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Michael Stanisic

Michael Stanisic

Email: stanisic@nd.edu

Phone: 574-631-7897

Office: 379 Fitzpatrick Hall


Ph.D, - Purdue University, 1986

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 1982

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 1980


Research in the Design of Singularity Free Manipulators,the Design of Humanoid Shoulder, Elbow, Arm Complexes and the Design of Intelligent Shoulder, Arm Prostheses. Active in the ASME Mechanisms Community for over 20 years and Associate Editor for Mechanism and Machine Theory. Recipient of numerous Teaching Awards.


  • Goehler, C.M., M.M. Stanisic, and V.M. Perez, "A Generalized Parameterization of T1 Motion and its Application to Synthesis of Planar Mechanisms," Mechanism and Machine Theory, in press.
  • Lenarcic, J., and Stanisic, M.M., "A Humanoid Shoulder Complex and the Humeral Pointing Kinematics," IEEE Journal of Robotics and Automation, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 499-506, 2003.
  • Stanisic, M.M., Wiitala, J.M., and Feix, J.T., "A Dextrous Humanoid Shoulder Mechanism," Journal of Robotic Systems , Vol. 18, No. 12, pp. 737-745, 2001.
  • Wiitala, J.M., and Stanisic, M.M., "Design of an Overconstrained and Dextrous Spherical Wrist," ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, Vol. 122, pp. 347-353, 2000.
  • Lorenc, S.J., Stanisic, M.M., and Hall, A.S., "Application of Instantaneous Invariants to the Path Tracking Control Problem of Planar Two Degree of Freedom Systems," Mechanism and Machine Theory, Vol. 30, No. 6, pp. 883-896, 1995.

Summary of Activities/Interests

Mechanism and machine theory and design.

Design of humanoids and intelligent prostheses


Gridiron Gadgets: Engineering a New Kind of Educational Experience

June 12, 2017

Robotic football is a practical application of the theory taught in classes. Professor James Schmeideler, who teaches an introductory robotics course and helps to advise the robotic football club, describes the benefit as learning at the “systems level.” The robots themselves are systems, with software, mechanical and electrical components working together to achieve a desired function. ... at a higher level, the football team itself is in a sense a system of systems. So individual robots aren’t designed in isolation, but rather with the intent of cooperation and collaboration with other robot systems.

ND Undergraduates Score off the Gridiron

December 1, 2016

Since the days of the Four Horsemen, the Fighting Irish have been known for their activities on the gridiron. Robot football at Notre Dame, which has been supported by The Boeing Company, offers rousing competition against other universities. More than that, it is a chance for the students to gain hands-on experience.

Notre Dame Robotics Featured in New James Patterson Book "House of Robots"

November 24, 2014

Prolific bestselling author James Patterson releases a new children’s book today (Nov. 24) and it has a distinct University of Notre Dame feel.