Andy Ruina

Andy Ruina

John F. Carr Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Upson Hall, Room 566


Born in Providence RI, moved around East Coast through High School. A year in Israel before college. Three degrees from Brown University. Last year of school also worked at USGS in California. Started Cornell right out of Graduate School on Monday Aug 25, 1980.

Research Interests

Dynamics, especially of locomotion, and within that, especially the energetics and balance of walking, biking and boating, both human and robotic. Other interests include the mechanics of friction and collisions.

Selected Publications

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Selected Awards and Honors

  • Presidential Young Investigator Award (National Science Foundation) 1984


  • B.S. (Mechanical Engineering), Brown University, 1976
  • M.S. (Mechanical Engineering), Brown University, 1978
  • Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering), Brown University, 1981