Core Team

System Theory
Dr. ir. Federico Califano

Federico Califano was born in 1991. He received in 2015 the Master degree (cum laude) in Automation Engineering in University of Bologna. He received in 2019 the Ph.D in Automatic Control and Operational Research at the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering of the University of Bologna. He works currently as PostDoc researcher in University of Twente at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics & Computer Science (EWI), Robotics and Mechatronics (RAM). 

His research activity deals with different topics, such as repetitive control systems, port-Hamiltonian modelling and control, stabilisation of distributed parameter systems, and trajectory generation for robots.

Ir. Ramy Rashad Hashem

Ramy Rashad Hashem was born in 1991. He received his M.Sc. degree (Excellent with Highest Honors) in 2015 in Mechatronics Engineering  from the German Univ. in Cairo (GUC), Egypt. He joined the Mechatronics engineering department in the GUC as a teaching assistant from 2013-2016. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the robotics and mechatronics group in the Univ. of Twente, Netherlands.

His research interests include aerial robotics, nonlinear and geometric control, and port-Hamiltonian dynamic systems.

Aerodynamics
Ir. Alexander Dijkshoorn

Alexander Dijkshoorn was born in 1995. He received his MSc degree in 2019 in Robotics and Mechatronics from the University of Twente. For his graduation assignment he worked on characterizing the anisotropic electrical properties of 3D-printed conductive structures (10/10).  He is currently a PhD candidate in the robotics and mechatronics group at the University of Twente.

His research interests include 3D-printing and sensing and actuating for (biomimetic) robotics.

Smart Materials
Ir. Luuk Groot Koerkamp

Luuk Groot Koerkamp was born in 1993. He received his MSc degree in Thermal and Fluid Engineering in 2018 from the University of Twente. For his graduation assignment he performed Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) measurements on the flapping wing of the Robird in the aeroacoustic wind tunnel of the Engineering Fluid Dynamics (EFD) group. He is currently working on the Portwings project as a PhD candidate at the Robotics and Mechatronics (RAM) group at the University of Twente. 

His research interests include oscillating airfoil propulsion mechanisms and (experimental) aerodynamics.

Mechanical Design
M.Sc. Riccardo Sneep
Riccardo Sneep received his MSc degree in Electrical Engineering – Robotics & Mechatronics in 2019 at the University of Twente. For his graduation assignment he designed and build a complete, MR-safe, robotic arm at the Robotics and Mechatronics research group (RaM). Currently he’s working on the mechatronics and overall design of a new generation of robotic birds. 
 
His research interests include 3D-printing, actuation/actuators, precision engineering, manufacturing methods and bio-inspired design.
 
Numerics
Dr. Andrea Brugnoli

Andrea Brugnoli received the double degree in aerospace engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy, and the Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (ISAE), Toulouse, France, the Research Master degree in automatic control and signal/images treatment from the Université Paris-Saclay, Paris, France, in 2017, and the Ph.D. degree in automatic control from the Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace. He is currently a PostDoc researcher at the University of Twente, at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics & Computer Science (EWI), Robotics and Mechatronics (RAM). 

His research lies at the intersection of numerical methods for partial differential equations and control theory, the main focus being the structure-preserving discretization of port-Hamiltonian distributed systems.