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
Personal Website

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
Personal Website

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.

 

 

Visiting Scholar and Postdoc


Bin Wang

Visiting Scholar from 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

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.

 

 

Undergraduate Students


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 

 

Former Members


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

 

Opportunities


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.