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Weapons, Robotics, and Control Engineering

Asst. Prof. Paola Jaramillo Cienfuegos


Assistant Professor
Office: Hopper Hall 235
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Research Interests

Biomechanics and Bioinspired Robotics, Biomedical Engineering

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2015
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Rutgers University, 2008
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Hartford, 2003
  • B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Harford, 2003
  • A.S. in Engineering Science, Norwalk Community College, 1999

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Weapons, Robotics, and Control Engineering, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, 2016 – Present
  • Instructor, Virginia Tech, 2015 - 2016
  • Summer Scholar (HACU), National Science Foundation, 2012, 2013
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Virginia Tech, 2010 - 2015

Professional Memberships and Qualifications

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
  • American Society of Biomechanics (ASB)


  • Rittenhouse, Howard, Michael Bishop, Michael Zeller, Perry Jenkins, Jonathan Yake, Ronald Adrezin, Michael Plumley, Paola Jaramillo Cienfuegos, and Michael Daeffler. "Modular system and apparatus for treating wounds." U.S. Patent 10,973,528, issued April 13, 2021.

Significant Publications

  • E.C. Camp and P. Jaramillo Cienfuegos, "Modeling and analysis of hydraulic piston actuation of McKibben fluidic artificial muscles for hand rehabilitation," International Journal of Robotics Research, to appear, 2019.
  • P. Jaramillo Cienfuegos, A. Shoemaker, R. W. Grange, N. Abaid, and A. Leonessa, "Classical and adaptive control of ex vivo skeletal muscle contractions using Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES)" PloS One, vol. 12, no. 3, e0172761, 2017.
  • F. Barroso, D. R. Bueno, J. A. Gallego, P. Jaramillo, and A. Kilicarslan. Surface EMG in Neurorehabilitation and Ergonomics: State of the Art and Future Perspectives. In Emerging Therapies in Neurorehabilitation, pp. 267-284, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2014. 
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