The Shepherd Lab

Principal Investigator

Robert Shepherd PhD, MBA

Associate Professor

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering


Cornell University

553 Upson Hall

Ithaca, NY

Current Members

Shannon Backarich

Postdoctoral Fellow

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering


Concentrations:

Soft Robotics

Ilse Van Meerbeek

PhD Candidate

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering


Concentrations:

Soft Robotics, Foams

Kevin O’Brien

PhD Candidate

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering


Concentrations:

Prosthetics, Soft Robotics

Shuo Li

PhD Student

Materials Science & Engineering


Concentrations:

Stretchable Displays, Soft Lithography

Patricia Xu

PhD Student

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering


Concentrations:

3D Printing, Soft Robotics

Autumn Pratt

PhD Student

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering


Concentrations:

3D Printing, Soft Robotics

Maura O'Neill

PhD Student

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering


Concentrations:

3D Printing, Soft Robotics

Jose Antonio Barreiros

PhD Student

Systems Engineering


Concentrations:

3D Printing, Soft Robotics

Ronald Heisser

PhD Student

Theoretical and Applied Mechanics


Concentrations:

Soft Robotics

Lihong Lao

PhD Candidate

Materials Science & Engineering


Concentrations:

Chemistry

Lillia Bai

PhD Student

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering


Concentrations:

Soft Robotics

Cam Aubin

PhD Student

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering


Concentrations:

3D Printing

Zheng Liu

M.S. Student

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering


Concentrations:

Soft Robotics

Kaiyang Wang

M.S. Student

Materials Science & Engineering


Concentrations:

Soft Robotics

Chaim Futran

B.S. Student

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering


Concentrations:

Foams, Soft Robotics

Ho-Jung Yang

B.S. Student

Electrical and Computer Engineering


Concentrations:

Soft Robotics

Michael Xiao

B.S. Student

Electrical and Computer Engineering


Concentrations:

Soft Robotics

Shubhom Bhattacharya

B.S. Student

Electrical and Computer Engineering


Concentrations:

Soft Robotics

Lennard Wiesner

B.S. Student

Chemical Engineering


Concentrations:

Soft Robotics

Maddie Jacks

B.S. Student

Mechanical Engineering


Concentrations:

Soft Robotics

Shepherd Group Alumni

Yaqi Tu, M.S.

Materials Science & Engineering


John Whitehead

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering


T.J. Wallin, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Oculus


Ben MacMurray, Ph.D.

3M


Bryan Peele, Ph.D.

Robotics/AI Research and Development Engineer

NVIDIA


Sanlin Sky Robinson, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering

Chris Larson, Ph.D.

Capital One


James Pikul, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

University of Pennsylvania


Huichan Zhao, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate

Harvard University


Sampada Bodkhe

PhD Student

Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal


Simon Dunham, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering in Radiology

Weill Cornell Medical College


Chris Skonieczny, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Concordia University


Justin Choi

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering


Kevin Kruemp

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering


Alfredo Argolias

PhD Student

IIT - Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia


David Levine

Graduate Research Assistant, Mechanical Engineering

University of Pennsylvania


Rukang Huang

Mechanical Engineer

ASML


Calvin Winder

Mechanical Engineer

Pratt and Whitney


Wanyang Li


Jeanne Lee

Mechanical Engineer


Brandy Cao

Mechanical Engineer


Calvin Winder

Mechanical Engineer

Pratt and Whitney


Christian Rieger

Mechanical Engineer

Sandia National Laboratories


Mandy Wong

Mechanical Engineer

Apple


John Wujcik

Mechanical Engineer

General Dynamics Electric Boat

Neil Sen

Project Engineer

Andelman and Lelek Engineering, Inc.


Michelle Feinstein

Mechanical Engineering Intern

Zebra Technologies

Jessica Eustace

Mechanical Engineer