News: MAE

MAE's Max Zhang aims for impact in Ithaca and beyond

In a one-hour conversation with Zhang, the word “impact” came up no fewer than 10 times. It is clear that it is important to Max Zhang that his work matters—that it has a positive effect in the real world as soon as possible.

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Watch a robot improvise

A robot’s got to know its limitations. But that doesn’t mean it has to accept them. This one in particular uses tools to expand its capabilities, commandeering nearby items to construct ramps and bridges.

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Insect flight--still a mystery

The flight capabilities of insects are nature’s solution to locomotion in air, according to Z. Jane Wang, Physics, and there are general principles of locomotion and evolution we can learn from them.

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