Faculty Advisor and Instructor:
Dr. Mark Yim
Mark Yim is a Professor and Director of Integrated Product Design in the Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM) department. Dr. Yim received his B.S. in Engineering Mechanics from Johns Hopkins University in 1987, his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 1989, and also Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 1994.
Dr. Yim’s research interests began with modular robots that are made up of identical active components that can be arranged to form many different configurations, ranging from a snake robot to a humanoid to a 17 legged centipede. These systems can also self-reconfigure, changing the robot’s shape to suit the task. In addition to self-reconfiguring and self-assembling robots, he has also started work on flying robots, and task specification, working to figure out how to specify a task so that a robot configuration can optimally satisfy that task.
He is a recipient of the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching (2009), and member of the General Robotics, Automoation, Sensing, and Perception (GRASP) Lab.