Ashkan Pourkand

Ashkan was born in Tehran. He moved to United State after he received his B.S. degree in Mining Engineering from Tehran University. He received his first M.S in Geomechanics from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, where his thesis research involved the application of image processing and particle tracking in the laboratories test. Later he joined the Robotic Interfaces lab at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and received his second Masters in Mechanical Engineering. He worked on multiple skill assessment and haptics projects for orthopedic training.

Ashkan is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the School of Computing, where his dissertation research involves object tracking and untethered magnetic haptic interfaces.


A. Pourkand and J. J. Abbott, "A Critical Analysis of Eight-Electromagnet Manipulation Systems: The Role of Electromagnet Configuration on Strength, Isotropy, and Access", IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 3(4):2957-2962, 2018.

Ashkan Pourkand, Naghmeh Zamani, David Grow, Mechanical model of orthopaedic drilling for augmented-haptics-based training, In Computers in Biology and Medicine, Volume 89, 2017, Pages 256-263, ISSN 0010-4825

Pourkand A, Salas C, Regalado J, et al. Objective Evaluation of Motor Skills for Orthopedic Residents Using a Motion Tracking Drill System: Outcomes of an ABOS Approved Surgical Skills Training Program. The Iowa Orthopaedic Journal. 2016;36:13-19.

Razavi, M. R., Pourkand, A., & Mojtabai, N. (2014, August 18). Challenges in Determination of Brazilian Test Rock Specimens Surface Displacements by Using Digital Image Cross-Correlation. American Rock Mechanics Association.

Deana Mercer, Ashkan Pourkand, Christina Salas, David Grow. Objective evaluation of motor skills training effectiveness for orthopaedic residents using a haptic motion tracking drill system. PowerPoint presented at Western Orthopaedic Association 79th Annual Meeting; July 29-Aug 1 2015; Coeur d'Alene, ID.

Pourkand, A. (2016). Robotic tools for improving the quality of bone drilling (Order No. 10163682). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1831357363).

Motion_tracking Drill System Using a Haptic Device for Evaluating and Training Motor Skill of Orthopaedic Resident Physicians Outside the Operating Room: A Pilot... A Pourkand, C Salas, D Mercer, D Grow The University of New Mexico Orthopaedics Research Journal 4, 29-31

Determination of Micro Displacement Fields on the Rock Surface Using Digital Image Correlation A Pourkand New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

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