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Ed Habtour

Ed Habtour

Research focus

Biomimetic actuation, nonlinear structural dynamics, nature-based robots


Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, 2015
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, 2014
M.E. Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2006
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Utah State University, 2004

New assistant professor Ed Habtour joins Aeronautics and Astronautics from Sandia National Laboratories where he was a principal member. He held numerous research positions in the Department of Defense, Department of Energy and defense industries. His research encompasses the spectrum of aerospace engineering, including structural dynamics, structural control and health monitoring, and soft robotics.

At the UW, he will continue his research in the Illimited Lab. Drawing inspiration from actuation mechanisms seen in musculoskeletal systems, he will emulate biological functions to gain insights into their complex yet efficient dynamics. His goal is to establish new theoretical principles for engineering living structures that will go beyond the typical design objectives such as strength, stiffness and low mass, towards a new class of structures capable of performing dynamic functions, such as actuation, sensing, self-healing, and adaptation.