Professor Bart-Smith's research group is studying the mechanics of lightweight lattice truss structures for their use as load-bearing structures and impact amelioration systems as well as their possible morphing and thermal management capabilities. Secondly, Bart-Smith and her colleagues are using the principles of static determinacy and tensegrity--with their superior mechanical properties such as stiffness and strength--to develop a three-dimensional morphing foil with the propulsive and control capabilities of a manta ray. Finally, she is studying the mechanics of electro-active polymers to explore their possible use as artificial muscles within a device with biomimetric properties (those that mimic a biochemical process).
Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences at Harvard University Cambridge, MA in 2000,S.M. in Engineering Sciences at University of Glasgow Glasgow, UK in 1996,
Lightweight metallic structures (lattice truss structures, nanoporous films, hierarchical structures)
Statically determinate and tensegrity morphing structures
Polymer electro-mechanical systems (PEM)