Purdue University School of Mechanical Engineering

Materials, Structures, Functionality

Our research in the Programmable Structures Lab focuses on the fundamental interaction between geometry, hierarchy and nonlinearity to design structural systems with intrinsic properties enabling adaptation, autonomy and environmental responsiveness.

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Recent Lab News

Presentation at the 2024 SIAM Conference on Materials Science

Juan Osorio, a graduate student at PS Lab, gave a presentation on “Programmable Metastructures From Combinatorial Stable States” at the 2024 SIAM Conference on Materials Science held at Pittsburgh, PA, USA on May 18-23, 2024.


Third Biomimicry Workshop at Singapore

Prof. Arrieta, along with Prof. Hortense Le Ferrand of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) conducted the 3rd Biomimicry workshop for undergraduate students from Purdue University and NTU Singapore.


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National Institute of Health
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American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers
Army Research Laboratory
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