Current Members

Faculty:

 
  Prof. Sarah Bergbreiter

Assistant 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
Chris Brown
PhD Candidate
Mechanical Engineering
Efficient and Effective Locomotion for Miniature Robots

Wayne Churaman
PhD Candidate
Mechanical Engineering
Nanoporous Silicon Thrusters for Microrobots

Alexi Charalambides
PhD Candidate
Mechanical Engineering
High Spatial Resolution Tactile Sensing

Pete Block
MS Candidate
Systems Engineering
Large Area, Low Cost Force Sensing

A. Simpson Chen
PhD Candidate
Mechanical Engineering
Electroadhesion

Ryan St. Pierre
PhD Candidate
Mechanical Engineering
Design of Multi-Material Mechanisms

Mary Tellers
MS Candidate
Mechanical Engineering
RFactory, with ARL

Undergraduate Students:

Daniel Mirsky
ECE
TinyTerps

Ryan Etkins
ME
Electroadhesion

Max Frantz
ME
TinyTerps Vision

Aaron Steppa
ECE
TinyTerps Range Finding
 
Eashan Samak
ECE
TinyTerps



 


Alumni


 



PhD
Aaron Gerratt
(EPFL post-doc)

       
 




MS
George Gateau
(Office for Naval Intelligence)

Jessica Rajkowski
(MITRE)
     
 







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



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.