Aerospace & Mechanical

Seminar Announcement

A Route Towards Next-Generation Soft Robotics, Wearable and Implantable Electronics

Kitty Kumar

Postdoctoral Associate

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA

For most of the past century, strength and rigidity have been the engineering focus, but in the past decade we have come to value soft matter and flexibility, and have directed engineering efforts in which we could, indeed, turn a dime. Many forms of soft flexible technologies such as wearable health monitors, soft exosuits for rehabilitation and implants for localized drug delivery continue to develop and have the potential to revolutionize healthcare in various ways. In this talk, I will discuss the current challenges for the advancement of soft technologies and show how the research in materials, smart architectures, and manufacturing methods is contributing towards the development of the next generation of soft technologies such as wearables, implants, and robotics.

Kitty Kumar is a postdoctoral associate at Carnegie Mellon University. Her interests broadly encompass smart materials and structures for soft devices and fabrication methods to manufacture such devices at a large scale. She is interested in developing next-generation soft devices and systems by seamlessly fusing biological principles, chemistry and engineering. Kitty received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, where she focused on the fabrication of flexible solar cells and developed a novel laser processing technique to structure dielectric thin films for flexible electronics. During the postdoctoral position at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Technologies, Harvard University, she concentrated on the design and fabrication of bio-inspired advanced soft robotic systems for biomedical applications.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
3:30 PM
Seaver Science Library, Room 150 (SSL 150)

Refreshments will be served at 3:15 pm.