Dr. Miguel Abrahantes

Professor of Engineering, Department Chair
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Miguel Abrahantes teaches the primary electrical engineering courses, which include Signals, Analysis and Communication; Electronic Devices and Design; Logic Circuit Design; and Dynamic Systems. He also collaborates with students on robotics research.

He joined the Hope College faculty in 2004, and over the years he has served on the Cultural Affairs, Curriculum, and Professional Interest committees, chaired the Academic Affairs Board, and served as a racial-ethnic harassment advocate.

He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Areas of expertise 

  • Robotics
  • Controls
  • Modeling

Education

  • Ph.D., control systems, Universidad Nacional del Sur (Argentina), 2000
  • B.S., electronic engineering, Universidad Central Las Villas (Cuba), 1993

Selected grants, honors and awards

  • “Implementation of a Tetrahedral Robotic Platform,” Michigan Space Grant Consortium grant, 2014
  • “Inspiring the Next Generation through Research and Development in Lunar and Planetary Science Exploration, NASA grant, 2009–2013
  • NASA/Exploration Mission Directorate Fellowship Program at the Goddard Space Flight Center, 2006, 2007
  • “Gait Design and Hardware Implementation for a Tetrahedron Robotics Walker,” Michigan Space Grant Consortium grant, 2007

Selected publications and presentations 

  • “MUSSE: A Designed Multi-Ultrasonic-Sensor System for Echolocation on Multiple Robots,” with X. Wu and M. Edgington, IEEE Asia-Pacific Conference on Intelligent Robot Systems Proceedings, 2016
  • “Gait Design for a Tetrahedral Worm,” with K. Cook, IEEE International Conference on Electro Information Technology Proceedings, 2016
  • “Robotics Echolocation Test Platform,” with P. D’Orazio et al., IEEE International Conference on Electro/Information Technology Proceedings, 2015
  • “Distributed Control System Implementation for Tetrahedral Walker Robots,” with J. Swett, IEEE International Conference on Electro/Information Technology Proceedings, 2014

Outside the college 

Dr. Abrahantes left his native Cuba after college to attend graduate school in Argentina. Upon receiving his Ph.D. he came to the US as a refugee and immediately settled in Michigan. He enjoys traveling and gardening. 

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Dr. Miguel Abrahantes

Phone Number616.395.7513

VanderWerf-Room 223D 27 Graves Place Holland, MI 49423-3617
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