Larochelle, Pierre

Associate Dean & Professor
Mechanical - Aerospace Engineering

Personal Overview

Associate Dean, College of Engineering

Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mechanical & Aerosapce Engineering

Founder and Director of the Robotics and Spatial Systems Laboratory at Florida Tech (1995-current)

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Fellow

American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Campus Representative

Registered Professional Engineer (Florida)

Educational Background

B.S. University of California, San Diego (1989)
M.S. University of California, Irvine (1991)
Ph.D. University of California, Irvine (1994) Advisor: J. M. McCarthy

Recognition & Awards

Elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) 2008

2008-2009 Faculty Excellence Award for Service from the College of Engineering

2004 Walter M. Nunn Jr. Award for Teaching Excellence from the College of Engineering

ASME Region XI Outstanding Student Section Advisor Award 2001–2002

Professional Experience

Associate Dean, College of Engineering, Florida Tech (2013-present)

Assistant Dean, Academic & Accreditation, College of Engineering, Florida Tech (2008-2013)

Professor (2007), Associate Professor (2000), Assistant Professor (1994), Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Florida Tech (1994-present)

Visiting Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Beijing Jiaotong University (2013)

Visiting Professor of Mechanical Engineering, McGill University (2002)

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Irvine (1994)

Additional Duties

Associate Technical Editor for the ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics (2013-present)

Associate Editor of Mechanics Based Design of Structures & Machines (2006-present)

ABET Mechanical Engineering Program Evaluator (2005-present)

Chair of the ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Committee (2010-2014)

Associate Technical Editor for the ASME Journal of Mechanical Design (2005-2011)

Current Research

Design of novel reconfigurable motion generators (RMGs) for solving finite families of complex spatial assembly and procesing tasks.

Synthesis and analysis of robotic mechanical systems for spatial motion generation and force transmission.

Creating 3-D visualization design environments to facilitate the synthesis and analysis of robotic mechanical systems.

Selected Publications

Tipparthi, H. and Larochelle, P., "Orientation Order Analysis of Spherical Four-Bar Mechanisms",
ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, Vol.3, No.4, CID #044501, 2011, DOI: 10.1115/1.4004898.

Venkataramanujam, V. and Larochelle, P., “A Coordinate Frame Useful for Rigid-Body Displacement
Metrics”, ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, Vol.2, CID #044503, 2010. DOI:
10.1115/1.4002245.

Ketchel, J. and Larochelle, P., "Self-Collision Detection in Spatial Closed Chains". ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, Vol. 130, No. 9, September 2008.

Schuler, J., Ketchel, J., and Larochelle, P., "Computer-Aided Modeling and Manufacturing of Spherical Mechanisms via a Novel Web Tool", ASME Journal of Computers and Information Science in Engineering, Vol. 7, No. 4, December 2007, pp. 339-346.

Larochelle, P., Murray, A., and Angeles, J., "A Distance Metric for Finite Sets of Rigid-Body Displacements via the Polar Decomposition". ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, Vol. 129, No. 8, August 2007, pp. 883-886.

Ketchel, J. and Larochelle, P., "Computer-Aided Manufacturing of Spherical Mechanisms", Mechanism and Machine Theory, Vol. 42, No. 2, February 2007, pp. 131-146.

Larochelle, P., Murray, A., and Angeles, J., "A Distance Metric for Finite Sets of Rigid-Body Displacements via the Polar Decomposition". ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, Vol. 129, No. 8, August 2007, pp. 883-886

Larochelle, P., and Agius, A., "Interactive Visualization of the Coupler Surfaces of the Spatial 4C Mechanism," ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, Vol. 127, No. 6, Nov. 2005, pp. 1122-1128.

Larochelle, P., Vance, J. and Kihonge, J., Interactive Visualization of Line Congruences for Spatial Mechanism Design, ASME Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering, Vol.2, No.3, Sept. 2002, pp.208-213.

Kihonge, J., Vance, J. and Larochelle, P., Spatial Mechanism Design in Virtual Reality with Networking, ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, Vol.124, Sept. 2002, pp.435-440.

Tse, D. and Larochelle, P., Approximating Spatial Location with Spherical Orientations for Spherical Mechanism Design, ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, Vol.122, No.4, Dec. 2000, pp.457-463.

Ge, Q. Jeffrey and Larochelle, P., Algebraic Motion Approximation with NURBS Motions and its Application to Spherical Mechanism Synthesis, ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, Vol.121, No.4, Dec. 1999, pp.529-532.

Furlong, T., Vance, J., and Larochelle, P., Spherical Mechanism Synthesis in Virtual Reality, ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, Vol.121, No.4, Dec. 1999, pp.515-520.

Larochelle, P. and McCarthy, J.M., Planar motion synthesis using an approximate bi-invariant metric, ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, Vol.117, No.4, Dec. 1995, pp.646-651.

Larochelle, P., McCarthy, J.M., and Bobrow, J., Determining maximum payloads for cooperating robots under time-optimal control, Journal of Robotics and Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Vol.10, No.6, December 1993, pp.437-443.