Daniel J. Inman received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Mechanical Engineering in 1980 and is Chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan, as well as the C. L. “Kelly” Johnson Collegiate Professor. Since 1980, he has published eight books (on vibration, energy harvesting, control, statics, and dynamics), eight software manuals, 20 book chapters, over 330 journal papers and 600 proceedings papers, given 62 keynote or plenary lectures, graduated 62 Ph.D. students and supervised more than 75 MS degrees. He works in the area of applying smart structures to solve aerospace engineering problems including energy harvesting, structural health monitoring, vibration suppression and morphing. He is a Fellow of ASME, AIAA, IIAV and AAM.
Lawren Gamble: Postdoc
Lawren Gamble is interested in improving aircraft flight performance through bioinspired morphing by using smart materials to achieve novel shape changes. Her work includes optimizing an extended nonlinear lifting line model to predict span-wise varying aileron deflections to recover from stall for a morphing finite wing, and developing a method of yaw control for flying wing UAVs with a bioinspired horizontal control surface using piezoelectric actuators. Currently, she is investigating how passive aeroelastic shape change impacts biological and man-made fliers. She obtained a Ph.D. and M.S. E.. degree from the University of Michigan, and B.S. degree from Smith College, in General Engineering.
Brittany Essink: Ph.D. Candidate
Brittany’s current research focuses on energy harvesting and metastructures. Her current work includes developing nonlinear zigzag shaped beams for broadband energy harvesting and experimenting with optimized chiral lattice metastructures. She completed her B.S. degree in aerospace engineering at Florida Institute of Technology in 2012, and her M.S. degree in aeronautical engineering with an emphasis in structures and materials and minor in systems engineering at Purdue University in 2014.
Krystal Acosta: Ph.D. Candidate
Krystal Acosta is a PhD candidate in Aerospace Engineering. Her work focuses on Macro-Fiber Composite Actuators for space applications. She is developing a model for the way MFCs behave in extreme temperatures and then validate the model through experiments in lab. She graduated with a Bachelors in Aerospace Engineering and two minors in Astronomy and Materials Engineering from the University of Florida where she previously worked on the synthesis of PZT.
LoriAnne Groo: Ph.D. Candidate
Lori is a Ph.D. candidate in the Aerospace Engineering department. She graduated with her B.S. in May 2016 from Virginia Tech as a double major in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering. She is currently investigating the use of zinc oxide nanowires grown in fiber-reinforced composites for use in structural health monitoring and energy harvesting.
Christina Harvey: Ph.D. Candidate
Christina Harvey is a Ph.D. candidate in the Aerospace Engineering Department. Her research focuses on understanding and analyzing avian pitch stability with the final goal of developing novel pitch controls for unmanned aerial vehicles. She completed her B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Aerospace Engineering at McGill University in 2016 and her M.Sc. in Zoology at the University of British Columbia in 2018.
Kevin Haughn: Ph.D. Candidate
Kevin Haughn is a Ph.D. candidate in the Aerospace Engineering Department. His research focuses using smart materials, namely shape memory alloys, to develop morphing control surfaces for avian inspired unmanned aerial vehicles. He completed his B.S.E in Aerospace Engineering at The University of Michigan in 2018.
Piper Sigrest: Ph.D. Candidate
Piper Sigrest is a PhD candidate in the AIMS lab. Her research interests include using composites and multimaterial structures to create novel actuators and control surfaces. Piper is also interested in exploring morphing technologies for space and rocketry applications. Piper completed a Bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Russian and Eurasian Studies at MIT in May 2018.