Joshua Tarbutton

Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science
Associate Professor
Duke 164
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Degrees & Professional Registration:


Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, 2011
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, 2007
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, 2005




Mechatronics engineer, researcher, and teacher with significant experience in system identification, system dynamics, data acquisition and analysis in both temporal and spectral domains, control design and implementation, lab equipment selection and design, sensor implementation, and software development.


Recent Publications:


Chao Lu, John R. Troutman, Tony L. Schmitz, Jonathan D. Ellis, Joshua A. Tarbutton,
“Application of the continuous wavelet transform in periodic error compensation”, Precision
Engineering, Available online 23 January 2016, ISSN 0141-6359.

ChaBum Lee, Sun-Kyu Lee and Joshua A Tarbutton, “Positioning control effectiveness of
optical knife edge displacement sensor-embedded monolithic precision stage”, Sens. Actuators A.
2015 (In print).

ChaBum Lee and Joshua A Tarbutton, “Compliance and control characteristics of an additive
manufactured-flexure stage”, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 86(4) 045107 (2015).

Gouda, K.M., Tarbutton, Joshua A., Bayoumi, Abdel, “A Wavelet-Based Index for Fault
Detection and Its Application in Condition Monitoring of Helicopter Drive-train Components”,
International Journal of Manufacturing Research (2015).

ChaBum Lee, Sun-Kyu Lee and Joshua A, Tarbutton (2014), “Novel design and sensitivity
analysis of displacement measurement system utilizing knife edge diffraction for nanopositioning
stages”, Review of Scientific Instruments, 85, 095113.

ChaBum Lee and Joshua A. Tarbutton (2014), “Electric poling-assisted additive manufacturing
process for PVDF polymer-based piezoelectric device applications”, Smart Materials and
Structures, 23, 095044, 2014. (Featured Article)

Hassan, Mohammad, Tarbutton, J, Bayoumi, Abdel, Shin, Yong-June (2014), “Condition
Monitoring of Helicopter Drive-Shafts Using Quadratic-Nonlinearity Metric Based on Cross-
Bispectrum”, IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems (TAES).

Tarbutton, J., Kurfess, T. R., Tucker, T., & Konobrytskyi, D. (2013). “Gouge-free voxel-based
machining for parallel