Robotics Seminar: Michelle Rosen, "Hands-on Approaches to Education and Research: Micro Robots"

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
1:00 p.m.
2164 Martin Hall, DeWalt Seminar Room
Ania Picard
301 405 4358

Robotics Seminar

Hands-on Approaches to Education and Research: Active Learning and Flapping Wing Micro Robots

Michelle Rosen
PhD Candidate
Microrobotics Lab
Harvard University

As global interest and investment in robotics continue to soar, the education of the next generation of roboticists must keep up. Studies have shown that students learn engineering principles more easily through hands-on design tasks, rather than traditional lectures. With a jump-started robotics education, we can continue to make large strides in various robotics arenas. This tactile approach also applies to robotics research being conducted around non-traditional styles of robots. 

In this talk, I will present my vision for engineering education and how it fits with the world of cutting-edge robotics research. I will discuss my experience with active learning techniques including hands-on learning, project-based learning, and individualized learning and how these ideas can be merged in a single classroom. I will also present my research on insect-scale flapping wing microrobots and how it exemplifies the same principles.

Michelle Rosen is a PhD Candidate in the Microrobotics Lab at Harvard University. She received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland College Park in 2012 and her M.S. in Engineering Sciences from Harvard. She also serves as the Outreach Coordinator for the Microrobotics Lab, where she organizes participation in public-facing events in the Boston metro area and beyond. Her research interests lie in bio-inspired robotics, aerial robotics, system-level design, design and fabrication, and unique robot morphologies, especially small scale and soft robots. She is also interested in the use of novel active learning and hands-on techniques in engineering classrooms. 

Audience: All Students  Faculty  Staff 


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