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Esther Tian

POSITION: Associate Professor; Program Director - Engineering

DEPARTMENT: Engineering

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | SSC 019E

PHONE: (540) 432-4404


Esther Tian received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Changsha Institute of Technology in China. She received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia, where she did an interdisciplinary research on Modeling and Analysis of Neuronal Circuits for Locomotion with Sensory Feedback. Esther taught Statistics and Calculus at the Miller School of Albemarle and read AP exams for the ETS and College Board. In the fall of 2013 Esther joined the Eastern Mennonite University as an Assistant Professor of Engineering. Her research interests include neuronal control mechanism of animal locomotion and bio-inspired robotics, as well as engineering design education. Esther’s hobbies are reading and hiking. When hiking she enjoys striking new routes, although there is one trail she is especially fond of. It happens to be called Old Trail.


BS, Changsha Institute of Technology (Mechanical Engineering)
MS, Changsha Institute of Technology (Mechanical Engineering)
PHD, University of Virginia (Mechanical Engineering)

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