Principal Investigator

  Christoph Keplinger | Assistant Professor 
    Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering

    2012 - 2015 
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard University 
    George M. Whitesides Group, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

    2011 - 2012 
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard University 
    Zhigang Suo Group, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

    2008 - 2011   
    PhD (Dr. techn.) in Physics, Johannes Kepler University of Linz
    Siegfried Bauer, Soft Matter Physics

    2003 - 2008
    Master's & Bachelor's (Dipl.-Ing.) in Physics, Johannes Kepler University of Linz

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Ph.D. Students

Timothy Morrissey | Mechanical Engineering, Keplinger Lab Manager 
Research interests:  Materials science, Direct energy conversion for sustainable energy, Soft artificial muscles
Personal interests:  Skiing, Pop-up truck campers, Biking,

2013 - 2016
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder

2007 - 2011
B.S. Ceramic Engineer, Alfred University

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Eric Acome | Mechanical Engineering
Research interests:  Soft actuators and sensors
Personal interests:  Fly fishing, Bicycles, Music, Design
2007 - 2011
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech

Google Scholar Citations      Resume
Nick Kellaris | Materials Science and Engineering
Research interests: Dielectric breakdown in polymers, Artificial muscles
Personal interests:  Rock climbing, Biking, SCUBA 

2008 - 2012
B.A. Physics, University of California at Berkeley 

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  Shane Mitchell | Mechanical Engineering
Research interests:  Soft machines, Ocean wave energy conversion, Renewable energy
Personal interests:  Skiing, Racquetball, Biking, Hiking, Camping, Archery, Guitar, Disc golf

2010 - 2014
B.S. Physics and Mathematics, Dickinson College

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M.S. Students

  Vidyacharan (VC) Gopaluni Venkata | Mechanical Engineering

Research interests:  Bio-inspired design, Soft robotics, MEMS, Materials physics
Personal interests:   Reading, Music, Nature and Wildlife, Travel, Art, History

2012 - 2016
B.Tech Mechatronics, SASTRA University, India
  Aniya Khalili | Mechanical Engineering
Research interests:  Biomedical robotics, Soft artificial muscles, mechatronics
Personal interests:  Traveling, Tennis, Swimming, Hiking, Skiing, Dancing, Music

2014 - 2017
M.S. Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, University of Stuttgart, Germany

2009 - 2012
B.E. Control Electricity Engineering,, Fars Research and Science University, Shiraz, Iran
    Grant McElhany | Mechanical Engineering

Research interests:  Instrumentation, Materials science, Robotics, Bio-inspired design
Personal interests:   Motorcycles, Formula SAE, Mountain biking, Pool

2010 - 2014
B.S. Chemistry, Texas A&M University


Undergraduate Students

  Eliza Beisher | Mechanical Engineering
Research interests: Artificial muscles, Prosthetics, Dielectric elastomer actuators
Personal interests: Yoga, Traveling, Music, Hiking   
  Christina Chase-Markopoulou | Engineering Plus
Research interests: Mechanical prosthesis, CAD, Soft robotics
Personal interests: Photography, Biking, Photo editing, Traveling, Basketball   
     Madison Emmett | Mechanical Engineering
Research interests: Artificial muscles, Soft machines, Dielectric elastomer actuators 
Personal interests:  Rowing, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Skiing Traveling, Surfing 

Ethan Harrington   Ethan Harrington | Pre-Engineering
Research interests:  UAVs as well as integration of multiple systems into effective packages
Personal interests:  Fly fishing, hiking, All things ocean,  Small scale engineering projects 

Alex Jaros   Alex Jaros | Mechanical Engineering
Research interests: Renewable energy technology, Smart materials, and Mechanical design
Personal interests: Rugby, Biking, Hiking, Traveling, and Yoga

  Madeline King | Mechanical Engineering
Research interests:  Prosthetics, Artificial muscles, Soft machines, Dielectric elastomer actuators
Personal interests:  Dance, Hiking, Yoga, and Crafting 

Trent Martin   Trent Martin | Electrical and Computer Engineering
Research interests:  Electromechanics, Material science, Sustainable design
Personal interests:  Kayaking, Climbing, Hockey, Skiing, Art

  Miles Radakovitz | Mechanical Engineering
Research interests:  Soft machines, Artificial muscles, German
Personal interests:  Hiking, Rock Climbing, Running, Swimming, Archery


 Garrett   Garrett Smith | Mechanical Engineering
Research interests:  Dielectric elastomer actuators, Artificial muscles, Soft robotics
Personal interests:  Snowboarding, Video photography, Rock Climbing, Yoga


Visiting Scholars

  Xingrui Wang

Home university: Tongji Univerity, Shanghai, China 



Keplinger Group Alumni

  Eric Ambos | Mechanical Engineering

M.S. Student 2015-2017

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Manhattan College

Currently: StretchSense

  Claire Benjamin | Mechanical Engineering

M.S. Student 2015-2017

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder
B.E. Mechanical Engineering, Vanderbilt University

  Nick Kurtyka | Chemical Engineering

Undergraduate Research Associate 2016 - 2017


Artemii Goshkoderia
Visiting Scholar 2017

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