• Assistant Professor
Moble Benedict Profile Photo

Educational Background

  • 2010: Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland
  • 2004: Masters of Technology, Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
  • 2003: Bachelor of Technology, Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Research Interests

    • Design, development and autonomous control of high performance next generation aircraft at small (MAVs/UAVs) and full scales.
    • Energy efficient green aviation 
    • High efficiency vertical axis wind turbines

Selected Publications

  • Benedict, M., Ramasamy, M., Chopra, I., and Leishman, J. G., “Performance of a Cycloidal Rotor Concept for Micro Air Vehicle Applications,” Journal of the American Helicopter Society, Vol. 55, No. 2, April 2010, pp. 022002-1 - 022002-14.
  • Benedict, M., Ramasamy, M., and Chopra, I., “Improving the Aerodynamic Performance of Micro-Air-Vehicle-Scale Cycloidal Rotor: An Experimental Approach,” Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 47, No. 4, July-August 2010, pp. 1117 – 1125.
  • Benedict, M., Jarugumilli, T., and Chopra, I., “Experimental Optimization of MAV-Scale Cycloidal Rotor Performance,” Journal of the American Helicopter Society, Vol. 56, No. 2, April 2011, pp. 022005-1 - 022005-11.
  • Benedict, M., Mattaboni, M., Chopra, I., and Masarati, P., “Aeroelastic Analysis of a Micro-Air-Vehicle-Scale Cycloidal Rotor in Hover,” AIAA Journal, Vol. 49, No. 11, November 2011, pp. 2430 – 2443.
  • Seshadri, P., Benedict, M., and Chopra, I., “A Novel Mechanism for Emulating Insect Wing Kinematics,” Journal of Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, Vol. 7, No. 3, September 2012, pp. 1—15.
  • Malhan, R., Benedict, M., and Chopra, I., “Experimental Studies to Understand the Hover and Forward Flight Performance of a MAV-scale Flapping Wing Concept,” Journal of the American Helicopter Society, Vol. 57, No. 2, April 2012, pp. 022002-1 - 022002-11.
  • Seshadri, P., Benedict, M., and Chopra, I., “Understanding Micro Air Vehicle Flapping-Wing Aerodynamics Using Force and Flowfield Measurements,” Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 50, No. 4, July 2013, pp. 1070 – 1087.
  • Zachary, H., A., Benedict, M., Hrishikeshavan, V., and Chopra, I., “Design, Development, and Flight Test of a Small-Scale Cyclogyro UAV Utilizing a Novel Cam-Based Passive Blade Pitching Mechanism,” International Journal of Micro Air Vehicles, Vol. 5, No. 2, June 2013, pp. 145 – 162.
  • Benedict, M., Jarugumilli, T., and Chopra, I., “Effect of Rotor Geometry and Blade Kinematics on Cycloidal Rotor Hover Performance,” Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 50, No. 5, 2013, pp. 1340 – 1352.
  • Benedict, M., Gupta, R., and Chopra, I., “Design, Development, and Open-Loop Flight Testing of a Twin-Rotor Cyclocopter Micro Air Vehicle,” Journal of the American Helicopter Society, Vol. 58, No. 4, October 2013, pp. 1 – 10.