The Smart Materials and Robotics Laboratory is an interdisciplinary research lab within the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. We are creating new soft multifunctional materials that are safe for human interaction and exhibit unique combinations of electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties. These efforts lie in the emerging fields of wearable computing, soft robotics, and robotic materials.


  • Wearable Computing
    Electronic skin for gesture monitoring

  • Robotics
    Soft robotic quadruped

  • Advanced Material Development
    Robust soft-matter electronics
  • RECENT NEWS

    2022-

    August-
    Congratulations to Sequoia Truong who was selected as the top poster from the biomedical engineering REU program at the annual Summer Research Symposium.
    August-
    Our research receives support from a local Nebraska business with matching support from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development.
    July-
    Congratulations to Ethan Krings, Spencer Pak, and Kasey Moomau for receiving a NASA Nebraska Space Grant Fellowship to support their research projects.
    July-
    Our research receives support from the University of Nebraska Collaboration Initiative. Project funded in collaboration with Profs. Stephen Rennard (UNMC), Brian Lowes (UNMC), Ran Dai (UNMC), Kathryn Cooper (UNO), and Jenna Yentes (Texas A&M).
    July-
    Undergraduate student, Bridget Peterkin, was featured in the “She’s a Scientist” a video series.
    June-
    Our lab hosted the Nebraska TRIO Program LPS middle school students.
    June-
    Our lab hosted a workshop at the 2022 Big Red Engineering Summer Camp on wearable technologies. The workshop is open source, see details here.
    May-
    Aaron Haake receives the Outstanding MME Senior Award and was recognized as Chancellor’s Scholar during commencement for maintaining 4.0 grade-point average.
    April-
    Renick Wilson successfully defends his master's thesis! He will start at Raytheon this summer.
    April-
    Our research receives support from the College of Engineering Healthcare Technology Fund.
    April-
    Our paper on a wearable electronic nose device was selected as a top contributed paper and received the Five-Minute Pitch Competition Award. See the five-minute pitch video here.
    April-
    Matthew McManigal presents at the ASME Design of Medical Devices Conference on a wearable device for monitoring joint-level human motion. This work is in collaboration with Prof. Elizabeth Wellsandt's group from UNMC.
    April-
    Prof. Markvicka presents at the ASME Design of Medical Devices Conference on a wearable electronic nose device. This work was led by Jason Finnegan and is in collaboration with Prof. Stephen Rennard from UNMC and Prof. Jenna Yentes from Texas A&M.
    April-
    Matthew McManigal successfully defends his master's thesis! He will start full time at the University of Nebraska Medical Center this summer.
    April-
    Congratulations to Aaron Haake, an undergraduate student in the lab, on being awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship! Nebraska Today article.
    April-
    Congratulations to Eric Vander Woude Jr, an undergraduate student in the lab, on being awarded a DoD SMART Scholarship!
    March-
    Prof. Markvicka co-organized the 2022 UNL Engineering Pitch Competition (4 grad teams & 3 undergrad teams; $5.5k Purse)
    March-
    Congratulations to Kasey Moomau, Merjen Palvanova, Calan Brant for receiving summer 2022 and/or 2022-2023 academic year UCARE funding.
    March-
    Congratulations to Matthew Dohmen for receiving the Darrell J. Nelson Summer Undergraduate Internship in Energy Sciences Research for the summer of 2022.
    February-
    Prof. Markvicka was highlighted in a recent NSRI faculty feature.
    February-
    Our research receives support from the Great Plains IDeA-CTR. Project funded in collaboration with Profs. Stephen Rennard (UNMC), Jenna Yentes (Texas A&M), Kathryn Cooper (UNO), Ran Dai (UNMC).
    January-
    Bridget has been selected as a finalist for the NCWIT (National Center for Women & Information Technology) Collegiate Award!
    January-
    Our lab has moved into the brand new Engineering Research Center (ERC).

    2021-

    December-
    Jason successfully defends his master's thesis! He will start at Marble Technologies this spring.
    December-
    Aaron Haake presents at the Fall Materials Research Society (MRS) Meeting (virtual) on additive manufacturing of functional emulsions. This work is in collaboration with Prof. Michael Bartlett's group from VT.
    November-
    Prof. Markvicka gave an invited seminar at University of New Hampshire in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
    November-
    Prof. Markvicka gave an invited talk at the Midwest Applied Materials Symposium (MAMS).
    November-
    Prof. Markvicka has received the Emerging Innovator of the Year award from NUtech Ventures. See the video here.
    October-
    Our research receives support from a local Nebraska business with matching support from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development.

    We are grateful for the support from the following organizations:

  • Nebraska Tobacco Settlement Biomedical Research Development Fund and our Industry partners.


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