Principal Investigator

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Vivake M Asnani
NASA Glenn Research Center
Co-investigators / Team Members: 
Dr. Timothy Krantz (NASA GRC)
Dr. David Stringer (Army Research Laboratory)
Damon Delap (NASA GRC)

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Ohio State University, March 2006
B.S., Electric Engineering, Ohio State University, June 2004

Vivake Asnani has been a research engineer at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio since 2005.  He studied electrical and mechanical engineering at the Ohio State University, where he did his undergraduate honors thesis work on active control of sound, and master’s thesis work on active control of vibration for rotating machines. Vivake has spent his career with NASA developing aeronautics and Space technologies that have commercial applications. He received the International R&D 100 award for developing an airless tire that has dual use for lunar and Earth vehicles. Most recently Vivake has been developing ‘smart’ mechanical components to mitigate machine vibration and noise.

Select achievements/recognition
2012, Developed a piezoceramic/electronic voltage-variable spring
2011, Developed the Smart Gear Test Rig for the evaluation of gear noise reduction strategies
2010, Received the R&D 100 award (one of the top 100 inventions worldwide) for the invention of ‘the Spring Tire’, a non-pneumatic tire for use on Earth and in planetary exploration (United States Patent, No. 8,141,606).

Relevant special assignments
2008 – 2011, Technical lead for NASA’s Surface Mobility Technology team
2007 – 2009, Principal investigator for two successful projects between NASA and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company to develop non-pneumatic tire technology (~$1.5M budget)
2006 – 2012, Technical liaison for over a dozen collaborative projects with academia and industry, for the development of mechanical component and systems technology

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