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

    2021-

    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.
    August-
    SMRL welcomes new MME graduate student Spencer Pak.
    August-
    Our research receives support from the National Strategic Research Institute at the University of Nebraska. This is a collaborative research project with Prof. Stephen Rennard (UNMC) and Prof. Jenna Yentes (Texas A&M).
    August-
    Our research receives support from NASA Nebraska Space Grant.
    August-
    Congratulations to Ethan Krings, Eric Vander Woude Jr, and Melissa Holmes for receiving a NASA Nebraska Space Grant Fellowship to support their research projects.
    July-
    Our research receives support from the NSF Advanced Manufacturing (AM) program. This is a collaborative research project with Prof. Michael Bartlett from VT to study additive manufacturing of functional emulsions.
    May-
    SMRL welcomes Donovan Vincent as a NSF Biomedical Engineering REU scholar. Donovan is studying chemical engineering at Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY.
    May-
    SMRL welcomes undergraduate student Patrick McMangial and recent ECE graduate Evan Hailey.
    April-
    Congratulations to Aaron Haake who was selected as the winner of the best presentation from the College of Engineering at the annual Nebraska Student Research Days (virtual).
    April-
    Prof. Markvicka presents at the Nebraska Academy of Sciences (NAS) Annual Meeting (virtual).
    April-
    Ethan Krings presents at the Spring Materials Research Society (MRS) Meeting (virtual).
    April-
    Congratulations to Aaron Haake, Eric Vander Woude, and Patrick McMangial for receiving summer 2021 and/or 2021-2022 academic year UCARE funding.
    February-
    Ethan Krings presents at the annual Adhesion Society Meeting (virtual).
    February-
    The NSF REU Site: Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Biomedical Engineering Devices has received renewal funding. The NSF REU site is directed by Profs. Greg Bashford and Eric Markvicka.

    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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