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Weapons, Robotics, and Control Engineering

Prof. Jenelle A. Piepmeier


Professor & Chair
Office: Hopper Hall 269A
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Research Interests

Computer Vision

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1999
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1995
  • B.S. in Engineering, LeTourneau University, 1993

Professional Experience

  • Department of Weapons, Robotics, & Control Engineering, United States Naval Academy
    • Chair, 2020 - present
    • Professor, 2015 - present
    • Associate Professor, 2004-2015
    • Assistant Professor, 1999-2004

Honors and Awards

  • Pine Tree High School Distinguished Alumna, 2020
  • Member, Academy of Engineering & Engineering Technology, LeTourneau University, 2018
  • 1st Place Semantic Robot Vision Challenge: Robot League, Team Advisor with LT J. Searock, December 2009
  • Invited Speaker at the Connecticut Microelectronics and Optoelectronics Symposium Program 2009
  • Raouf Ali Raouf Award for excellence in teaching engineering, 2009

Professional and Community Service

  • Faculty Senate Vice President AY2020
  • Promotion & Tenure Committee Co-Chair AY2018-AY2019


  • J.A. Piepmeier, H. Lipkin, G.V. McMurray, “Uncalibrated dynamic mechanical system controller,” U.S. Patent 6278906, Aug. 21, 2002.

Significant Publications

  • M. Feemster, J.A. Piepmeier, H. BIggs, S. Yee, H. ElBidweihy, S.L. Firebaugh “Autonomous Microrobotic Manipulation Using Visual Servo Control,” Micromachines, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 132-145, Jan. 2020, 
  • J.A. Piepmeier, S. Firebaugh, C.S. Olsen, “Uncalibrated Visual Servo Control of Magnetically Actuated Microrobots in a Fluid Environment,” Micromachines, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 797-813, Sep. 2014.
  • C.D. McGray, S.M. Stavis, J. Giltinan, E. Eastman, S. Firebaugh, J.A. Piepmeier, J. Geist, M. Gaitan, “MEMS Kinematics by Super-Resolution Fluorescence Microscopy,” Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 115 – 123, Feb. 2013.
  • S. Firebaugh S., J. Piepmeier, E. Leckie, J. Burkhardt, “Jitterbot: A Mobile Millirobot Using Vibration Actuation,”  Micromachines, vol. 2, no. 2. p. 295-305. 2011
  • B. Bishop, J. Esposito, and J. Piepmeier, “Moving Without Wheels: Educational Experiments in Robot Design and Locomotion,” Computers in Education Journal, vol.1 no.3, p. 41-49, Jul.-Sep. 2010.
  • S.L. Firebaugh and J.A. Piepmeier, "The RoboCup Nanogram League: An Opportunity for Project-Based Undergraduate Education in Microsystems," IEEE Transactions on Education. vol. 61, no. 3, pp. 394-399, Aug. 2009.
  • B.E. Bishop, J.A. Piepmeier, G. Piper, and K.A. Knowles, “Low-cost Robotic Exercises and Projects,” International Journal of Engineering Education, vol. 22, vo. 4. 2006
  • J.A. Piepmeier, G.V. McMurray, and H. Lipkin. “Uncalibrated Dynamic Visual Servoing,” IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, vol. 20, no.1, pp. 143-148, Feb. 2004.
  • J.A. Piepmeier and H. Lipkin. “Uncalibrated Eye-in-hand Visual Servoing,” International Journal of Robotics Research. Special Issue on Visual Servoing, Vol. 22, No. 10/11, pp. 805-820, Oct. 2003
  • J.A. Piepmeier, B.E. Bishop, and K.A. Knowles, “Modern Robotics Engineering Education,” IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, Special Issue on Robotics Education, vol. 10, no. 2, pp.33-37, Jun. 2003.
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