Daniel J Cox

Professor

Mechanical Engineering • College of Computing, Engineering & Construction

Areas of Expertise

Robotics and Automation, Advanced Manufacturing, System Dynamics and Control

Education

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, Mechanical Engineering, 1992
Master of Engineering, University of Florida, Mechanical Engineering, 1981
Bachelor of Science with Honors, University of Florida, Mechanical Engineering, 1979

Biography

Daniel Cox is from Gainesville Florida where he also graduated with his BSME with Honors degree and Master of Engineering degree from the University of Florida in 1979 and 1981, respectively. In 1981 he joined the IBM Corporation in Boulder Colorado where he worked as a Manufacturing Engineer. In 1986 he was awarded the prestigious IBM Resident Study Program Award to attend doctoral studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He graduated with his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with specialization in robotics from UT Austin in 1992 where he also worked at the IBM Austin Texas facility as a Robotics and Automation Engineer until 1998. He joined the University of Texas at Austin in 1998 as a Research Scientist where he was the Associate Director and Program Manager of the Robotics Research Group. In 2001 he joined the faculty at the University of North Florida where he is now Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Since joining UNF he has initiated the Manufacturing Innovation Partnership program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, to foster industry-academic collaboration. He remains very active in mentoring experiential learning projects for UNF engineering students through collaboration with regional industry. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of robotics and automation, advanced manufacturing, and dynamic systems and control engineering.

Awards

Next Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC 2011) – Faculty Sponsor Best Student Paper Award, 2011
International Conference on Systems and Networks Communications (ICSNC 2009), Outstanding Paper Award, 2009.
Distinguished Contribution Award, Seventh Biannual World Automation Congress, 2006.
Engineering Professor of the Year, Northeast Florida Society of Professional Engineers, 2005.
Outstanding Service Award, ASME Board of Governors, 2003.
Ali Javan Best Paper Award – Robot Applications, International Symposium on Robotics and Applications, 2002.
IBM Resident Study Program, 1986-1990.
Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, 1979.
Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society, 1979.
BSME with Honors 1979.

Affiliations

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

First Coast Manufacturer’s Association (FCMA)

Grants and Contracts Awarded

Principal Investigator, Saft America, “Modeling and Analysis of Lithium Ion Battery Film Substrate Production,” $45K, August 1, 2011 to August 30, 2013.
Principal Investigator, Faculty Research Visit, Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, DAAD, German Academic Exchange Service, “Intelligent Control Extensions to Remote Control of Machinery,” €3980 ($5.7K), April 25, 2011 to June 26, 2011.
Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation, Research Experience for Undergraduates, NSF:IIP:PFI:REU, “Small-scale Satellite Development with Innovations for Bioengineering and Manufacturing,” $8K, REU Supplement, October 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011.
Principal Investigator, Florida Space Grant Consortium, “UNF Zero-g Experiment Team Participation in Next Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC 2011),” $1.9K, February 27, 2011 to March 2, 2011.
Co-Principal Investigator, State of Florida Board of Governors, “Omnii Sense – Proposed High Tech Company,” October 1, 2010 to August 30, 2011, $40K. With Principal Investigator Jerry Merckel.
Faculty Participant, University of North Florida, College of Computing Engineering and Construction 2009, “Application for Nine-month Sabbatical Leave,” taken August 2009 to December 2009 and January 2011 to May 2011.
Co-Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation, “NSF:IIS:HCC: Medium: RUI: Control of a Robotic Manipulator via a Brain-Computer Interface,” NSF Award #0905468 $742.7K, May 1, 2009 to April 30, 2012. With Principal Investigator Dean Krusienski and Co-Principal Investigator Jerry Shih MD.
Principal Investigator, University of North Florida International Travel Grant, “Development of Study Abroad and Exchange Program in Engineering with Cologne University of Applied Science (CUAS), Cologne, Germany,” $2.5K, March 1, 2009 to September 30, 2009.
Principal Investigator, University of North Florida Transformational Learning Opportunities Grant, “Cultural Enrichment for Engineering Students While Performing Research in Germany,” $5K, July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009.
Principal Investigator, University of North Florida Summer 2008 Scholarship Grant, “Computational Intelligence for Intelligent Control of Machinery and Manufacturing Processes,” $7.5K, May 1, 2008 to August 30, 2008.
Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation, International Research in Engineering Education (IREE) NSF:IIP:PFI:IREE “Florida’s First Coast Manufacturing Innovation Partnership” (MIP); IREE Grant Supplement: “Computational Intelligence for Intelligent Control of Machinery and Manufacturing Processes,” October 1, 2007 to September 30, 2009, NSF Award #0738534, $88K, International Travel Grant Supplement.
Principal Investigator, Tensolite Corporation, St. Augustine Florida, “Experiments for Wire Production Analysis and Modeling,” $24.1K, May 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007.
Principal Investigator, UNF Environmental Center, “The Use of a Multiyear Student Senior Design Competition to Involve UNF Students in ‘Green Engineering,’” with J. Parkhurst, J. Campbell, J. Fletcher, and A Schonning, $3K, September 1, 2006 to May 31, 2007.
Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation, Partnerships for Innovation Program, IIP:PFI: “Florida’s First Coast Manufacturing Innovation Partnership,” $183.3K, year three, October 15, 2006 to September 30, 2007 (continuation approved to September 30, 2009), NSF Award #0438582, $600K, Co-Principal Investigators Alexandra Schonning and Neal Coulter.
Principal Investigator, State University System Sub-award to UNF, “Industry Collaboration for Development of Intelligent Distributed Microgrids,” State University System (SUS) Sub-award to UNF under Department of Energy (DOE) – Florida State University (FSU) Grant “Electric Power Infrastructure Reliability and Security Research and Development Initiative”, $133.3K, February 1, 2006 to August 30, 2007. With Principal Investigator Steinar Dale of FSU to DOE.
Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation, Partnerships for Innovation Program, IIP:PFI: “Florida’s First Coast Manufacturing Innovation Partnership,” $176.5K, year two, October 15, 2005 to September 30, 2006, NSF Award #0438582, $600K three-year grant, Co-Principal Investigators Alexandra Schonning and Neal Coulter.
Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation, Partnerships for Innovation Program, IIP:PFI: “Florida’s First Coast Manufacturing Innovation Partnership”, $240.2K, year one, October 15, 2004 to September 30, 2005, NSF Award #0438582, $600K three-year grant, Co-Principal Investigators Alexandra Schonning and Neal Coulter (NSF PFI requires the Dean as PI or Co-PI).
Principal Investigator, Ronco Group, St. Augustine, Florida, “Core Winder Upgrade Design and Implementation,” $37K, March 1, 2004 to May 31, 2005.
Principal Investigator, Armor Holdings Inc., Jacksonville, Florida, “Automation for Drug Testing Kits,” $25K, January 1, 2004 to August 31, 2004.
Sponsor for Walter Lewandowski (student-based grant), Florida Space Grant Consortium, University of Central Florida, “Undergraduate Space Research Grant: Mock-up of Cooperative Manipulation Task for On-Orbit Robotics,” $3K, May 28, 2004 to September 30, 2004.
Principal Investigator, Dura Automotive, Jacksonville, Florida, “Die Cut Production Analysis,” $3K, March 1, 2004 to May 31, 2004.
Principal Investigator, Predator Products Inc., Jacksonville, Florida, “Automatic Devices to Measure Jump Cue and Break Cue Performance,” $10K, September 2, 2003 to August 30, 2004.
Principal Investigator, University of North Florida Foundation Board Initiatives 2002-2003, “Undergraduate Research Program in Production Engineering,” $5K, January 1, 2003 to June 30, 2004.
Principal Investigator, University of North Florida Summer 2003 Teaching Grant: “Modules for Project-Centered Education in Mechanical Engineering,” $5K, May 1, 2003 to August 30, 2003.
Principal Investigator, University of North Florida Summer 2002 Scholarship Grant, “Study of Dynamic Wafer Alignment in Semiconductor Manufacturing Robots,” $5K, May 1, 2002 to August 30, 2002.
Principal Investigator, Predator Products Inc., Jacksonville, Florida, “Automation Systems for Cue Performance and Testing,” $18K, January 1, 2002 to August 30, 2002.

 

Sponsored Research: University of Texas at Austin
Co-Principal Investigator, Lam Research Corporation, Austin, Texas, “Dynamic Alignment of Automated Wafer Handling Processes in Semiconductor Tools,” $35K, January 15, 2001 to June 15, 2002. With Principal Investigator Delbert Tesar.
Co-Principal Investigator, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, New Mexico, “Lathe Modeling, Analysis and Simulation for Handling of Hazardous Materials,” $157K, June 1, 2000 to December 31, 2001. With Principal Investigator Delbert Tesar.
Co-Principal Investigator, Amarillo National Resource Center for Plutonium, Amarillo, Texas, “Open Architecture Small Automation Technology for Processing of Nuclear Materials,” $70K, January 16, 1999 to January 15, 2000. With Principal Investigator Delbert Tesar.
Co-Principal Investigator, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE): “Nuclear Facilities Cleanup (The University Research Program in Robotics),” $790K, June 1, 2000 to May 31, 2001. With Principal Investigator Delbert Tesar.
Co-Principal Investigator, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE): “Nuclear Facilities Cleanup (The University Research Program in Robotics),” $590K, September 1, 1999 to May 31, 2000. With Principal Investigator Delbert Tesar.
Co-Principal Investigator, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE): “Nuclear Facilities Cleanup (The University Research Program in Robotics),” $200K, June 1, 1999 to August 31, 1999. With Principal Investigator Delbert Tesar.
Co-Principal Investigator, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE): “Nuclear Facilities Cleanup (The University Research Program in Robotics),” $800K, September 1, 1998 to May 31, 1999. With Principal Investigator Delbert Tesar.
Co-Principal Investigator, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE): “Nuclear Facilities Cleanup (The University Research Program in Robotics),” $810K, January 15, 1998 to August 31, 1998. With Principal Investigator Delbert Tesar.
 

CoxContact Information

Building 50, Room 2012

(904) 620-1845

dcox@unf.edu