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April 22, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
Dr. Daniel Lopez, Liang Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Penn State University
The field of micromechanics is now a well-established engineering domain with a demonstrated impact on science, technology, and product development. At the core of this technology are movable mechanical structures, MEMS, with dimensions ranging from a few to 100’s microns, and rigid components that rely on external links for power supply and control. Removing these constraints would enable a new technology platform for responsive systems that can change shapes, deploy, gather energy from the local environment, and self-propel. These shape morphing systems create a new paradigm in engineering where the distinction between materials and mechanisms gets vague.
Dr. Daniel Lopez, Liang Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Penn State University, will introduce the fundamentals and limitations of current micro-machines and discuss the prospect of creating shape morphing structures by using origami and Kirigami techniques combined with nanoscale materials.