- Ph.D. in Robotics, Carnegie Mellon University
- M.S. in Robotics, Carnegie Mellon University
- M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- Wearable computing
- Multifunctional composites
- Soft materials
Dr. Eric Markvicka directs the Smart Materials and Robotics Laboratory, which is broadly interested in research at the intersection of computer and material science to transform how materials interact with the human body and the world around us. Specifically, we engineer new systems that are composed of intrinsically soft materials (e.g. rubbers, gels, fluids) that exhibit the mechanical compliance of natural, biological tissue to ensure safe interactions with humans. These efforts typically lie in the emerging fields of wearable computing, soft robotics, and multifunctional materials.
Eric received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to arriving at CMU, Eric received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has been a visiting researcher at the Air Force Research Laboratory, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center, and Honeybee Robotics. He is a recipient of graduate research fellowship awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Center for Machine Learning and Health (CMLH) at CMU, and NASA Nebraska Space Grant Consortium.