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William R. Hamel

William R. Hamel



Professor, Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering, University of Tennessee

Department Head, Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering, University of Tennessee

Professor, Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering, University of Tennessee

Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, University of Tennessee

Oak Ridge National Laboratory - Robotics and Process Systems Division, Instrumentation & Controls Division; R&D in measurements and controls, robotics and remote handling in hazardous environments. Project and line management

Union Carbide Corporation - South Charleston Technical Center; advanced process control systems

TRW Systems - Houston Operations; Preflight and postflight analysis of the Lunar Module guidance and control software. Apollo missions 8 through 13


  • Large Scale Additive Metals Manufacturing
  • Welding Automation
  • Teleoperations and telerobotics
  • Biologically-inspired engineering
  • Nano bio systems
  • Applied research in robotics and remote handling for military, space, and nuclear environments
  • Human-robot interactions
  • Robot manipulator design and controls
  • Digital real-time control
  • Mechatronics


PhD, 1981, University of Tennessee

MSME, 1969, Oklahoma State University

BSME, 1967, West Virginia University

Professional Service

International Society for Technology in Arthoplasty

American Nuclear Society

  • Robotics and Remote Systems Division

American Society of Engineering Education

US Army Science Board (1988-1995)


Awards and Recognitions

MABE Outstanding Faculty Initiative and Leadership Award. 2020

IEEE Robotics & Automation Society 2018 George Sardis Leadership Award in Robotics and Automation

Charles E. Ferris Faculty Award, 2017

MABE Outstanding Senior Faculty Award, 2016

ANS Ray Goertz Award, 2014

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (Fellow, 2013)

  • Dynamic Systems & Control Division

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Robotic and Automation Society 2007 Distinguished Service Award

Allen & Hoshall Engineering Faculty Award, 2004

Moses E. and Mayme Brooks Distinguished Professor Award, 2000

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (Fellow, 1999)

  • Robotics & Automation Society
  • Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
  • Control Systems Society



Tian Qiu; Hamel, W.R.; Dongjun Lee, "Design and Control of a Low Cost 6 DOF Master Controller," Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2014 IEEE International Conference on, pp.5313,5318, May 31 2014-June 7 2014

Tian Qiu; Hamel, W.; Dongjun Lee, "Preliminary Experiments of Kinesthetic Exploration in a 6 DOF Teleoperation System," Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2014 IEEE International Conference on, pp.5959,5964, May 31 2014-June 7 2014

Xi Chen; Jie Zhang; Hamel, W.R.; Jindong Tan, "An Inertial-based Human Motion Tracking System with Twists and Exponential Maps," Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2014 IEEE International Conference on, pp.5665,5670, May 31 2014-June 7 2014

Xinghua Jia; Zongyao Chen; Riedel, A.; Hamel, W.R.; Mingjun Zhang, "Energy-efficient Propulsion Inspired by Whirligig Beetles," Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2014 IEEE International Conference on, pp.2463,2468, May 31 2014-June 7 2014

Ya Tian; Hamel, W.R.; Jindong Tan, "Accurate Human Navigation Using Wearable Monocular Visual and Inertial Sensors," Instrumentation and Measurement, IEEE Transactions on , vol.63, no.1, pp.203,213, Jan. 2014

Hamel, W. Robotic in Vivo Fluoroscopic Arthoplasty Evaluations with Normal Patient Movements. Bone & Joint Journal Orthopaedic Proceedings Supplement,95(SUPP 15), 70-70.

Komistek, R., Hamel, W., Young, M., Zeller, I., Grieco, T., & Sharma, A. (2013). In Vivo Kinematics of the Knee Using Both Stationary and Mobile Fluoroscopy. Bone & Joint Journal Orthopaedic Proceedings Supplement,95(SUPP 34), 211-211.

Lenaghan SC, Wang Y, Xi N, Fukuda T, Tarn T, Hamel WR, Zhang M. (2013). Grand Challenges in Bioengineered Nanorobotics for Cancer Therapy. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 60(3), 667-673.

Nycz, A., Young, M. and Hamel, W., A Biorobotics Approach to Real-Time Skeletal Joint Fluoroscopy During Natural Movements, Proceedings of the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, pp. 3376-3381, Shanghai, China.

Ruoting Yang, Sharon Bewick, Mingjun Zhang and William Hamel. Adaptive Immune System TH1/TH2 Differentiation Mechanism Inspired Perimeter Patrol Control Strategy, IEEE Transactions on Control System Technology, Vol. 19, No. 2, pp. 407-415, March 2011.

Sharon Bewick, Mingjun Zhang, and William Hamel. Passive versus Aggressive Strategies: Inspiration from a Game Theoretic Analysis of Military and Immune Defense, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics--Part A: Systems and Humans, accepted to appear 2010.

Trevelyan, J., Kang, S., and Hamel, W., Chapter 48.  Robotics in Hazardous Applications, Springer Handbook of Robotics, Springer Verlag, 2008.

Hamel, William R. Hamel, Chapter 10:  “Sensing, Planning, and Control Concepts Necessary for Robust Telerobotics,”Control in Robotics and Automation, Edited by B. K . Ghosh, Ning Xi, and T. J. Tarn, to be published by Academic Press 1998.

William R. Hamel

Contact Information

  • 403 Dougherty Engineering Building
  • Phone: 865-974-6588
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