Aimy Wissa

Aimy Wissa
Aimy Wissa
Department Affiliate
(217) 244-4193
226 Mechanical Engineering Bldg

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Education

  •  Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland 2014
  •  M.S. Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland 2010
  •  B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Pennsylvania State University 2008

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor (August 2015-present) Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor(August 2014-August 2015) Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Visiting Scholar (August 2014-August 2015) Department of Mechanical Engineering Stanford University- Biomimetics and Dexterous Manipulation Laboratory 
  • Graduate Research Assistant (January 2009-August 2014) Department of Aerospace Engineering  University of Maryland- Morpheus Laboratory  

Research Interests

  • Flapping-Wing Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs)
  • Avian-inspired Deployable Structures for flow control
  • Insect-inspired Elastodynamics
  • Multi-functional morphing structures
  • Bio-inspired mechanisms and robotics

Selected Articles in Journals

Articles in Conference Proceedings

Research Honors

  • Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication Best Student Paper Award: In Memory of H. Don Wolpert (2nd Place) (3/2019)
  • PI/Advisor on SPIE Best Student Paper Contest (1st Place) (3/2019)
  • AFRL Summer Faculty Fellow (6/2018-8/2018)
  • AFOSR Young Investigator Program Award (2017)
  • 2018 Best Paper in Structures Award in Structural Dynamics and Control from the Adaptive Structures and Material Systems (ASMS) branch of the Aerospace Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) (2018)
  • AFRL Summer Faculty Fellow (6/2016-8/2016)
  • 2015 Best Paper in Structures Award in Structural Dynamics and Control from the Adaptive Structures and Material Systems (ASMS) branch of the Aerospace Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) (2015)
  • McNair Scholar (2007-Present)

Recent Courses Taught

  • ME 370 - Mechanical Design I
  • ME 475 (IB 480) - Bioinspired Design
  • ME 498 AW3 (ME 498 AW4) - Bio-Inspired Design