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

Prof. Bergbreiter's appointment availability (subject to very rapid change so send multiple times that work for you!)

Graduate Students:

Ivan Penskiy
PhD Candidate
Mechanical Engineering
Microactuation for Nano Air Vehicles
Wayne Churaman
PhD Candidate
Mechanical Engineering
Nanoporous Silicon Thursters for Microrobots
A. Simpson Chen
PhD Candidate
Mechanical Engineering

Ryan St. Pierre
PhD Candidate
Mechanical Engineering
Locomotion at Low Mass
Xiaotian (David) Ma
PhD Candidate
Mechanical Engineering
Bio-inspired impulsive mechanisms
Hee Sup Shin
PhD Candidate
Mechanical Engineering
Nature Inspired Mechanosensors for Flight
Undergraduate Students:

Andrew Fein
Tails for Legged Robots

Matt Broczkowski
Daniel Mirsky

Chris Lawler
Aaron Sirken




Dr. Aaron Gerratt
(EPFL post-doc)

Dr. Dana Vogtmann

Dr. Alexi Charalambides
(Carnegie Mellon post-doc)

George Gateau
(NSWC Indian Head)

Jessica Rajkowski
Pete Block
(NSWC Corona)
Mary Tellers

Joe Rice
Mary Tellers
(Peace Corps)
Ethan Schaler
(UC Berkeley)
Michelle Rosen
Alex Muroyama
(Georgia Tech)
Lauren Finkenauer
(Carnegie Mellon)
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.