Victoria Webster-Wood received her B.S. in 2012, M.S. in 2013, and Ph.D. in 2017 in Mechanical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, receiving graduate support as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and GAANN Fellow in the Biologically Inspired Robotics Lab. She subsequently completed her postdoctoral training as a Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow in the Tissue Fabrication and Mechanobiology Lab at the same institution.
Upon joining Carnegie Mellon University, she established the CMU Biohybrid and Organic Robotics Group (B.O.R.G). The B.O.R.G.’s research focuses on the use of organic materials as structures, actuators, sensors, and controllers toward the development of biohybrid and organic robots and biohybrid prosthetics.
Using Organic Materials in Robotic Systems
2017 Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University
2013 MS, Mechanical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University
2012 BS, Mechanical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University
Sea slugs to provide clues in understanding the brain
As the co-principal investigator on an NSF NeuroNex project, Victoria Webster-Wood will investigate the impact of neuromodulators on muscle actuation and modeling biological motor control in engineering frameworks.
Reassess, recalibrate and transform
MechE students and faculty adapted with innovation and agility to finish the spring 2020 semester during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We have a Wimmer
As a 2020-2021 Wimmer Faculty Fellow, Victoria Webster-Wood plans to design interactive demonstrations and to build virtual labs for the course “Gadgetry: Sensors, Actuators, and Processors.”
Webster-Wood named Wimmer Faculty Fellow
MechE’s Vickie Webster-Wood has been named a 2020-2021 Wimmer Faculty Fellow. The fellowship is designed for junior faculty members interested in enhancing their teaching through concentrated work.
Future Tech Podcast
Webster-Wood on biohybrid and organic robotics research
MechE’s Victoria Webster-Wood was a guest on the Future Tech Podcast and discussed her research in developing biohybrid and organic robots. Webster-Wood describes how she and her lab are integrating muscle and neurologic tissue of animals into robots.
From bioinspired to biohybrid
Victoria Webster-Wood uses organic materials to build robotic devices for future applications in medicine and environmental science.
Webster-Wood featured on podcast panel
MechE’s Vickie Webster-Wood, who will be joining the department in the fall of 2018, was interviewed for her work on biohybrid robotics on WNYC’s Science Friday podcast.
Webster-Wood quoted on future direction of biohybrid robotics
MechE’s Vickie Webster-Wood’s was included in create’s list of “10 big robotics challenges that need to be solved in the next 10 years."
Webster-Wood featured on 3DPrint.com
MechE’s Vickie Webster-Wood was featured on 3DPrint.com in an overview of her work as one of the leading researchers in the newly christened field of "organismal engineering."
Case Western Reserve University
Webster-Wood lead author on foundational paper of organismal engineering
MechE’s Vickie Webster-Wood co-authored a paper that creates a foundation for the emerging field of biohybrid robotics that the authors dub “organismal engineering.”
Alliance of Advanced BioMedical Engineering
Webster-Wood featured for work with sea-slug tissue biobots
MechE’s Vickie Webster-Wood was featured in an article from the Alliance of Advanced BioMedical Engineering for her lab’s development of a biohybrid robot using living tissue from sea slugs.
Webster-Wood authors article on biobots
MechE’s Vickie Webster-Wood authored an article in The Conversation on the development of soft biohybrid robots.