Research Group

Group Director and Faculty Advisor

Evgueni T. Filipov

Assistant Professor,
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Michigan
Biography of E.T. Filipov

I am an Assistant Professor at the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Michigan. My research interests lie in the field of deployable, reconfigurable, and adaptable structures. Folding and adaptable structures based on the principles of origami can have practical applications ranging in scale and discipline from biomedical robotics to deployable architecture. I am interested in exploring the fundamental mechanics of these thin sheet systems and creating analytical tools that can simulate mechanical and multi-physical phenomena in suchstructures. 
More detailed information on my researchpublicationsteaching.
My brief biographical information is below, and a CV is available here.


Graduate Students

Steven Woodruff
Current Program: PhD in Civil Engineering
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Steven graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. His graduate research is focused on modeling the geometry and structural behavior of deployable, curved-fold structures inspired by origami. His long-term goal is to implement analytical methods for this unique flavor of structures in order to gain a greater understanding of their anisotropic and geometry-dependent stiffness properties in the context of large-scale, civil structures. 

Zhongyuan Wo
Current Program: PhD in Civil Engineering
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Zhongyuan received a Bachelor’s degree (with top honors) in Civil Engineering from Tsinghua University, China. His graduate research is focused on exploring local behaviors of thin-walled cellular origami structures. The work is studying how the self-restricting nature of thin sheets can be harnessed to create reconfiguring structures with unique physical properties.

Maria Redoutey
Current Program: PhD in Civil Engineering

Maria graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan. Her early research focused on bistable origami patterns including the hyperbolic paraboloid (hypar). Her research interests include deployable, lightweight, and multistable structures. Currently, she is exploring new frontiers for origami inspired structures including the micro-fabrication of origami and incorporating knit textiles into origami fabrication.

Yi Zhu
Current Program: PhD in Civil Engineering
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Yi earned his Master’s degree from UC Berkeley and his Bachelor’s degree from Tongji University, China. His PhD research focuses on optimizing small-scale actuators with principles learned from origami. If successful, the research will improve the efficiency of small-scale actuators and create multi-functional actuating systems.

Mira Diab El Harakeh
Current Program: PhD in Macromolecular Sciences and Engineering

Mira is a Ph. D pre-candidate in the Macromolecular Sciences and Engineering program (Macro) at the University of Michigan. She is co-advised by Prof. Jinsang Kim from Macro and Prof. Evgueni Filipov from CEE. Mira earned her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the Lebanese University and a master’s degree of Science in Organic Chemistry from the American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon. She is interested in exploring and designing active polymers for the self-folding of origami inspired assemblages.  Her broader interests encompass functional polymers for various useful applications. 

Yutong Xia
Current Program: PhD in Mechanical Engineering

Yutong received her Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Michigan and her Bachelor’s degree from Dalian University of Technology, China. Her early PhD research focused on the deployment dynamics of the origami sheet structures. Her ongoing and proposed work is on the dynamics of fluidic origami structures. Her research interests include origami deployment dynamics, dynamics of bistable/multistable origami structures, and energy absorption and impact mitigation through the multistability characteristics of origami structures.



Visiting Scholars and Postdocs



Undergraduate Students




Former Members

Bin Wang

Visiting Scholar from Tsinghua University (Current: Continuing Ph.D. at Tsinghua University)

Bin received his Bachelor’s degree from Shanghai University, China and now is working on his PhD program about origami in Tsinghua University, China. Meanwhile he applied a one-year exchange program to University of Michigan from Nov 2018 to Nov 2019. His program during visiting focus on verifying rigid-foldability and investigating the deploying geometry of curved origami tube. This research exploit a new kind of origami tube and can have lots of application in fluid transfer, robotic engineering, civil engineering etc.

Ann Sychterz

Postdoctoral Researcher (Current: Assistant Professor at UIUC)

Ann Sychterz obtained her PhD in 2018 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) addressed the novel use of control algorithms, statistical diagnostic tools, and real-time feedback on a full-scale tensegrity structure to enable smooth deployability, damage detection, adaptation, and learning. During her masters of applied science obtained in 2014 at the University of Waterloo, she built full-scale aluminum pedestrian bridges for vibration characterization and control. She completed her bachelor of applied science in civil engineering at the University of Waterloo in 2012. Her current work is focused on addressing the question of making complex adaptive structures (such as tensegrity and origami structures) to be resilient and sustainable.

Ariel Roy – Undergraduate researcher 2020

Eden Benti – Undergraduate researcher 2020

Biniyam Paulos Chamiso – Undergraduate researcher 2019

Jonathon Patrick Riley –  Undergraduate researcher 2019

Adeline M. Steffen – Undergraduate researcher 2019 

Marley D. Strong – Undergraduate researcher 2019

Kevin Turaczy – Undergraduate researcher 2018

Julia Raneses – SURE Participant 2018

Bolivar Perez – SROP Participant 2018 

Ella Yazbeck – SURE Participant 2017

Myo Thu Ya Aung – SROP Participant 2017

Shumeng Yang – M.S. Researcher 2017



Our group is always looking for talented students and researchers.

Graduate Students : Please apply for graduate admission to the University of Michigan CEE program here. For detailed discussion on our research see the research page or contact Prof. Filipov.

Undergraduate Students: During the school year there are undergraduate research opportunities through the UROP program or through independent study. For Summer Research Projects consider applying to the SURE/SROP programs – see CEE Project 11.