The CIR area is based on strong core disciplinary competencies in dynamic systems and control, supplemented by knowledge of a diverse array of topics, including mechanical design, manufacturing, electronics, materials, and biology.
Research Includes: Novel actuator and sensor technology, biorobotics and bioinstrumentation, control of complex systems, precision instrumentation, autonomous robotic vehicle, and optics.
Associate Professor Sangbae Kim describes his cutting-edge research in the area of biomimetics, the study of biological systems as models for the design and engineering of robots.
Peko Hosoi designs a microfluidic device, which mimics the pumping mechanism of plants, and may be leveraged as a simple hydraulic actuator for small robots.
MechE faculty are passionate, out-of-the-box thinkers who love to get their hands dirty.