Mechanical Engineering Fall Seminar Series: Class 530.803

October 17, 2019 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Krieger 205

“Avian Inspired Design”

Presented by Professor David Lentink
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University

My lab focusses on understanding every aspect of bird flight to improve flying robots—because birds fly further, longer, and more reliable in complex visual and wind environments. I use this multidisciplinary lens that integrates biomechanics, aerodynamics, and robotics to advance our understanding of the evolution of flight. The experimental approaches range from making robotic models to training birds to fly in custom-designed flight arenas to make novel direct aerodynamic force measurements in flight as well as studying their flight control strategies. I will show how these and other ongoing studies in my lab have inspired new biohybrid soft morphing aerial robots.

Professor Lentink’s multidisciplinary lab studies how birds fly to develop better flying robots—integrating biomechanics, fluid mechanics, and robot design. He has a BS and MS in Aerospace Engineering (Aerodynamics, Delft University of Technology) and a PhD in Experimental Zoology cum laude (Wageningen University). During his PhD he visited the California institute of Technology for 9 months to study insect flight. His postdoctoral training at Harvard was focused on studying bird flight. Publications range from technical journals to cover publications in Nature and Science. He is an alumnus of the Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, recipient of the Dutch Academic Year Prize, the NSF CAREER award, he has been recognized in 2013 as one of 40 scientists under 40 by the World Economic Forum, and he is the inaugural winner of the Steven Vogel Young Investigator Award.

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