Faculty and Staff

David Bevly, Bill and Lana McNair Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Director

Dr. Bevly received his B.S. from Texas A&M University, M.S from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Ph.D. from Stanford University.  His research interests include vehicle control systems, sensor fusion, GPS, state estimation, and parameter identification, as well as vehicle navigation and instrumentation.  Specifically, Dr. Bevly has developed algorithms for control of off-road vehicles and methods for identifying critical vehicle parameters using GPS and inertial sensors.

Scott Martin, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Co-Director

Dr. Martin received his B.S. in Systems Engineering from East Carolina University, and later received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University. His research interests include GPS software receiver design, real-time kinematic positioning, sensor fusion for navigation, and control of unmanned systems.

Howard Chen, Assistant Research Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Chen received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, as well as his M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, from the University of Iowa. His research interests include applied ergonomics, sensor fusion and integration, inertial navigation systems, and biomechanics. 

Kelly Bates, Administrator of Academic Programs

Kelly joined the GAVLab in 2021 as lab manager in which her primary responsibilities include post-award management, pre-award preparation, and supervision of laboratory operations. Prior to joining Auburn University, Kelly worked with the Center for Mathematics and Science Education as well as Teen Health Mississippi. She received her B.S. in Engineering from the University of Mississippi.