mLab

We are a robotics lab inventing soft active materials, bioinspired mechanisms, and rapid digital manufacturing.

Using biological inspiration, we design mechanisms that are as soft as skin and muscle, then manufacture them with techniques in 3D printing, laser machining, and soft lithography. Two classes of instruments that we have invented so far are controllable gecko-inspired adhesives and soft wearable sensors.

The design and manufacture of soft bioinspired robotic devices that extend our technical capabilities is our goal. The last five decades have seen rigid robots dominate factories, but the future will be characterized by robotic devices that are physically compliant, exceptionally dynamic, and ever-present in our daily lives. This is the engineering tradition of which we are a part: the material revolution of biologically inspired and soft robotics.

mLab News

  • Prof. Menguc received an ONR YIP to work on cephalopod-inspired soft robots!
  • Good luck to Dogan on his robot and presentation competitions at the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition in Houston! (11/2015)
  • Contratulations to Steph for winning the Oregon State Lottery Graduate Fellowship! (9/2015)
  • The mLab has received the innaugural Robotics Fast Track award from DARPA to create an open source 3D printer for soft robotics (link) (9/2015)
  • Prof. Menguc has received the Ralf Busch Materials Science Seminar Speaker Award for the 2015-2016 academic year. The award is given to the best faculty speaker out of about twenty speakers in the year. (7/2015)
  • The mLab welcomes two visiting summer students through the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. Eley Ng is joining us from UT-Austin, and Nick Bira is joining us from University of Missouri. (7/2015)
  • The mLab welcomes three new Ph.D. students! Xiaochen Wang, John Morrow, and Dogan Yirmibesoglu will be joining us this Fall. (9/2015)
  • Prof. Menguc is organizing the Soft Robotics workshop at the upcoming ICRA2015 conference in Seattle along with colleagues from UC San Diego, the University of Tulsa, and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (5/2015)
  • Prof. Menguc attended the Northwest Biomechanics Symposium at the University of Washington, Seattle where he presented on "Soft wearable sensors for biomechanics" and led a round table discussion on "Applying for, securing, and starting a faculty position." (05/2015)
  • Prof. Menguc attended the Soft Robotics Week and Plenary Meeting in Livorno, Italy. (04/2015)
  • Congratulations to Julia Khoury for winning a 2015 Johnson Fellowship! (4/2015)
  • Congratulations to Steph Walker for winning a 2015-2016 Oregon Lottery Fellowship! (4/2015)
  • Congratulations to Judy Jiang for winning a funded URISC fellowship to conduct research on soft actuators! Judy was one of nine students honored, she was the youngest, and the only one from the entire College of Engineering! (12/2014)
  • The mLab is founded at Oregon State University as part of the School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering (MIME) and the new Robotics graduate degree program offering M.S., M.Eng., and Ph.D. (9/2014)

mLab Contact Information

We are located on the second floor of the Graf Hall High Bay.

1680 SW Monroe Ave, Corvallis, Oregon 97331, USA