Group Director and Faculty Advisor
Evgueni 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.
Current Program: PhD in Civil Engineering
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 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 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 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
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 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 Scholar and Postdoc
Biniyam Paulos Chamiso – Undergraduate researcher 2019 – Currently: Continuing B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at African Leadership University in Mauritius
Jonathon Patrick Riley – Undergraduate researcher 2019 – Currently: Continuing B.S. in Civil Engineering at the University of Michigan
Adeline M. Steffen – Undergraduate researcher 2019 – Currently: Continuing B.S. in Civil Engineering at the University of Michigan
Marley D. Strong – Undergraduate researcher 2019 – Currently: Graduate Student at the University of Michigan
Kevin Turaczy – Undergraduate researcher 2018 – Currently: Continuing B.S. in Civil Engineering at the University of Michigan
Julia Raneses – SURE Participant 2018 – Currently: Continuing B.S. in Civil Engineering at the University of Michigan
Ella Yazbeck – SURE Participant 2017 – Currently: Continuing B.S. in Civil Engineering at the University of Michigan
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.
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.
Bolivar Perez – SROP Participant 2018 – Currently: Pursuing B.S. in Civil Engineering at the University of Central Florida
Myo Thu Ya Aung – SROP Participant 2017
Shumeng Yang – M.S. Researcher 2017
Our group is always looking for talented students and researchers.
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.