Ophelia Bolmin’s research interests are at the interface between structural dynamics, biomechanics, physiology, multi-scale modeling, design, and manufacturing. At CMU, she leads the Mechanisms Inspired by Nature for Dynamics (MIND) lab. Her group focuses on designing, manufacturing, and testing bio-inspired mechanical systems for dynamic tailoring. Ophelia’s approach combines biology-oriented considerations with engineering-oriented problem-solving and application-driven methods to advance the discovery of new science and accelerate the development of new technologies for applications ranging from aerospace to micro-robotics and prosthetics.

Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon University, Bolmin was a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies at Sandia National Laboratories. She received her B.S. in mechanical engineering from ENSTA Bretagne (France), and her M.S. in aerospace engineering and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

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Ph.D, Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

MS, Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

BS in Mechanical Engineering, ENSTA Bretagne

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Ophelia Bolmin will join The Department of Mechanical Engineering as an assistant professor. Her research is focused on extreme movements in biological and bio-inspired systems.