, et al. "Impact of caudal fin shape on thrust production of a Thunniform swimmer." Journal of Bionic Engineering 17 (2020): 254-269.

Harrison, Jon F., et al. "Physiological responses to gravity in an insect." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 117.4 (2020): 2180-2186.

Matta, Alexander, et al. "Effects of fish caudal fin sweep angle and kinematics on thrust production during low-speed thunniform swimming." Biology Open 8.7 (2019): bio040626.

Pendar, Hodjat, et al. "Functional compartmentalization in the hemocoel of insects." Scientific Reports 9.1 (2019): 1-12.