Prof. Julian J. Rimoli (Georgia Tech) and Prof. Marco Pavone (Stanford) were awarded one of only two Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering Grants of $30,000, reserved for attendees of the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 2016 US Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) Symposium. The project will focus on “the development of tensegrity damping strategies for the exploration of low-gravity planetary bodies, e.g., asteroids and small moons.” Specifically, they will investigate the feasibility of a hybrid between two concepts independently developed by the awardees: an internal actuated rover (named Hedgehog) that has demonstrated unprecedented levels of hopping control in reduced-gravity experiments (Pavone’s work), and compliant tensegrity structures with the ability to absorb and dissipate large amounts of impact energy with minimum structural mass (Rimoli’s work). The hybrid vehicle will provide maximum control while preventing undesired bounces, a challenge illustrated when ESA’s Philae lander bounced more than a kilometer off target during an attempted “dead-stick” landing on a comet.

You can find more details in the following link.



The symposium, taking place on September 19-21 at Irvine, CA, is an invitation-only annual meeting that brings together 100 of the nation’s outstanding young engineers (ages 30-45) from industry, academia, and government, to discuss pioneering technical and leading-edge research in various engineering fields and industry sectors.

09/24/15 - Prof. Rimoli presents at the MIT Distinguished Seminar Series in Computational Science and Engineering.

03/31/16 - Prof. Rimoli will deliver a seminar on length-dependent thermo-mechanical models at the upcoming Northwestern University's Colloquium in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics.

Prof. Rimoli Received the prestigious NSF CAREER Award. You can read more about the proposed work by following this link.