Principal Investigator

  Christoph Keplinger | Assistant Professor, Mollenkopf Faculty Fellow
    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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Philipp Rothemund | Mechanical Engineering 
Research interests:  Materials science, Soft actuators, Modeling
Personal interests:  Rock climbing, Hiking, Skiing, Chess

Ph.D. Engineering Sciences, Harvard University

M.S. Engineering Sciences, Harvard University

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
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Timothy Morrissey | Mechanical Engineering
Research interests:  Materials science, Direct energy conversion for sustainable energy, Soft artificial muscles
Personal interests:  Skiing, Pop-up truck campers, Biking,

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder

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

2007 - 2011
B.S. Ceramic Engineer, Alfred University
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Ph.D. Students
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

M.S. Mechanical Engineering University of Colorado Boulder

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 

M.S. Mechanical Engineering University of Colorado Boulder

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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

M.S. Mechanical Engineering University of Colorado Boulder


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 Ellen Rumley | Mechanical Engineering
Research interests:  Soft robotics, Materials science, Polymer physics
Personal interests:  Climbing, Flute, Biking, Hiking, Reading

2014 - 2018
B.A. Physics, Willamette University    Resume

Gavriel Kleinwaks | Mechanical Engineering
Research interests: Materials, Automated mechanics, Fluid mechanics 
Personal interests: Martial arts, Reading, Hiking, Traveling 

2014 - 2018
B.S. Physics, Haverford College

M.S. Students

  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
 Thomas Lund | Mechanical Engineering
Research interests:  Artificial muscles, Biomimicry, Soft grippers, Mechatronics, 3D printing
Personal interests: Ski mountaineering, Rock climbing, Mountain biking, Photography, Music

B.S. Mechanical Engineering University of Colorado Boulder

Matt McClelland | Mechanical Engineering
Research interests: Soft robotics, Controls, Biomimicry, Wearable robotics, Programming  
Personal interests: Guitar, Singing, Snowboarding, Football, Basketball 

2014 - 2018
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas Austin

  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

  Christina Chase-Markopoulou | Engineering Plus
Research interests: Mechanical prosthesis, CAD, Soft robotics
Personal interests: Photography, Biking, Photo editing, Traveling, Basketball   
Trent Martin   Trent Martin | Electrical and Computer Engineering
Research interests:  Electromechanics, Material science, Sustainable design
Personal interests:  Kayaking, Climbing, Hockey, Skiing, Art

 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

    Eliza Beisher | Mechanical Engineering
Undergraduate Research Associate 2018
  Claire Benjamin | Mechanical Engineering

M.S. Student 2015-2017

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

 Madison Emmett | Mechanical Engineering
Undergraduate Research Associate 2016 - 2018

 Vidyacharan (VC) Gopaluni Venkata | Mechanical Engineering

M.S. Student 2012 - 2016

B.Tech Mechatronics, SASTRA University, India
Ethan Harrington   Ethan Harrington | Pre-Engineering
Undergraduate Research Associate 2018

Alex Jaros Alex Jaros | Mechanical Engineering
Undergraduate Research Associate 2018


 Madeline King | Mechanical Engineering
Undergraduate Research Associate 2016 - 2018

  Nick Kurtyka | Chemical Engineering

Undergraduate Research Associate 2016 - 2017


Artemii Goshkoderia
Visiting Scholar 2017

Home university: Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

 Miles Radakovitz | Mechanical Engineering
Undergraduate Research Associate 2016 - 2018