Lab Director
MSU College of Engineering, student portraits, 1/29/15

Dr. Jianguo Zhao is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering Department of Colorado State University. He received his PhD degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Michigan State University in 2015. He received the B.E. Degree (2005) and the M.E. Degree (2007) in Mechanical Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology, P. R. China. His research interests include biologically inspired robotics, mechanism design, dynamic systems, mechatronics, 3D printing, and vision-based control. His research on meso-scale jumping robots has been reported by many media such as Popular Science, Discovery News,, IEEE Spectrum etc. He has won several rewards such as the finalist for the best student paper in IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS,2014), the outstanding research award from Michigan State University (2011 & 2013), the second place in ASME mechanism & robot design competition (2012).  He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the IEEE Robotics & Automation Society, and the IEEE Control Systems Society.

Graduate Students

Haijie Zhang

Haijie is currently a PhD student. He joined the lab in August 2015. He received his BS from Harbin Engineering University in 2014. His current research is focused on flying robots.


Jiefeng Sun

Jiefeng is currently a PhD student. He joined the lab in August 2017 after receiving his MS degree from Dalian University of Technology. His current research is on soft and reconfigurable robots.



Ben Pawlowski

Ben is currently a master student. He worked in the lab as an undergraduate researcher in his final year of undergraduate study at CSU. After that, he continued to work in the lab as a master student. His current research is on the modeling and control of soft robots.


Long Chen

Long is currently a master student working on soft robots.



Undergraduate Students

Jeffrey Larchar

Jeff is a senior student at CSU. He joined in the lab in Jan 2017 and has worked on the twisted-and-coiled artificial muscle. He is now the team lead for the NASA robotic mining competition.


Jordan Julian

Jordan is a senior student at CSU. He joined the lab in Jan 2018 and worked on the reconfigurable walking robots. He is now the co-team lead for the NASA robotic mining competition.


Brandon Tighe

Brandon joined the lab in summer 2018. He is currently working on reconfigurable robots.



Ali Abbas, Master, 10/2015-12/2017,
Tony DeMario, Master, 08/2015-01/2018,
Fei Jiang, Master, 01/2016-07/2016, Samsung
Jeffrey Gier, Undergraduate, 08/2015-05/2016,
David Trinko, Undergraduate, 01/2016-08/2016,
Bradley Pospeck, Undergraduate, 09/2016-09/2017,