Current Members


  Prof. Sarah Bergbreiter

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Institute for Systems Research
MS/PhD University of California, Berkeley
BSE Princeton University

sarahb {at} umd {dot} edu

Graduate Students:

Ivan Penskiy
PhD Candidate
Mechanical Engineering
Microactuation for Nano Air Vehicles
Dana Vogtmann
PhD Candidate
Mechanical Engineering
Compliant Mechanisms for Microrobot Legs
Wayne Churaman
PhD Candidate
Mechanical Engineering
Nanoporous Silicon Thursters for Microrobots

Alexi Charalambides
PhD Candidate
Mechanical Engineering
High Spatial Resolution Tactile Sensing

A. Simpson Chen
PhD Candidate
Mechanical Engineering

Ryan St. Pierre
PhD Candidate
Mechanical Engineering
Locomotion at Low Mass

Mary Tellers
MS Candidate
Mechanical Engineering
RFactory, with ARL

Xiaotian (David) Ma
PhD Candidate
Electrical Engineering
3D Assembly of Microlaminates

Undergraduate Students:

Andrew Fein
Tails for Legged Robots

Parinaz Fathi
Bandaid Pulse Sensing

Daniel Mirsky

Aaron Sirken
Matt Broczkowski

Chris Lawler




Aaron Gerratt
(EPFL post-doc)

Chris Brown
(Tesla Motors)


George Gateau
(NSWC Indian Head)

Jessica Rajkowski

Joe Rice
Mary Tellers
(Peace Corps)
Ethan Schaler
(UC Berkeley)
Michelle Rosen
Alex Muroyama
(Georgia Tech)
Lauren Finkenauer
Andrew Sabelhaus
(UC Berkeley)
Shawn Zhang
Carlos Casarez
(UC Berkeley)
L. Max Hill

Future Graduate Students:
We are not looking for graduate students or post-docs at the current time. 

Future Undergraduate Students:
We are always interested in highly motivated undergraduates joining the lab. Read through these tips to see if undergraduate research might be of interest to you.
  • Do some research before talking to me. Are the projects described on this webpage of interest to you? Which ones? Why?
  • Be selective with your research project. Make sure that you have a clear goal and it is something that you will enjoy. When you start getting bogged down with midterms, you will need this enjoyment to pull you into the lab.
  • Setup a project schedule, especially if you are a procrastinator. Have a good idea of how much time you will be able to spend on this project. This is not just the white space in your schedule! Your classes will take time too.
  • Talk to people. I can't stress this enough -- you will learn the most when interacting with other students.
  • Document your work. The highest goal in research is to have others use what you have done. They can't do this if you don't write (or type) it down.
  • Research is hard. Undergraduates are often involved in completely new research directions in our lab which means that the original goal is not always successful. Motivation, creativity, and hard work are most important here.
  • If this still seems interesting, contact Prof. Bergbreiter via email. If she doesn't respond within a day or two, send another email.