postdoctoral research

Flexible materials and 3D printing – the next generation of additive manufacturing

Soft actuators, components in mechanical devices that enable movement, are inspired by biological systems but can’t yet replicate the complexity of the human body. Purdue Polytechnic’s David Gonzalez Rodriguez is researching the creation of 3D-printed flexible structures that can function as soft actuators and sensors.

Professionalization of emerging occupations speeded by social media

Professionalization, the process of achieving widespread recognition and higher socioeconomic status for emerging occupations, used to take decades. Yubo Kou, a postdoctoral research associate in computer graphics technology, is researching how social media and online communities are changing the speed with which professionalization takes place.