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Bioinspired robotics REU students present final projects

University photographer John T. Consoli takes a portrait of the Bioinspired Robotics REU class of 2018. Photo credit: Alexis Jenkins
University photographer John T. Consoli takes a portrait of the Bioinspired Robotics REU class of 2018. Photo credit: Alexis Jenkins

Ten undergraduate students from across the country completed their summer Bioinspired Robotics Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) experience on August 10 by giving final presentations on their robotics projects.

The REU program is funded by the National Science Foundation. It brings together talented undergraduates from across the country to participate in focused, 10-12 week summer research experiences The Bioinspired Robotics REU was led by Professor Hugh Bruck (ME) and Associate Professor Sarah Bergbreiter (ME/ISR) along with Clark School faculty members and graduate student mentors.

The following projects were presented:

DYCOMAX: Dynamic Coupling Manipulator Experiment
Aaron Marks, Brandeis University
Mehgan O’Connor, Florida Polytechnic University

REU Advisor: Dr. David Akin (AE); Graduate Student Mentors: Kate McBryan, Nicolas Limparis

Pneumatically Actuated Flapping-Wing Air Vehicle
Karla Negrete, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Ashley Newman, Old Dominion University

REU Advisor: Dr. Hugh Bruck (ME); Graduate Student Mentors: Lena Johnson, Ruben Acevedo

Optimization of Acoustic Metamaterials for Bat-Inspired Autonomous Robot Navigation

Andrew Russell, Angelo State University

REU Advisor: Dr. Miao Yu (ME/ISR); Graduate Student Mentor: Canberk Gurel

Multimaterial Springs for Jumping Micro Robots

Zachary Parsons, University of Wyoming

REU Advisor: Dr. Sarah Bergbreiter (ME/ISR); Postdoctoral Mentor: Dr. Ryan St. Pierre, Graduate Student Mentor: Sathvik Divi

Sonar Place Recognition

Andrew Fearing, Diablo Valley College

REU Advisor: Dr. Timothy Horiuchi (ECE); Graduate Student Mentor: Jacob Isbell

Design of Compliant Substrates for Small Robot Testing

Hannah Feldstein, Pennsylvania State University

REU Advisor: Dr. Sarah Bergbreiter (ME/ISR); Postdoctoral Mentor: Dr. Ryan St. Pierre, Graduate Student Mentor: Sathvik Divi

Multifunctional Flexible Battery Integration on Robo Raven Wings

Hannah Solheim, University of Houston

REU Advisor: Dr. Hugh Bruck (ME); Graduate Student Mentors: Lena Johnson, Ruben Acevedo

Creating a Test Bed for the Electromagnetic Formation Flight of Satellites

Anthony Thompson, University of California, Berkeley

REU Advisors: Dr. Derek Paley (AE); Postdoctoral Mentor: Dr. Arber Masati

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August 15, 2018


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