The Mechanism Collective

The Penn State Mechanism Collective researches compliant mechanism design methods and tools that are innovative, impactful, and make people’s lives better.

The collective focuses on developing the theories and tools that enable compliant mechanism design, including origami-based mechanisms, developable mechanisms, and other compliant and deployable devices.

We seek to disseminate our work to the research community, industry collaborators, government agencies, and the general community. This is done through technical publications, regular conference participation, building relationships with industry and government, and providing open-source material.

As a collective, our work is amplified through the contributions of each member of our team. Student experience is the keystone of our group and is gained through working in a collaborative environment that increases their technical skills, builds their connections within the international mechanism design community, and grows their capacity to make people’s lives better.


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The School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) delivers effective engineering education and unrivaled research opportunities through active, collaborative, project-based, and professionally oriented classroom experiences. SEDTAPP offers a variety of programs that partner faculty, students, and industry in the study of real-life engineering problems. Our programs teach students to solve real-life problems with innovative solutions. 

School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs

213 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2952