Miller School of Albemarle

Students Visit the Bio-Inspired Engineering Research Laboratory at the University of Virginia

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On Sunday, November 14th, students from the Miller School of Albemarle Design/Build classes and robotics team visited the Bio-Inspired Engineering Research Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UVa.

The Bio-Inspired Engineering Research Laboratory (BIER Lab) at the University of Virginia is an internationally recognized center for biologically inspired engineering research, with the primary goal of designing an autonomous robotic manta ray. Current research teams are engaged on a broad array of issues related to reverse engineering of biological systems, including: active tensegrity structures with integrated actuation, electro-active polymers (artificial skin/muscle), central pattern generator control, and hydrodynamics.

During the visit, Professor Hilary Bart-Smith, founder of BIER Lab, introduced research activities and education at Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Dr. Joe Zhu gave an example of “design and build” at BIER Lab.  Students learned what today’s engineers do in real world situations and what state-of-the-art software and equipments they are using for research.

Written by Miller School of Albemarle

November 22, 2010 at 9:57 AM

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