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Our work is multidisciplinary, we rely on modeling and understanding of basic physical principles to guide creative designs that are heavily influenced by nature. We are also experimentalists at heart and enjoy testing our ideas in the real world. We welcome creative and motivated researchers to join our collaborative environment and help us develop original scientific advances.

Principal Investigator

Pablo Valdivia y Alvarado, Ph.D. MIT
Assistant Professor
Engineering Product Development Pillar (EPD).
Principal Investigator & Research Committee Member, Digital Manufacturing and Design Centre (DManD).
Associate Editor, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L).
Associate Editor, IOP Multifunctional Materials (MFM).
Curriculum Vitae
Administrative assistant:
Lim Yong Chau (

Research Fellows


Vincent Sebastian Joseph (Ph.D), Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Chemistry.

Theo Calais (Ph.D), Research Fellow, Nanomaterials Engineering.

Elgar Kanhere (Ph.D), Research Fellow, Mechanical Engineering.

Researcher Associates  

Snehal Jain (B.S), Chemical Engineering.

Gumawang Hiramandala (M. Eng. Candidate), Mechanical Engineering.

Dontu Saikrishna (M. Eng. Candidate), Mechanical Engineering.

Graduate Students 

Thileepan Stalin (Doctoral Candidate), Mechanical Engineering.

Li Guangtong (Doctoral Candidate), Mechanical Engineering.

Plamootil Mathai Aby Raj (Doctoral Candidate), Mechanical Engineering.

Arturo Castillo Ugalde (Doctoral Candidate), Mechanical Engineering.

Visiting Students

Undergraduate Students/UROPs


  • Professor Kamal Youcef-Toumi, Mechatronics Research Laboratory (MRL), MIT.
  • Professor Nicholas Patrikalakis, Mechanical Engineering, Center for Ocean Engineering (Design Laboratory), MIT.
  • Professor Michael Triantafyllou, Mechanical Engineering, Center for Ocean Engineering (Towtank), MIT.
  • Professor Martin Dunn, College of Engineering and Applied Science (Group), UC Denver.
  • A/Professor Kenneth Tracy, Architecture and Sustainable Design (Group), SUTD.
  • A/Professor Christine Yogiaman, Architecture and Sustainable Design (Group), STUD

Past Members

  • Tan Jun Wei Brandon (M. Eng. 2021).
  • Nareshkumar D. Sanandiya (Research Fellow).
  • Ravi Chaithanya Mysa (Research Fellow), now at AI & Data Scientist at Vulcan-AI, Singapore.
  • Yangfan Li (Research Fellow), now at IHPC, Singapore.
  • Joanne Teoh (Research Fellow).
  • Siddharth Kumar (Research Associate), now Masters Student at SUTD.
  • Jai Agarwal (Visiting Student), now graduate student, Mechanical Engineering Department, Columbia University.
  • Apoorv Vaish (Research Assistant), now Co-Founder and CTO at Cloropy, Singapore.
  • Lee Shien Yang (Dual Masters MIT/SUTD).
  • Vignesh Subramaniam (Research Associate), now Doctoral student, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Florida.
  • Vinoth Kumar Viswanathan (Research Associate).
  • Federico Fires (Research Assistant), now Co-Founder at UroSense, United Kingdom.
  • Naresh K. Thanigaivel (Research Assistant).
  • Anirudh Agarwal (Research Assistant).
  • Sunil Manohar Dash (Postdoctoral Research Fellow), now Assistant Professor at IIT Kharagpur.
  • Kyaw Ko Ko Htet ( Postdoctoral Research Fellow).
  • Sahil Tapiawala (Research Engineer), no Co-Founder and CEO at Atomionics, Singapore.
  • Sharad Maheshwari (Research Engineer).
  • Khushboo Soni (Visiting Student), now Research Associate at SUTD’s IDC.
  • Smriti Shah (Visiting Student).
  • Kevin Jose (Visiting Student).
  • Chen Yi (UROP Student).
  • Tushar Mohan (Research Assistant).