Rebecca Kramer

Rebecca Kramer

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

School of Mechanical Engineering
Purdue University
585 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2088
Phone: 765-494-2219


  • Ph.D., Engineering Sciences, Harvard University, '12
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, '08
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, '07

Research Interests

  • Scalable manufacturing: printing and roll-to-roll processes for liquid/elastomer composites ("soft MEMS")
  • Soft robotics: soft active materials for actuation, sensing, and power of compliant systems
  • Bulk and surface modification of materials for smart interfacial processes
  • Reconfigurable/morphing structures
  • Sensory-active skins/fabrics for platforms including wearables, injury prevention & rehabilitation, and robotics

Research Links

Awards and Recognitions

  • Forbes 30 Under 30 list, 2015
  • NSF CAREER Award Recipient, 2015
  • NASA Early Career Faculty Award Recipient, 2014
  • Cover article in Advanced Functional Materials, 2014
  • Cover article in J. Nanotechnology, 2010
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellow, 2007-2010
  • Pi Beta Tau, Engineering Honor Society
  • Pi Tau Sigma, Mechanical Engineering Honor Society
  • ASHE Scholar, 2004
  • JHU Scholar, 2004

Ten Select Publications

M. Yuen, A. Cherian, J. Case, J. Seipel, R.K. Kramer. "Conformable Actuation and Sensing with Robotic Fabric." IEEE Int. Conference on Intelligent Robotics and Systems, Chicago USA, 2014.

T. Chenal, J. Case, J. Paik, R.K. Kramer. "Variable Stiff ness Fabrics with Embedded Shape Memory Materials for Wearable Applications." IEEE Int. Conference on Intelligent Robotics and Systems, Chicago USA, 2014.

J.W. Boley, E.L. White, G.T.C. Chiu, R.K. Kramer. "Direct Writing of Gallium-Indium Alloy for Stretchable Electronics." Advanced Functional Materials, Vol. 24, No. 23, pp. 3501-3507, 2014.

R.K. Kramer, J.W. Boley, H.A. Stone, J.C. Weaver, R.J. Wood. "Eff ect of Microtextured Surface Topography on the Wetting Behavior of Eutectic Gallium-Indium Alloys." Langmuir, Vol. 30, No. 2, pp. 533-539, 2014.

C. Majidi, R.F. Shepherd, R.K. Kramer, G.M. Whitesides, R.J.Wood. "Influence of Surface Traction on Soft Robot Undulation." International Journal of Robotics Research, Vol. 32, No. 13, pp. 1577-1584, 2013.

R.K. Kramer, C. Majidi, R.J. Wood. "Masked Deposition of Gallium-Indium Alloys for Liquid-Embedded Elastomer Conductors." Advanced Functional Materials, Vol. 23, No. 42, pp. 52925296, 2013.

C. Majidi, R.K. Kramer, R.J. Wood. "Non-Diff erential Elastomer Curvature Sensor for Softer-than-Skin Electronics." Smart Materials and Structures, Vol. 20, No. 10, pp. 105017, 2011.

J.K. Paik, R.K. Kramer, R.J. Wood. "Stretchable Circuits and Sensors for Robotic Origami." IEEE Int. Conference on Intelligent Robotics and Systems, San Francisco USA, 2011.

R.K. Kramer, C. Majidi, R.J. Wood. "Wearable Tactile Keypad with Stretchable Artificial Skin." IEEE Int. Conference on Robotics and Automation, Shanghai China, 2010.

Y.L. Park, C. Majidi, R.K. Kramer, P. Berard, and R.J. Wood. "Hyperelastic Pressure Sensing with a Liquid-Embedded Elastomer." Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, Vol. 20, No. 12, pp. 125029, 2010.

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