ANDERSON, MARK RONALD
Faculty
m3anders@ucsd.edu

Research Interests

Research Unit: Engineering Education

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.


CONN, ANNE
Faculty-Emeritus
aconn@ucsd.edu

Research Interests

Research Unit: Engineering Education

Professor Hoger works in the area of continuum mechanics, with a focus on its application to biological tissues. Current projects involve the development of a theory of growth for soft biological tissue; constitutive theory for residually stressed materials; and the formulation of constitutive equations for biological materials. Her projects involve both basic theoretical work and the formulation of finite element models that are used to apply the theory to complex boundary-initial value problems inherent in biological systems.


DELSON, NATHAN JOSEPH
Faculty
ndelson@ucsd.edu

Research Interests

Research Unit: Engineering Education

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.


MORIMOTO, TANIA
Faculty
tamorimo@ucsd.edu

Research Interests

Research Unit: Engineering Education

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.