ANDERSON, MARK RONALD
Faculty
m3anders@ucsd.edu

Research Interests

Research Unit: Design

Anderson serves as the primary instructor and coordinator of the capstone senior aerospace design sequence within MAE.  His expertise is in vehicle design, navigation, and control.


BEWLEY, THOMAS R
Faculty
tbewley@ucsd.edu

Research Interests

Research Unit: Design

Flow Control Lab
Stabilization, forecasting, and optimization of multiscale PDE systems. Applications include unsteady aerodynamics, electronics cooling, oil recovery, contaminant plumes, hurricanes, and ocean currents. Adaptive observation with UAVs and AUVs. Derivative-free optimization and computational interconnect design leveraging n-dimensional sphere packings.

Coordinated Robotics Lab
Design and stabilization of highly agile mobile robots.


BOECHLER, NICHOLAS SEBASTIAN
Faculty
nboechle@ucsd.edu

Research Interests

Research Unit: Design

Throughout history, discoveries of materials with new properties have enabled significant technological leaps. Within this context, using a combined experimental, computational, and analytical approach, Boechler strives to uncover new understanding that enables the design of materials with extraordinary properties. Currently, he is focused on materials wherein new mechanical properties are achieved by manipulating the propagation of stress waves via designed microstructure and strong nonlinearities, and has particular interest in the dynamics of self-assembled systems. Other topics of recent interest include the dynamics of soft materials prone to instability, photo-elastically tunable materials, and mechanochemically responsive polymers. Fundamental advances in these areas have the potential to result in ultra-light, highly adaptive, and resilient material systems that can be manufactured rapidly and in large quantities, with applications to areas including sound and vibration management, impact protection, signal processing, national security, and civil infrastructure.


DE CALLAFON, RAYMOND A
Faculty
callafon@ucsd.edu

Research Interests

Research Unit: Design

Professor De Callafon is interested in modeling and control applications that involve mechanical, servo and structural systems. He uses system identification techniques to develop models to simulate, monitor, predict and control a variety of dynamical systems. System identification is an interactive and systematic way of modeling system behavior by estimating dynamic models on the basis of experimental input/output data. Due to inherent experiment based nature of his research, the techniques can be applied to a wide variety of dynamical systems and include problems such as dynamic modeling for control, health monitoring and model validation. De Callafon is working with UCSD's Center for Magnetic Recording Research to model hard disk drives in order to develop robust servo control algorithms. He studies disk drive disturbances, such as windage, and product variability to improve functionality. De Callafon also looks at flutter behavior in light weight airplane wings, creating health monitoring models that can predict failure based on monitoring and feedback stabilization. In the process, input and output data are gathered and it is determined of the information could have been produced by the model. If not, then the system's properties have changed or it is about to fail. In addition, De Callafon uses his techniques to develop dynamic models for vibration and noise control. This research has structural applications and could be used to control a building's response during an earthquake, as well as active noise control to model, predict and control sound produced by devices such as ventilation fans. In this case, a counter noise is produced to cancel out the fan's noise. His research has been applied to control a number of electromechanical systems such as a CD-ROM player and the positioning mechanism found in a wafer stepper.


DELSON, NATHAN JOSEPH
Faculty
ndelson@ucsd.edu

Research Interests

Research Unit: Design

As Director of UC San Diego's Mechanical Engineering Design Center, Nate Delson believes in project-based learning and teaches students how to construct myriad contraptions—from robots and clocks to medical devices.


FRIEND, JAMES R
Faculty
jfriend@ucsd.edu

Research Interests

Research Unit: Design

Friend’s research covers fundamental and applied studies on the interaction of electromechanical fields in novel materials and across solid-solid, fluid-solid, and fluid-fluid interfaces at the micro and nano scale. The applications of this research are principally oriented towards biomedical needs. His team created several medical technologies, including a new pulmonary drug and stem cell delivery system and a remote microrobotic guidewire navigation system for improving neurointervention outcomes in treating stroke and aneurysms.  He has over 240 peer-reviewed publications and 25 patents and patent applications.


HWANG, JOHN TAE HYEON
Faculty
jhwang@ucsd.edu

Research Interests

Research Unit: Design

Hwang develops optimization algorithms for improving the efficiency and performance of engineering vehicles and systems. He specializes in methods that efficiently optimize up to tens of thousands of parameters representing the design or control of the system. He has applied these optimization methods to the design of commercial airliners, satellites, small electric aircraft, and material systems.


KRAMER, BORIS MARTIN JOSEF
Faculty
bmkramer@ucsd.edu

Research Interests

Research Unit: Design

To enable—or accelerate—computationally expensive engineering tasks, Kramer develops and analyzes new methods and algorithms based on models that reduce computational complexity. His research contributions are in multifidelity and data-driven modeling, optimization and control, uncertainty quantification, reliability-based design and design under uncertainty, with a strong focus on fluid flows.


MORIMOTO, TANIA
Faculty
tamorimo@ucsd.edu

Research Interests

Research Unit: Design

Morimoto's research focuses on the design and control of flexible and soft robots for unstructured, unknown environments. She aims to develop safer, more dexterous robots and intuitive human-in-the-loop control interfaces that enable access, exploration, and manipulation, especially for medical applications. She has developed a workflow for the design, fabrication, and deployment of personalized continuum surgical robots, based on preoperative medical images of the particular patient. This workflow included the creation of a virtual-reality interface for the surgeon to design the personalized robot, as well as the development of a modular actuation system for controlling the finalized continuum robot via teleoperation. Another area of interest is in haptic device development, particularly for education. She helped with the development of "Hapkit", a low-cost, one degree-of-freedom haptic device that students can assemble themselves and subsequently learn how to create and program various virtual environments that they can actually feel. These devices have been used in hands-on laboratories for a wide range of classes, including those taught at Stanford, online, and at a local middle school.


TALKE, FRANK E
Faculty
ftalke@ucsd.edu

Research Interests

Research Unit: Design

The focus of Professor Talke’s research is in the areas of medical device technology and information storage.  

In the area of medical device technology, Prof. Talke and his students are involved in developing an intraocular pressure sensor for implantation in the human eye, and the design of novel internet-enabled ophthalmic instrumentation.  In addition, research efforts on 3-d printed endoscopes, esophagus deflection devices, detachable bronchoscopes, and biofilm retardant catheters are under way.    

In the area of information storage, Prof. Talke and his students have been studying tribology and mechanics of hard disk drives, and more recently, the optimization of thermal flying height control sliders and heat assisted magnetic recording.

The research in Professor Talke’s group is interdisciplinary, combining mechanical engineering, physics, materials science and high precision instrumentation to advance information storage and biomedical device technology.


TOLLEY, MICHAEL T
Faculty
mttolley@ucsd.edu

Research Interests

Research Unit: Design

Tolley’s research focuses on approaches to the design and fabrication of bioinspired robotic systems which have some of the beneficial properties of natural systems (e.g. resilience, self-organization, self-healing). He has developed origami-inspired print-and-fold methods for the fabrication of electromechanical machines, such as robotic crawlers and grippers. To enable automated manufacturing and deployment, he developed methods for robotic self-assembly by folding. In work that appeared in the journal Science, Tolley and his co-authors demonstrated a robot that is fabricated as a flat sheet with embedded electronics, and folds itself into a functional machine that can begin operation autonomously. Tolley is also interested in soft robotics inspired by invertebrates such as cephalopods and has developed untethered soft robots with integrated power and control systems that can walk or even jump without rigid structural components. He also has worked on fluidic assembly for programmable matter, a substance that can be programmed to change its physical properties. Enabled by fluidic assembly, programmable matter would assemble on demand from microscale components in a fluidic environment similar to biological structures. These bioinspired approaches to advanced manufacturing and robotic design aim to open up new possibilities for rapid prototyping, space exploration, sustainable technology, and medical devices.