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Contact us at multifieldorigami@mne.psu.edu

Welcome

Watch videos about our project:

http://www.nbclearn.com/innovation/cuecard/105467

https://youtu.be/GXCgWZlRCdQ

 

Project Description


          Our EFRI-ODISSEI National Science Foundation funded project, "Multi-field Responsive Origami Structures - Advancing the Emerging Frontier of Active Compliant Mechanisms", seeks to develop artistically inspired multi-field origami structures that actively fold and unfold from an initially flat sheet into complex three-dimensional shapes in response to different fields.  This entails the use of active materials capable of large deformation, identifying target structures based on artistically inspired shapes, optimization of origami structures to improve performance, and designing active materials to incorporate a controlled distribution of nano- and micro-particles to achieve desired material properties.

 

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          The project is led by the Pennsylvania State University and collaborates with George Mason University and the Pennsylvania State University Altoona College. 

 

 

Acknowledgements


We gratefully acknowledge the support of the National Science Foundation EFRI grant number 1240459 and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. 

       

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

 

Recent News

Brad Hanks wins first place at the annual Millennium Café pitch competition

June 2017

Read more at:

https://www.facebook.com/PSUMechEng/photos/a.10150245407652078.319628.148816492077/10154634437902078/?type=3&theater

 

EFRI Team Picnic

May 2017

The EFRI team celebrates the annual meeting with a picnic at Sunset Park:

 

Co-PI and Penn State Laureate Rebecca Strzelec presents "Art + Engineering = Creative Problem Solving" 

April 2017

http://news.psu.edu/story/458848/2017/03/29/penn-state-laureate-discuss-creative-problem-solving-april-13-lecture 

You can watch the presentation in the link below:

http://live.libraries.psu.edu/Mediasite/Play/9e12af1b7df64ffa95df5996f1e1bf191d?catalog=8376d4b2-4dd1-457e-a3bf-e4cf9163feda

 

 

GE Research Summit

August 2016



Team photo

June 2016

 

 

PI Mary Frecker speaks at Capitol Hill on origami engineering and innovation.

June 2016

https://www.nsf.gov/news/newsmedia/innovation_matters/

  

Undergraduate student Erika Arrojado creates award-winning ROAR video about her origami engineering research

April 2016

 

Co-PI Rebecca Strzelec named Penn State Laureate

April 2016

http://news.psu.edu/story/401169/2016/03/31/arts-and-entertainment/professor-visual-arts-rebecca-strzelec-named-2016-17?utm_source=newswire&utm_medium=email&utm_term=401083_HTML&utm_content=03-31-2016-22-51&utm_campaign=Penn%20State%20Today

 

Undergraduate student Elaine Sung presents her origami engineering research at the PA state capitol

April 2016

http://news.psu.edu/story/400004/2016/03/28/academics/mechanical-engineering-seniors-showcase-research-Harrisburg

 

Science of Innovation Video Series

February 2016

PI Dr. Mary Frecker and the PSU origami engineering team are the subject of a new Science of Innovation video produced by NBC Learn.  Watch the video here: http://www.nbclearn.com/innovation/cuecard/105467 and read more about the video series here: http://www.mne.psu.edu/News/2016/16-Frecker-Innovation-Video.aspx.

 

2015 Best Paper Award in Materials from the Aerospace Division of the ASME

March 2015

A journal paper based on our NSF EFRI-sponsored work has received the 2015 Best Paper award in Materials from the Adaptive Structures & Material Systems branch of the Aerospace Division of the ASME. 

Best paper in Materials:

S Ahmed, Z Ounaies and M Frecker, Investigating the performance and properties of dielectric elastomer actuators as a potential means to actuate origami structures, Smart Materials and Structures, Vol. 23, 2014


2015 Emerging Researchers National Conference

February 2015

EFRI-REM participants Kelly Forest, Sarah Dangelo, and Hannah Feldstein present their research at the 2015 Emerging Researchers National Conference in Washington DC. Hannah Feldstein was awarded first place in the EFRI-REM poster presentation competition.

 

 

Origami Engineering featured on ASME website

January 2015

https://www.asme.org/engineering-topics/articles/design/engineering-meets-art

 

Origami Engineering on Live Science News

December 2014

Check us out at this livescience article:

http://www.livescience.com/49121-origami-inspired-engineering-is-expanding.html

 

Fall 2014 College of Engineering Design Showcase

December 2014

Fall 2014 College of Engineering Design Showcase, which features capstone design projects, first year design projects, and other groups.  The event is attended by many members of the university, the industry and the public.  Dr. Mary Frecker, Kara Springsteen, Sarah Masters, and Sarah Dangelo (left to right in picture below) attended the event by showcasing origami research as part of the REM program.


 

Materials Research Institute (MRI) News

December 2014

Check us out at the MRI News site:

http://www.mri.psu.edu/news/publications/focus-on-materials/fall-2014/smart-materials.asp

 

SMASIS 2014

September 2014

A special track on origami engineering was held at the 2014 ASME Conference on Smart Materials Adaptive Structures and Integrated Systems, including a panel session and paper folding activity.  Zoubeida Ounaies and Mary Frecker led the group in an origami catapult folding and launch competition.


Adam Shrager wins first place at ASME Undergraduate Student Mechanisms Design Competition
August 20, 2014

Adam Shrager won first place in the ASME undergraduate student mechanisms design competition at the ASME IDETC in Buffalo, NY in August, 2014

Adrienne Crivaro wins award at GE Research Summit
August 15, 2014

Congratulations to Adrienne Crivaro on winning an award for her research work at the GE research summit!

For more information, please visit:  http://news.psu.edu/story/323646/2014/08/22/academics/mechanical-engineering-graduate-students-win-awards-ge-research?utm_source=newswire&utm_medium=email&utm_term=324051_TEXT&utm_content=08-26-2014-15-06&utm_campaign=engineering%20newswire.

Outreach Event at Discovery Space Science Museum
July 1, 2014

A special track on origami engineering was held at the 2014 ASME Conference on Smart Materials Adaptive Structures and Integrated Systems, including a panel session and paper folding activity.  Zoubeida Ounaies and Mary Frecker led the group in an origami catapult folding and launch competition.

 

The outreach team returned to the Discovery Space Science Museum in State College, PA to teach children about art and engineering through origami.


More at: http://sites.psu.edu/engineering/2014/07/02/the-intersection-between-art-and-engineering/

 

 

Team Picture from May
May, 2014

 

 

 

 


 

Origami Team Meets at Penn State
October 23, 2013

Faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students meet at Rowan University.

Our team meets at the Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania to discuss progress on our project and set goals for the coming academic year.

Robert Lang Visits the Electroactive Material Characterization Laboratory at Penn State
September 25, 2013

Robert Lang (center) and Dr. Zoubeida Ounaies (right) exchange ideas on active materials useful for active origami applications.

Robert Lang visits the Electroactive Material Characterization Laboratory (EMCL) for demonstrations active materials responding to a variety of applied fields that are useful for developing multi-field responsive origami structures.

More at: http://sites.psu.edu/engineering/2013/09/25/an-origami-rock-star-visits-penn-state/

Discovery Space Science Museum
July 31, 2013

The Centre Daily Times highlights the outreach team conducting a hands-on engineering and origami problem solving program for children ages 6-8 at the Discovery Space Science Museum in State College, PA. 


More at: http://www.centredaily.com/2013/08/01/3714836/children-learn-engineering-through.html

 

 

Demonstration and Presentation at the KCF Tech pARTy
July 12, 2013


From left to right, Meghan Riegel, Carrie Tedesco, Carlye Lauff, and Kevin McGough demonstrate the response of the Magneto Active Elastomer (MAE) material under the application of a magnetic field and showcase applications in origami art and engineering.

Students gave a demonstration and presentation about their work on the grant at the KCF Tech pARTy, an event intended to foster collaboration between arts and engineering within the State College, PA community, occurring on July 12, 2013.

Presentation at Millennium Cafe
June 11, 2013

Dr. Mary Frecker presents our team's research to encourage the exploration of new ideas to foster an environment of innovation.

More at: http://www.mri.psu.edu/events/cafe/

Origami Team Meets at Rowan University
May 2, 2013

Faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students meet at Rowan University.

Our team meets at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey to discuss new findings and design integration.  Team members from Rowan University, the Pennsylvania State University, and George Mason University were present.

Congratulations to Rebecca Strzelec - Recipient of the Outstanding Achievement in Research and Creative Activity Award
April 16, 2013

Rebecca Strzelec (center) receives the Outstanding Achievement in Research and Creative Activity Award from the Penn State Altoona College.

Rebecca Strzelec, professor of visual arts at the Penn State Altoona College, received the Outstanding Achievement in Research and Creative Activity Award on April 16, 2013.  This award reflects the recipient's ability to procure external grants and/or publish books within the past year.

More at: http://www.altoona.psu.edu/now/news.php?value=4167

Work Presented at a2ru Symposium
March 14, 2013

Team members present their work at the inaugural symposium of the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) hosted at the Pennsylvania State University.

More at: https://artsandarchitecture.psu.edu/news/penn-state-plays-key-role-alliance-arts-research-universitie

"Folding it Together: Art and Engineering-based Active Origami" Presented at Penn State Great Valley
February 27, 2013


Members of our team present their work at Penn State Great Valley.  From left to right, Dr. Paris von Lockette (Rowan University), Rebecca Strzelec (PSU Altoona), Robert Sheridan (Rowan Univeristy), Dr. Mary Frecker (PSU), Adrienne Crivaro (PSU) and Carlye Lauff (PSU).

"A team of Penn State faculty and staff from engineering and visual arts is developing origami structures that fold on demand to achieve large shape transformations. This presentation will include clips from the award-winning film Between the Folds film, a description of how the team of engineers and artists came together, a discussion of how this work applies to engineering problems and art, and a hands-on origami activity for the audience."

More at: http://news.psu.edu/story/265034/2013/02/20/research/penn-state-investigators-discuss-how-origami-unites-art-and

Folding Frontier - Origami Engineering Could Be The Next Big Thing in Manufacturing.
January, 2013


"Mary Frecker and graduate student Adrienne Crivaro discuss the design of a three dimensional origami structure."

"Which of the many technologies will prevail in origami engineering remains a very open question.  Penn State's Mary Frecker has an ODISSEI grant to develop the Dagwood of origami sandwiches: layers of different materials that respond to magnetic, electrical, and thermal stimuli.  Each layer will be programmed to assume particular shapes."

More at: http://www.prism-magazine.org/jan13/feature_01.cfm

Origami Evolves into Modern Art
September 13, 2012

"For hundreds of years, through the traditional Japanese art of Origami, people have molded complex shapes such as cranes and flowers from a single piece of paper.  This principle of making 3-D shapes out of one sheet of material is a practice Mary Frecker plans on applying in creating new designs for objects such as surgical instruments, aircrafts and more.  Frecker, professor of mechanical engineering and bioengeering at Penn State, recently received a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation as the prime investigator to work on an Origami-inspired engineering project titled, "Multi-field Responsive Origami Structures - Advancing the Emerging Frontier of Active Compliant Mechanisms.""

More at: http://www.collegian.psu.edu/archive/2012/09/13/origami_evolves_into_modern_art.aspx

Origami Design Methods Project Receives $2 Million NSF Grant
August 28, 2012

"A $2 million grant form the National Science Foundation (NSF) has been awarded to principal investigator (PI) Mary Frecker, professor of mechanical engineering, to develop methods to design active origami structures to be used for applications in minimally invasive surgery, adaptive aircraft structures, reconfigurable robots and deployable space structures."

More at: http://live.psu.edu/story/60913#nw54

Engineers Pursue Flexible Electronics, Self-folding Structures and Controlled Photosynthesis on a Grand Scale
August 23, 2012

"The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced 15 Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) grants for fiscal year 2012, awarding nearly $30 million to 68 investigators at 26 institutions.  During the next four years, teams of researchers will pursue transformative, fundamental research in three emerging areas: flexible electronic systems that can better interface with the body; design of self-folding materials and structures; and optimizing large-scale chemical ..."

More at: http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=125261

 

March 2015

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