Origami-Inspired Engineering, from Minimally Invasive Surgery to Exoplanet Exploration – 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The engineering world has exploded with recent interest in the craft of origami.  This traditional art form has become fertile ground for inspiration of devices with applications ranging from medicine to aerospace.  What is it about origami that makes it attractive and why is the origami revolution occurring now?  This talk will present an overview of the prominent figures and applications that are currently driving innovation in the field.  Engineers and artists alike have come together to develop new techniques that take the practice from paper curiosities to practical engineered devices and systems.  Mathematicians, material scientists, roboticists, architects, and mechanical designers are all investigating classical origami patterns and inventing new ones, benefiting from the insights and craftsmanship of partnering artists.  The interaction of scientists and artists has mutually benefited both sides: beyond the novel advancements in engineering, the artists themselves are taking back the numerical tools and material innovations, using them to produce revolutionary pieces of balanced complexity and elegance.

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Date: 02/08/2018

Time: 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Price: $15

Class availability limitations: Full


Dr. Brian Trease

Dr. Brian Trease

Dr. Brian Trease, a former NASA engineer, has spent the past five years applying the art of origami to the practice of mechanical engineering. Before joining the University of Toledo in 2015, he worked at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA on a variety of projects ranging from rover mobility to printable spacecraft to solar sail development. Before leaving, we was the lead “origami engineer” of a 30-meter deployable telescope structure as part of the ambitious Starshade mission. His current research interests at UT include origami-inspired design, biomimicry, swarm robotics, and autonomous robotics for environmental remediation.