Mark Plecnik, PhD

Discovery and Invention through Computational Mechanical Design

I am an assistant professor at the University of Notre Dame.  I  design mechanical structures that endow robots with locomotive capabilities that were previously not possible.  Generally, I do computational mechanical design and I’m interested in devices we can invent through algorithms but not with our intuition.  My design work has been applied not only to robot locomotion (legs, wings, suspensions), but to human movement enhancement (exoskeletons, orthoses, prosthetics)  and manufacturing equipment (high-speed machinery, grippers). View my research.

Previous Work Experience

Postdoctoral Scholar | University of California, Berkeley | Biomimetic Millisystems Lab | Sept 2015―Nov 2018


  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering | University of California, Irvine | Jun 2013―Jun 2015
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering | University of California, Irvine | Sept 2010―Jun 2013
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering | University of Dayton, OH | Aug 2005―May 2010

Dr. Mark Plecnik
Assistant Professor
Dept of Aero & Mechanical Engineering
University of Notre Dame
372 Fitzpatrick Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556, does not sell, rent, loan, trade, lease or otherwise disclose any personal information, including membership forms, e-mail lists, et al.

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