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School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Modeling, Motion, and Medical Robotics Laboratory (M3 Robotics Lab)

Emily Allen

Graduate Research Assistant



Emily is pursuing a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at WSU with a focus on bioinspired tunably compliant soft actuators for medical applications. She also earned her B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at WSU, with research on variable stiffness structures for soft robotics applications. Since childhood, she has had a passion for understanding how things work, so she set her heart on engineering at age 9.

Emily hopes to contribute to the advancement of robotics technology while she works toward her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at WSU. She also enjoys teaching college math and engineering courses where she can inspire the next generation of engineers.

In her free time, Emily enjoys cooking, playing the piano, participating in church activities, and playing sports.

Research Interests

Emily’s research focuses on the design, modeling, and control of soft robotic structures and actuators. Her research experience includes:

  • Shape memory alloys
  • Pneumatic actuation
  • Materials characterization
  • Soft robotic structure design and control
  • Mechanical/electrical system modeling
  • Finite element analysis


Journal Articles

Refereed Conference Articles



  • Introductory Mathematics for Engineering Applications [ENGR 107]: Spring 2020, Fall 2020
  • Success in Engineering [ENGR 101]: Fall 2020
  • Dynamics [ME 212]: Summer 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020
  • Thermal and Fluids Laboratory [ME 306]: Summer 2019, (TA Spring 2019)
  • Calculus II [MATH 172]: (TA Fall 2017)