Electro-Mechanical Systems


Program Overview

CEM has provided ground-breaking actuator research and design work to various industries since the early 1990’s. CEM designs leverage energy storage and precision controls solutions to provide high power actuation with low overall energy consumption. CEM system solutions span a wide breadth of both system size and application areas including transportation, precision tracking for space applications and vibration control for a number of different industries.  CEM’s effective solutions provide precise motion control, reducing life-cycle operating costs and improving overall energy efficiency. 

CEM Approach

CEM engineers have access to a full suite of industry standard software and hardware including LMS Virtual.Lab, MATLAB, Solidworks, Maxwell 3D, Patran, ABAQUS, and many more.  Initial system verification is typically done through simulation and the resulting control algorithm is then transferred into the lab and directly integrated into the testing environment.  When warranted, CEM engineers develop custom algorithms or testing techniques appropriate to a unique application.


Dr. Joseph Beno

Dr. Joe Beno




The UT-CEM EM suspension is a different approach to active suspension systems, referred to as a Near Constant Force Suspension, that allows simplified control strategies and enables smooth rides over rough terrain without the requirement to look-ahead.

canfield joint

Canfield Joint

Design of a high precision pointing system for the NASA Glenn Research Center’s Integrated RF and Optical Communications System (iROC).