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William C. Messner

Adjunct professor of mechanical engineering, Tufts University

Dr. William Messner is an adjunct professor of mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He was with Tufts 2012-2019 after more than 19 years in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie where he also had courtesy appointments in Electrical and Computer Engineering and in the Robotics Institute. He was a member of Carnegie Mellon teams competing in the DARPA Grand Challenge in 2004 and 2005. He is the co-developer of the web-based Control Tutorials for MATLAB® and Simulink®. He is a Fellow of the AAAS and the ASME and a winner the Education Award from ASME's Dynamic Systems and Controls Division.

Professor Messner's research interests include mechanical design, automatic control systems, and robotics with an emphasis on applications to assistive testhnologies, data storage systems, microfluidics, and biological systems and instrumentation. He is avid swimmer and a big fan of Italian cappuccinos.


  • –present
    Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University


Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers