Newsmaker: Carmel Majidi
Noteworthy: Recently awarded a $360,000 research grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research's Young Investigator Program to continue his work on soft matter electronics to improve power sources for air vehicles and flight suits.
Occupation: Assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University
Residence: East End
Education: Bachelor's degree in civil and environmental engineering, Cornell University, 2001; master's in electrical engineering and computer sciences, University of California at Berkeley, 2004; doctorate in electrical engineering and computer sciences, University of California at Berkeley, 2007.
Background: Majidi, a principal researcher at CMU's Soft Machines Lab, is working to develop the next generation of autonomous robots from soft materials that can harvest electricity from their environment.
Quote: “I'm extremely grateful for this award as I continue my research. … These types of new materials will be the building blocks for a new generation of devices and robots composed entirely of soft materials and fluids.”