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

Andres Arrieta has received the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, their most prestigious award in support of early-career faculty. His project is "The Mechanics of Hierarchically Multistable Metastructures."

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Air Force Office of Scientific Research


Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency


National Science Foundation
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers


Army Research Laboratory
Anheuser Busch InBev
Ford Motor Company