Professor Oliver M. O’Reilly


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Oliver M. O’Reilly is the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a former Chair of the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate and a former Associate Dean for Graduate Education in the Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society.

O’Reilly received his BE in Mechanical Engineering from the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). Subsequently, he received his MS and PhD degrees in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Cornell University, where he studied under Phil Holmes and Frank Moon. After spending two years as a postdoc at the Institut für Mechanik at ETH Zürich under Jürg Dual, he joined the faculty in Mechanical Engineering at Cal in 1992. His interests span the fields of continuum mechanics and nonlinear dynamics.

He has a broad range of specializations including directed (or Cosserat) theories of deformable bodies, constrained rigid body dynamics, contact mechanics, linear and nonlinear vibrations and linear and nonlinear dynamics of deformable bodies. He has applied these interests to a range of applications including MEMS resonators, brake squeal, soft robots, flexible ocean risers, the dynamics of toys, motorcycle navigation, axially moving media, artificial and natural satellites, spinal kinematics and vehicle collision dynamics.

O’Reilly has published over 100 archival journal articles, written three textbooks, coauthored a recent book on discrete elastic rods and is a co-inventor on two patents. He has also received several teaching awards including UC Berkeley’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 1999, the Pi Tau Sigma Professor of the Year Award in 2003, and the Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award in 2013. In 2021, he was a recipient of the Berkeley Faculty Service Award.

Graduate Students

Theresa Honein

Contact: theresa_honein@berkeley.edu

Theresa Honein received her BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Balamand, Lebanon in 2019 and began her graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley in the same year. Her current research focuses on models for soft robots. Theresa is currently working as a Graduate Student Instructor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Brian W. Muldoon

Contact: brianmuldoon@berkeley.edu

Brian Muldoon received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station in 2019. He began pursuing a MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley starting fall of 2019. A recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, his current research focuses on the modeling of soft robots.

Ryan Quintana

Contact: ryanquintana@berkeley.edu

Ryan Quintana received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces in 2020. He began his graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley in the fall of 2021. His current research focuses on nonlinear modal interactions in beams and modifying perturbation theories and harmonic balance methods. Ryan is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Lab Alumni

Kristin M. de Payrebrune

Postdoctoral Researcher, 2014-2016

Mechanics of Soft Robots

Daniel T. Kawano

Visiting Scholar, 2017

Miguel Christophy

MS 2010

Dynamics of the Human Spine

Personal Website

Christopher Daily-Diamond

MS 2013 and PhD 2017

Ocean Wave Energy Converter, Shoelace Failure, Soft Robotics

Personal Webpage

Nathaniel N. Goldberg

MS 2019 and PhD 2022

Spaghetti Mechanics and Dynamics of Structural Contact

Evan Hemingway

MS 2016 and PhD 2020

Gimbal Lock and Higher-Order Rod Theories

Avery J. Jutkowitz

MS 2003

Motorcycle Navigation and Dynamics

Patrick (Patch) Kessler

MS 2004 and PhD 2007

Rigid Body Dynamics, Euler’s Disk, Pseudospectra and Motorcycle Navigation

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Nathan M. Kinkaid

MS 2001 and PhD 2004

Contact Mechanics, Brake Squeal and Dynamics of Rods

Todd A. Lauderdale

MS 2002 and PhD 2004

Dynamics of Rods, Material Symmetry and MEMS Resonator Design

Personal Webpage

David A. Moody

MS 2008 and PhD 2011

Dynamics of the Human Spine

Personal Webpage

Alyssa Novelia

MS 2015 and PhD 2018

Dynamics of the Eye and Mechanics of Soft Robots

Jeun Jye Ong

MS 2003

Mechanics of Growing Bodies

Daniel M. Peters

MS 2008 and PhD 2011

Dynamics of the Human Spine

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Benjamin L. Thoma

MS 2001

Deformable Satellite Dynamics

Peter C. Varadi

MS 1996 and PhD 1999

Vehicle Dynamics, Cosserat Points, Stability of Elastic Rods, Dynamics of Shocks and Discontinuities

Personal Webpage

Joshua P. Coaplen

Motorcycle Navigation

Paul Drazin

MS 2013 and PhD 2017

Theory of Hybrid Testing Methods, Modeling and Analysis of Multi-stage Friction Pendulum Systems

David W. Gulick

Dynamics of the Dynabee

Wayne Huang

MS 2006

MEMS Strain Sensor Temperature Compensation

Eva A. Kanso

MS 1999

Rigid Body Contact

Hyung-Taek Kim

PhD 2019

Dynamics of Flexible Risers

Elaine H. Kwan

MS 2019

Image Tracking for Soft Robots

Ahrie H. Moon

Geometry of Contact

Thomas R. Nordenholz

MS 1995 and PhD 1998

Continuum Mechanics, Cosserat Points and Rods

Bayram Orazov

MS 2008 and PhD 2011

Dynamics of Charles Taylor’s One-Wheeled Vehicle, Dynamics of an Ocean Wave Energy Converter

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Nur Adila Faruk Senan

MS 2008 and PhD 2011

Plant Growth and Dynamics of the Human Spine

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Timothy N. Tresierras

MS 2007 and PhD 2009

Plant Growth and Dynamics of Rods

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Jeffrey S. Turcotte

PhD 1996

Approximate Theories of Rods and Vibrations of Rods

Xuance Zhou

PhD 2015

Models and Analysis of Locomotion and Gripping in Soft Robots

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