Sarah Bergbreiter joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in the fall of 2018.
She received her B.S.E. degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University in 1999. After a short introduction to the challenges of sensor networks at a small startup company, she received the MS and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004 and 2007 with a focus on microrobotics. She joined the University of Maryland, College Park in 2008 as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, with a joint appointment in the Institute for Systems Research.
She received the DARPA Young Faculty Award in 2008, the NSF CAREER Award in 2011, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) Award in 2013 for her research on engineering robotic systems down to sub-millimeter size scales. She also received the Best Conference Paper Award at IEEE ICRA 2010 for her work incorporating new materials into microrobotics.
Better Sensors and Mechanisms for Micro and Macro Robots
2007 Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
2004 MS, University of California, Berkeley
1999 B.S.E., Princeton University
Grasshopping robots made possible with new, improved latch control
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have made grasshopping robots possible by uncovering that latches can mediate energy transfer between robotic jumpers and the environment that they are jumping from.
Bergbreiter talks insect-inspired robotics design
MechE’s Sarah Bergbreiter spoke to Popular Science about how jumping insects inspired the mechanics of her team’s recent design, a bouncing robot that can control energy transfers between surface and device using its launch mechanism. “It’s really fascinating that the latch— something that we already need in our robots—can be used to control outputs that we couldn’t have controlled before.”
Bergbreiter quoted on jumping robot
Recently, a world record has been broken in the field of autonomous jumping robots by researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara using biomimicry. MechE’s Sarah Bergbreiter wrote a commentary about this event in Nature, which has been widely quoted in articles related to this event, including in Scientific American.
Bergbreiter, Majidi, and Webster-Wood featured in IEEE Spectrum
MechE’s Carmel Majidi, Sarah Bergbreiter, and Victoria Webster-Wood were featured on IEEE Spectrum, discussing softbotics.
Latch on, launch off
Researchers observe the fastest organisms in nature—Dracula ants, froghoppers, and spore-ejecting fungi—to investigate spring-powered latch mechanisms for robotics.
Making mechanical skin
These 3D printed circuits are self-healing, re-writable, and energy-harvesting, thanks to liquid metal.
At home with research
Despite the coronavirus shutdown, researchers and students were creative about continuing their work and joining the fight against COVID-19.
St. Pierre named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30
Forbes has named MechE postdoctoral researcher Ryan St. Pierre to its 30 Under 30 Science 2020 list. St. Pierre develops microscale, insect-inspired robots in Meche’s Sarah Bergbreiter’s lab.
Future Tech Podcast
Bergbreiter on micro robotics research
MechE’s Sarah Bergbreiter was a guest on the Future Tech Podcast and discussed her research in the field of robotics. Bergbreiter also discusses the different applications of microrobots as well as some of the challenges she has encountered.
Bergbreiter and Ozdoganlar awarded ASME Fellows
MechE’s Sarah Bergbreiter and Burak Ozdoganlar were named 2019 Fellows in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
Working toward agile flight for small UAVs
Inspired by insects’ wings, Bergbreiter and her collaborators are looking to develop UAVs that can fly more efficiently and deal with disturbances like gusts or breezes.
Bergbreiter, Jayan win Army DURIP awards
Sarah Bergbreiter and B. Reeja Jayan have received Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) awards to purchase vital laboratory equipment for current research and the development of new ideas and techniques.