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Engineering | Undergraduate Research

3D Printing of Smart Shoes


Students will have the opportunity to develop a smart shoe insole that is capable of monitoring human motion by 3D printing of piezoelectric composites. 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, enables manufacturing of customized parts with complex shapes from polymers, ceramics and metals without the need for molds or machining typical for conventional formative and subtractive production. The students will work on: 1) design piezoelectric sensors based on modeling or numerical simulation tools such as COMSOL; 2) fabricate the sensors by a high-resolution and high-speed 3D printer in our lab; 3) integrating the sensors into the insoles to collect signals remotely.

CV; Proficiency on CAD software e.g. Solidworks Students with background in one or more of the following areas are encouraged to apply: wearable sensors, feedback control systems, motion planning algorithms, additive manufacturing, computational design, materials testing, FEA/FEM, programming (Matlab, Python, C++, C), and bio-mechanical analysis.

This position will start as voluntary, and selected students will get funding through FURI/MORE and lab assistant positions.

Please contact Dr. Chen at and indicate FURI/MORE/HONOR in the title of your email.


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