David Levine, May 2017.

My name is David Levine, and I am a first year Ph.D. student studying Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics at the University of Pennsylvania, advised by Dr. Cynthia Sung. As a part of Dr. Sung's research lab, I am a student in the GRASP Lab at UPenn, which is an interdisciplinary research center studying general robotics, automation, sensing and perception. I recently graduated from Cornell University in May 2017 with a B.S. degree in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. I am extremely interested in biologically-inspired, reconfigurable soft robotic systems. I would like to incorporate soft, programmable materials into foldable, self-assembling machines to investigate surface or undersea environments. I hope to accomplish this goal through the analysis & finite-element simulation of bio-inspired robot designs and characterization of applicable soft materials. I am very interested in the production of these designs via 3D printing, amongst other advanced manufacturing techniques. Through biological mimicry, robots can provide functionality similar to that of many terrestrial organisms. This will allow for bio-inspired soft robots that can not only maneuver in other-worldly domains, but also traverse Earthly terrain and help contribute to search & rescue, defense, and medical applications here on our home planet.

I have had the opportunity to amass a wide variety of work experiences throughout the course of my engineering career. I have research experience from Cornell University, where I was an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Rob Shepherd's Organic Robotics Laboratory and Dr. Mason Peck's Space Systems Design Studio. In industry, I have participated in summer internships at SpaceX in Hawthorne, California, and at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, Maryland.

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