We are interested in lightweight structures and particularly in problems involving packaging, deployment, shape control and stability. Through a combination of experiments, analytical methods and finite-element simulations we seek to explain and model the complex physical behaviors of novel lightweight structures. We have succeeded in many cases that had at first appeared intractable.
We enjoy working with inventors, designers, engineers who are pushing the boundaries of lightweight structures by exploiting novel structural concepts or new materials. The best way to understand our work is through our publications or by visiting our laboratory and our "museum" containing a display of models made by students and colleagues.