Robert J. Wood

Robert J. Wood

  • Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Profile

Robert Wood is the Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences in Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and a founding core faculty member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. Prof. Wood completed his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. He is founder of the Harvard Microrobotics Lab which leverages expertise in microfabrication for the development of biologically-inspired robots with feature sizes on the micrometer to centimeter scale. His current research interests include new micro- and meso-scale manufacturing techniques, fluid mechanics of low Reynolds number flapping wings, control of sensor-limited and computation-limited systems, active soft materials, and morphable soft-bodied robots. He is the winner of multiple awards for his work including the DARPA Young Faculty Award, NSF Career Award, ONR Young Investigator Award, Air Force Young Investigator Award, Technology Review's TR35, and multiple best paper awards. In 2010 Wood received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President Obama for his work in microrobotics. In 2012 he was selected for the Alan T. Waterman award, the National Science Foundation's most prestigious early career award. Wood is leading the NSF-sponsored Expeditions in Computing "RoboBees" project that has the goal of developing a colony of autonomous robotic bees. Wood's group is also dedicated to STEM education by using novel robots to motivate young students to pursue careers in science and engineering.

Contact Information

Office:149 Maxwell Dworkin Building
Email:rjwood@seas.harvard.edu
Office Phone:(617) 496-1341
Lab Name:Microrobotics Lab
Lab Room:401
Lab Phone:(617) 384-7892
Assistant:Hetchen K. Ehrenfeld
Assistant Office:Maxwell Dworkin Building 253
Assistant Phone:617/495-5124

Primary Teaching Area

Electrical Engineering

Positions & Employment

Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

  • Jul 2012-present: Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Jan 2009-present: Founding Core Faculty Member, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
  • Jan 2010-Jun 2012: Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering
  • Jan 2006-Jan 2010: Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering

Honors

  • NSF Alan T. Waterman Award, 2012
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, 2010
  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award, 2009
  • Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, 2008
  • National Science Foundation Career Award, 2008
  • Named to Technology Review's annual list of top young technologists and scientists (TR35), 2008
  • DARPA Young Faculty Award, 2007