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Sevak Tahmasian, Ph.D.

Tahmasian Sevak
326 Norris Hall
495 Old Turner St.
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Research Interests

  • Nonlinear Dynamics
  • Control Theory
  • Bio-inspired Technology


  • Virginia Tech: Ph.D., Engineering Mechanics, 2015 
  • Isfahan University of Technology: M.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2001 
  • Isfahan University of Technology: B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 1998

Awards, Honors, and Service

  • 2019 and 2022: Leader in Teaching Award

Select Publications

S. Tahmasian, A. Jafaryzad. N. Bulzoni, and A. E. Staples, "Dynamic analysis and design optimization of a drag-based vibratory swimmer", Fluids, 2020.

S. Tahmasian and A. Katrahmani, "Vibrational control of mechanical systems with piecewise linear damping and high-frequency inputs", Nonlinear Dynamics, 2020

S. Tahmasian and C. A. Woolsey, "On closed-loop vibrational control of underactuated mechanical systems", Nonlinear Dynamics, 2022

S. Tahmasian, "Dynamic analysis and optimal control of drag-based vibratory systems using averaging", Nonlinear Dynamics, vol. 104, 2021

S. Tahmasian, "On Averaging and Vibrational Control of Mechanical Systems with Multifrequency Inputs", Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, 2018

S. Tahmasian and C. Woolsey, "Flight Control of Biomimetic Air Vehicles Using Vibrational Control and Averaging", Journal of Nonlinear Science, 2016

S. Tahmasian, D. Allen, and C. Woolsey, "On Averaging and Input Optimization of High- Frequency Mechanical Control Systems", Journal of Vibration and Control, 2016

S. Tahmasian and C. Woolsey, "A Control Design Method for Underactuated Mechanical Systems Using High Frequency Inputs", Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, 2015