Lab Director
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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.





Zhe Chen

Zhe is currently a PhD student. He joined the lab in August 2019 after receiving his MS degree from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. His current research is on reconfigurable robots






Billy Hsiao

Billy is currently a Master student. He joined the lab in Fall 2019. His current research is on flying robots





Undergraduate Students


Brandon Tighe

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





Elisha Lerner

Eli joined the lab in spring 2019. He is currently working on soft robotic grippers with bistability.





Heaven Smith

Heaven joined the lab in spring 2019. She is currently working on mobile robots with collapsible wheels.





  • Ben Pawlowski, Master, 08/2017-12/2019,
  • Ali Abbas, Master, 10/2015-12/2017,
  • Tony DeMario, Master, 08/2015-01/2018,
  • Fei Jiang, Master, 01/2016-07/2016,
  • Jordan Julian, Undergraduate, 01/2018-05/2019,
  • Jeff Larchar, Undergraduate, 01/2017-05/2018,
  • Bradley Pospeck, Undergraduate, 09/2016-09/2017,
  • David Trinko, Undergraduate, 01/2016-08/2016,
  • Jeffrey Gier, Undergraduate, 08/2015-05/2016,