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.

TEAM

Principal Investigator

  • Prof. Eric Markvicka

    Assistant Professor and NSRI Fellow
    Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (by courtesy)
    School of Computing (by courtesy)

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    Ph.D., Robotics, Carnegie Mellon University, 2018
    M.S., Robotics, Carnegie Mellon University, 2017
    M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2014
    B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2011

    Prof. Markvicka directs the Smart Materials and Robotics Laboratory and is broadly interested in research at the intersection of computer and material science to transform how materials physically interact with the human body and the world around us.

  • Graduate Students

  • Ethan Krings
    Ethan is a PhD student in the department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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  • Spencer Pak
    Spencer is a PhD student in the department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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  • Matt McManigal
    Matt is a MS student in the department of Patient Orientated Research at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Matt is co-advised with Prof. Elizabeth Wellsandt.

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  • Evan Hailey
    Evan is a MS student in the department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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  • Patrick McManigal
    Patrick is a MS student in the department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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  • Undergraduate Students

  • Hee-Chan Han
    Hee-Chan is an undergraduate student in the department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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  • Kasey Moomau
    Kasey is an undergraduate student in the department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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  • Crispin Corpuz
    Crispin is an undergraduate student double majoring in Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Mathematics at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

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  • Matthew Dohmen
    Matthew is an undergraduate student in the department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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  • Merjen Palvanova
    Merjen is an undergraduate student in the department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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  • Calan Brant
    Calan is an undergraduate student in the department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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  • John Helzer
    John is an undergraduate student in the department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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  • APPLY

    We're always excited to work with new students, researchers, and collaborators. We're actively looking for PhD, master's, and undergraduate students. See posting here. For research opportunities, please contact Professor Markvicka directly. Graduate and undergraduate application materials can be found below.

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    FACILITIES

    The Smart Materials and Robotics Laboratory is located in the Engineering Research Center (ERC) on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, city campus. The space features areas for elastomer fabrication and characterization, traditional electronics fabrication, and advanced laser micro-machining.


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