Tesfay Meressi, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Graduate Studies
Dr. Meressi received the B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia in 1985 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1990 and 1993 respectively. From 1985 to 1988 he worked as an Assistant Lecturer in Addis Ababa University. He joined UMass Dartmouth in 1993 as a faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering where he taught graduate as well as undergraduate courses in the general areas of control theory and robotics. Prior to assuming the Interim Associate Provost's position in December of 2012, he served as the Chair of the Mechanical Engineering department from 2003 to 2007 and as Associate Dean of the College of Engineering from 2008 to 2012.
Dr. Meressi's research interests include learning control of robot manipulators, learning control of blood glucose levels, control of systems with time varying dynamics, application of smart materials in active vibration control of flexible link manipulators, scheduling of Discrete Event Systems and Manufacturing Automation. In addition to his teaching, research and administrative duties, he served as an Associate Editor for the Conference on Decision and Control and the American Control Conference and as a reviewer of numerous articles and book chapters.