With turtle-inspired project, Rebecca Kramer wins Young Investigator Award

Rebecca Kramer, assistant professor of mechanical engineering & materials science, has been awarded a Young Investigator Research Program grant from the Office of Naval Research.

With this award, Kramer will create the first morphing robotic limb capable of matching its configuration and stiffness to its environment. She credits her inspiration for the idea to biological sea turtles and terrestrial tortoises.  

“Sea turtles and tortoises are anatomically similar. The major difference is morphology of the limbs,” she said. “Sea turtles have flippers for swimming, stability control, and maneuvering, whereas tortoises have legs for support of the body and movement on land. Our limb design will allow movement in both environments while permitting functionality in the tidal zone.’”

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