Sanjay Dastoor
Mechanical Engineering
Bio-X Graduate Student Fellowships 2006/2007
Profs. Mark Cutkosky (Mechanical Engineering) and Scott Delp (Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering)

Sanjay is researching the application of artificial muscles to robotics and prosthetics through a novel manufacturing method.  Electric motors lack many of the dynamic characteristics of biological muscle, limiting their use in biomimetic devices.  Electroactive polymer actuators are a promising alternative with muscle-like performance, light weight, low cost, and silent operation.  He is developing methods for fabricating these actuators using shape deposition manufacturing, which allows customized geometries, heterogeneous materials, and embedded components.