News and Announcements:
PNAS Figure Research on coupled origami tubes published at PNAS. The new "zipper-coupled" origami tubes have one flexible mode through which they can deploy, yet they are substantially stiffer for other types of bending and twisting deformations. These unique mechanical properties could lead to applications of varying scale from architectural canopies (left) to metamaterials (right).       View details, animations and media coverage.
(April 2018) Research group member Steven Woodruff awarded the National Science Foundation GRFP Fellowship!!! The fellowship will support Steven's novel PhD research on the analysis of curved crease deployable structures. Read the CEE UMich News Story about this accomplishment.
(March 2018) Steven's paper selected as one of four finalists for the ASCE E&S Conference Student Paper Competition. Our paper entitled "Structural Analysis of Curved Folded Deployables" was presented at the 2018 ASCE Earth and Space Conference April 9-12, in Cleveland, OH.
(Jan 2018) Prof. Filipov receives the 2018 ZF Automotive award for his research proposal on "Energy Dissipation in Cellular Origami: From Passive to Active Crash Protection".
(Jan 2018) Our group receives a grant from the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The grant will allow us to explore curved folded sheets for applications as stiff, anisotropic, and adaptable structures. See detailed story here.
(Sept 2017) Prof. Filipov present invited seminar at Notre Dame. The seminar titled “Analysis of Origami Structures and Metamaterials,” and was part of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences Structures Seminar Series. Thank you Prof. Khandewal for hosting!
(Aug 2017) Welocome Wo and Steven!!! Steven Woodruff (B.S. Tufts) and Zhongyuan Wo (B.S. Tsinghua) have joined the University of Michigan, and the deployable and reconfigurable structures group as Ph.D. students.