Our research explores the modeling, simulation, and design aspects of morphing structures, 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 aerospace structures with optimal properties such as minimal mass, minimal energy usage, and tailorable stiffness.


Compliant Mechanism Design


Microfabrication using Origami


Design of Metamaterials






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