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

  • Soft robotics
  • Stretchable electronics
  • Responsive material actuators
  • Soft material manufacturing
  • Soft-bodied control

Research Links

Awards and Recognitions

  • Forbes 30 under 30 list, 2015
  • AFOSR YIP Award Recipient, 2016
  • NSF CAREER Award Recipient, 2015
  • NASA Early Career Faculty Award Recipient, 2014
  • Cover article in Advanced Materials, 2015
  • 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

Ten Select Publications

M.C. Yuen, R.A. Bilodeau, R.K. Kramer. "Active Variable Stiffness Fibers for Multifunctional Robotic Fabric." IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 708-715, 2016.

J.C. Case, E.L. White, R.K. Kramer. "Sensor Enabled Closed-Loop Bending Control of Soft Beams." Smart Materials and Structures, Vol. 25, No. 4, pp. 045018, 2016.

E.L. White, J.C. Case, R.K. Kramer. "Multi-Element Strain Gauge Modules for Soft Sensory Skins." IEEE Sensors, Vol. 16, No. 8, pp. 2607-2616, 2016.

R.A. Bilodeau, E.L. White, R.K. Kramer. "Monolithic Fabrication of Sensors and Actuators in a Soft Robotic Gripper." IEEE Int. Conference on Intelligent Robotics and Systems, Hamburg Germany, 2015.

J.C. Case, E.L. White, R.K. Kramer. "Soft Material Characterization for Robotic Applications." Soft Robotics, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 80-87, 2015.

J.W. Boley, E.L. White, R.K. Kramer. "Mechanically-Sintered Gallium-Indium Nanoparticles." Advanced Materials, Vol. 27, No. 14, pp. 2355-2360, 2015.

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.

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.

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.

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