Professor Oliver M. O’Reilly


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Oliver M. O’Reilly is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley and Chair of the University’s Academic Senate. He 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. 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, the dynamics of toys, motorcycle navigation, axially moving media, artificial and natural satellites, spinal kinematics and vehicle collision dynamics. O’Reilly has published over 90 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.

 

Graduate Students

Evan Hemingway

Contact: evanhem@berkeley.edu

Evan Hemingway received his BS degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2014 and his MS degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley in 2016. He is currently a PhD candidate at UC Berkeley. His current research involves discretization methods for elastic rods. He also enjoys teaching concepts in mechanics and physics to students at all levels. Evan is a recipient of the Berkeley Fellowship for Graduate Study and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Nathaniel N. Goldberg

Contact: nn@berkeley.edu

Nathaniel Goldberg is a PhD candidate in his third year of graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Nathaniel received his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego in 2017 and his MS degree from UC Berkeley in 2019. His current research concerns the mechanics of contact in elastic rods. Nathaniel is a recipient of the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship and the Berkeley Fellowship for Graduate Study.

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 in the Department of Mathematics at UC Berkeley.

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. His current research focuses on the modeling of soft robots. Brian is currently working within the University of California as a Graduate Student Instructor for Electronics for the Internet of Things. His personal website, highlighting previous professional experiences and personal projects, can be found at www.brianwmuldoon.com.

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

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

Personal Webpage

 

Nur Adila Faruk Senan

MS 2008 and PhD 2011

Plant Growth and Dynamics of the Human Spine

Personal Webpage

 

Timothy N. Tresierras

MS 2007 and PhD 2009

Plant Growth and Dynamics of Rods

Personal Webpage

 

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

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

 

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

Personal Webpage

 

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

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