Department of Mechanical Engineering

Thomas Kurfess

Thomas KurfessDr. Thomas Kurfess
Professor & BMW Chair of Manufacturing
Director, Automotive Engineering
Manufacturing and Controls
Office: 244 Fluor Daniel Building
Phone: 864.656.6339
Fax: 864.656.4435
Email: kurfess

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Thomas Kurfess joined the Department in August 2005.  His interests are in system development and integration methods with emphases on vehicle system operations, controls and manufacture.  He is a fellow of the following societies: The American Society for the Advancement of Science, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is also a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, the American Society for Precision Engineering and the American Society for Engineering Education.


PhD ME, MIT, 1989
SM EECS, MIT, 1988
SM ME, MIT, 1987
SB ME, MIT, 1986

Research Interests

 Manufacturing systems, automotive systems, system dynamics and controls, mechatronics, robotics, pecision production systems.

Selected Publications

Kurfess, T. R. (Editor), Robotics and Automation Handbook, CRC Press, Inc., Boca Raton, FL, 2005.

Carter J. A., Tucker, T. M., Kurfess, T. R., "3-Axis CNC Path Planning Using Depth Buffer and Fragment Shader," Computer-Aided Design & Applications, Vol. 5, No. 5, pp. 612-621, 2008.

Tarbutton, J., Kurfess, T. R., "Modeling and System Identification of a High Precision Measurement Machine," International Journal of Manufacturing Research, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 198-215, March 2008.

Karhade, O. G., Degertekin, F. L., Kurfess, T. R., "SOI-Based Micro Scanning Grating Interferometer: Device Characterization, Control and Demonstration of Parallel Operation," Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, Vol. 18, No. 4, pp. 1-8, April 2008.

Vaughan, J., Fortgang, J., Singhose, W., Donnell, J., Kurfess, T. R., "Using Mechatronics to Teach Mechanical Design and Technical Communication," Mechatronics, Vol. 18, No. 4, pp. 179-186, May 2008.