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Matthew Spenko Ph.D.

Matthew Spenko
Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Office: 

RE-261A

Phone: 

312.567.3452

Fax: 

312.567.7230

Email: 

Education 

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, 1999

Expertise 

Control, dynamics, mechanical design, and soft robotics

Research 

Electrostatic gecko-like adhesives for climbing, perching, and manipulation

Navigation integrity for self driving cars and other mobile robots

Multi-modal locomotion

Awards 

  • MMAE Excellence in Research Award, Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering Department, Illinois Institute of Technology (2018)
  • MMAE Excellence in Teaching Award, Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering Department, Illinois Institute of Technology (2014, 2017)

Professional Society Memberships 

Publications