Dr. Stephan Rudykh - a new faculty
Dr. Stephan Rudykh is joining our Faculty as Assistant Professor. Stephan is currently a postdoctoral scholar in Prof. Mary Boyce’s research group in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He received his Ph.D. from Ben-Gurion University (Israel), where he worked with Prof. Gal deBotton. Stephan was a visiting graduate student in Prof. Katia Bertoldi’s group at Harvard University in 2011, and a visiting graduate student at Caltech in 2009, where he worked with Prof. Kaushik Bhattacharya. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Saint-Petersburg State Polytechnical University.
Dr. Rudykh’s research bridges the gap between material microstructures and macroscopic properties. Stephan actively utilizes the design rules observed in nature to develop bio-inspired materials with a large variety of functionalities. His research profile includes the area of active materials for artificial muscles, actuators, sensors, and soft robotics; bio-inspired flexible armor; acoustic metamaterials; and light-weight composites with extreme mechanical properties. Stephan uses a mix of theory, simulations and experiments involving advanced 3D printing techniques.