Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Dr. Kathryn Daltorio received a Grainger Grant, following her participation in the 2019 NAE Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) symposium

The symposium attendees last year were invited to participate in a competition for 2 Grainger grants, and her group (with Masahiro Ono at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory) is one of the two winners. The grant will support two focused meetings on autonomous responsive control of modular robots for confined spaces. Daltorio and Ono hope that by working together they can apply and validate new control strategies that give modular robots greater responsiveness and autonomy. The grant will also cover funding for a graduate student to bridge implementation between Daltorio’s bio-inspired robotics work and Hiro’s Exobiology Extant Life Surveyor (EELS) project, an ambitious confined space robot. Robots that can move in confined spaces have the potential to help address several of the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering.