Welcome to the website of the Dynamics Lab, Professor Oliver M. O’Reilly’s research group in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Our research focuses on the dynamics of mechanical systems and frequently draws upon rigid body dynamics, continuum mechanics, robotics, and biology.

Current interests include discrete elastic rods, the dynamics of flexible risers, models for soft robot locomotion, and fluid-structure interaction. We use a combined analytical, computational, and experimental approach with the goal of elucidating the engineering science underpinning these problems.

Visit our Twitter feed and YouTube channel! You might also be interested in an online education resource on the mathematics of rotations.

Lab News

January 2019

Congratulations to Hyung-Taek Kim on the publication of his first archival journal article on catenary risers in Ocean Engineering  and Prithvi Akella (BS 2018 and now a graduate student at Caltech) on the publication of his first archival journal article on BB-8 and other spherical robots in ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics.

October 2018

Great to see Alireza Lahijanian’s work discussed in an article in the Daily Cal. Ali is a former ME student whose company¬†builds sculptures for the Burning Man festival.

September 2018

Our thanks to Nate Goldberg for putting together our new website!

August 2018

Farewell to Alex, who is going back to Hamburg after a very productive summer of dissertation-writing. Come back soon!

We welcome to the lab Elaine Kwan. Elaine is a first-year MS/PhD student who recently received her BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Congratulations to Dr. Alyssa Novelia, who received her PhD this month and is now starting her career in industry. Best of luck, Alyssa!