Nick Gravish

Assistant Professor
UC San Diego

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
EBU II, Room 280
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Nick Gravish

Assistant Professor
UC San Diego

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
EBU II, Room 280
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My research focuses on applying the principles of biological systems towards the design and control of mobile robots. I am passionate about mechanical design and system dynamics, and I enjoy working at the intersection of these areas with biological locomotion research. The current research in my lab is focused on three core areas: 1) development of novel fabrication methods for bio-inspired mobile robots at small and large scales, 2) translating principles of biological legged locomotion to legged robot design and control, 3) development of bio-inspired energy efficient flapping wing robots.

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  • Postdoctoral scholar at Harvard University (2013 - 2016)
    • School of Engineering & Applied Sciences
    • Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
    • Advisers: Robert J. Wood and Stacey A. Combes
  • Ph.D. in Physics at Georgia Tech School of Physics (2008 - 2013)
    • Thesis: Collective dynamics of active and passive granular media
    • Minor: Mechanics of materials
    • Adviser: Daniel I. Goldman
  • B.S. in Physics at University of California, Santa Barbara (2001 - 2005)
    • Undergraduate Research Honors, 2004 & 2005


MAE207: Bio-inspired mobile robotics. Spring 2018, 2019

MAE 150: Computer aided analysis and design. Winter 2018, 2019

MAE 156A: Fundamental Principles of Mechanical Design I. Winter 2017, 2019. Fall 2018.

MAE 3: Introduction to Engineering Graphics and Design. Spring, 2017