- 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
Research Opportunities (Graduate/Undergraduate)
Areas of Research and Professional Interest
- Soft robotics
- Stretchable electronics
- Multifunctional composites
- Soft materials
- MECH 350: Dynamics and Control of Engineering Systems (Spring 2019-2022)
- MECH 453/853: Robotics: Kinematics and Design (Fall 2020-2021)
- MECH 492/892 (Co-Instructor): Data-Driven Science and Engineering (Spring 2021)
About Eric Markvicka
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. Prof. Markvicka is the recipient of the 2021 NUtech Ventures Emerging Innovator of the Year.
Prof. Markvicka received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to arriving at CMU, he received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering at 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 the recipient of the 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.