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School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Faculty

John P. Swensen

John Swensen


  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 2012
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, 2009
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, 2003

Professional Preparation

  • Associate Research Scientist, GRAB Lab, Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, Yale University, 2014 – 2015
  • Postdoctoral Associate, GRAB Lab, Department of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, Yale University, 2011 – 2014

Research Interests

  • Medical robotics
    • Steerable Needles
    • Compliant devices
  • Tunably compliant mechanisms
  • Modular robotics
    • Compliant ensembles
    • Smart materials in robotics

Selected Publications

Complete List of Publications on Google Scholar

  • Swensen JP, Odhner LU, Araki B, Dollar AM. Printing Three-Dimensional Electrical Traces in Additive Manufactured Parts for Injection of Low Melting Temperature Metals. ASME. J. Mechanisms Robotics. 2015;7(2):021004-021004-10. doi:10.1115/1.4029435.
  • J. P. Swensen and A. M. Dollar. Optimization of parallel spring antagonists for nitinol shape memory alloy actuators. Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2014 IEEE International Conference on, pp. 6345–6349, May 2014.
  • J. P. Swensen, A. I. Nawroj, P. E. I. Pounds, and A. M. Dollar. Active cells for redundant and configurable articulated structures. Smart Materials and Structures 23(10):104003, 2014.
  • Swensen, J.P.; MingDe Lin; Okamura, A.M.; Cowan, N.J., “Torsional Dynamics of Steerable Needles: Modeling and Fluoroscopic Guidance,” Biomedical Engineering, IEEE Transactions on, vol.61, no.11, pp.2707,2717, Nov. 2014. doi: 10.1109/TBME.2014.2326161
  • A. I. Nawroj, J. P. Swensen, and A. M. Dollar. Electrically conductive bulk composites through a contact-connected aggregate. PLoS ONE 8(12):e82260, 12 2013.
  • J. P. Swensen and A. M. Dollar. The connectedness of packed circles and spheres with application to conductive cellular materials. PLoS ONE 7(12):e51695, 12 2012.