Our research explores the modeling, simulation, and design of morphing and lightweight structures and materials, especially those inspired by origami and tensegrity.  There is also interest in the application of shape memory alloys, shape memory polymers, and active composites on morphing structures.  The overarching goal of our research is the development of structures and materials with optimal properties such as minimal mass, minimal energy usage, and tailorable stiffness.



Morphing Aerospace Structures




Microfabrication using Origami



Compliant Mechanism Design



Design of Metamaterials




If you are interested in doing research in this area and joining the team, contact Prof. Hernandez at eperazah@uci.edu