Michael Wehner

Michael Wehner

  • Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • E2, 325
  • SOE3
  • Research Interests
    Robotics, human-machine interaction, soft systems, wearables, rehabilitation

    Employment History
    In addition to his academic career, Michael Wehner has worked as a consulting engineer across numerous areas of industry including semiconductor and other capital equipment, medical devices, consumer goods, and robotics. Primarily focused on his role in academia, Michael continues to occasionally consult for industry partners and to volunteer with groups exploring the boundary between art and engineering and promoting STEM/STEAM education via outreach events and workshops.
    Michael Wehner is not currently accepting new consulting opportunities.

    Education
    Michael Wehner earned his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 2009. Additionally, he conducted post-doctoral research (2011-2013) and a research fellowship (2013-2017) at Harvard University.

    Selected Publications:
    • Ranzani, T., Russo, S., Bartlett, N. W., Wehner, M., & Wood, R. J. (2018). Increasing the Dimensionality of Soft Microstructures through Injection‐Induced Self‐Folding. Advanced Materials, 30(38), 1802739.
    • Truby, R. L., Wehner, M., Grosskopf, A. K., Vogt, D. M., Uzel, S. G., Wood, R. J., & Lewis, J. A. (2018). Soft somatosensitive actuators via embedded 3D printing. Advanced Materials, 30(15), 1706383.
    • Wehner, M., Truby, R. L., Fitzgerald, D. J., Mosadegh, B., Whitesides, G. M., Lewis, J. A., & Wood, R. J. (2016). An integrated design and fabrication strategy for entirely soft, autonomous robots. Nature, 536(7617), 451-455.
    • Wehner, M., Tolley, M. T., Mengüç, Y., Park, Y. L., Mozeika, A., Ding, Y., ... & Wood, R. J. (2014). Pneumatic energy sources for autonomous and wearable soft robotics. Soft Robotics, 1(4), 263-274.
    • Wehner, M., Quinlivan, B., Aubin, P. M., Martinez-Villalpando, E., Baumann, M., Stirling, L., ... & Walsh, C. (2013, May). A lightweight soft exosuit for gait assistance. In Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2013 IEEE International Conference on (pp. 3362-3369). IEEE.
    • Wehner, M. (2012). Man to machine, applications in electromyography. INTECH Open Access Publisher.
    • Wehner, M., Park, Y. L., Walsh, C., Nagpal, R., Wood, R. J., Moore, T., & Goldfield, E. (2012, June). Experimental characterization of components for active soft orthotics. In 2012 4th IEEE RAS & EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob) (pp. 1586-1592). IEEE.
    • Wehner, M. (2009). Lower extremity exoskeleton as lift assist device. University of California, Berkeley.
    • Wehner, M., Rempel, D., & Kazerooni, H. (2009, January). Lower extremity exoskeleton reduces back forces in lifting. In ASME 2009 dynamic systems and control conference (pp. 49-56). American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

    Teaching:Courses Taught and Other Teaching
    CMPE 009, Introduction to Statics, Dynamics, & Biomechanics
    CMPE 215, Models of Robotic Manipulation
    CMPE 118, Introduction to Mechatronics
  • Robotics, human-machine interaction, soft systems, wearables, rehabilitation

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