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Samuel Felton

Assistant Professor,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering


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Research Focus

Soft robots; transformable robots; self-folding machines; rapid prototyping; biomimetic design


  • 2015 PhD in Engineering Sciences, Harvard University
  • 2007 ME in Biomedical Engineering, MIT
  • 2007 SB in Mechanical Engineering, MIT

Research Overview

Soft robots; transformable robots; self-folding machines; rapid prototyping; biomimetic design

Selected Publications

  • F. Zuliani, C. Liu, J. Paik, S. Felton, Minimally Actuated Transformation of Origami Machines, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters 3(3), 2018, 1426-1433
  • C. Liu, S. Felton, A Self-Folding Robot Arm for Load-Bearing Operations, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, 2017, 1979-1986
  • S. Felton, K. Becker, D. Aukes, R. Wood, Self-Folding with Shape Memory Composites at the Millimeter Scale, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, 25(8), 2015, 085004
  • M. Tolley, S. Felton, S. Miyashita, D. Aukes, D. Rus, R. Wood, Self-Folding Origami: Shape Memory Composites Activated by Uniform Heating, Smart Materials and Structures, 23,         2014, 094006
  • S. Felton, M. Tolley, E. Demaine, R. Rus, R. Wood, A Method for Building Self-Folding Machines, Science, 345(6197), 2014, 644-646
  • S. Felton, D. Lee, K. Cho, R. Wood, A Passive, Origami-Inspired, Continuously Variable Transmission, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 2014, 2913-2918


Jan 17, 2019

Reshaping the Future of Engineering

MIE Assistant Professor Samuel Felton is using the principles of origami to quickly reshape engineering items such as antennae arrays to maximize their scanning areas. Give these researchers a second—they’re reshaping the future of engineering Folding a paper crane is a slow, methodical process. So is unfolding an array of solar panels in space. But […]


Mar 14, 2018

Felton & Vaziri's Research Featured on Back Cover of Advanced Materials Technologies

MIE Assistant Professor Samuel Felton and Associate Professor Ashkan Vaziri's research on "Programmable Structures: Programmable Origami Strings" was featured on the back cover of Advanced Materials Technologies. Abstract Source: Wiley A programmable origami-based string is a 1-degree-of-freedom slender mechanism which folds from a flat configuration to a programmed 3D shape. Inspired by origami, Ashkan Vaziri […]

Jun 28, 2017

Young Scholar Program Provides Experience-Based Learning for Future Scientists and Engineers

The Center for STEM Education kicked off its 2017 Young Scholars Program on June 26, 2017, with 26 budding scientists and engineers from high schools at a variety of cities and towns in the Greater Boston area.


Mar 23, 2017

FY18 TIER 1 Award Recipients

21 COE faculty and affiliates were recipients of FY18 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 12 different projects representing $600K dollars of investment in research.

Oct 24, 2016

Creating Self-Folding Origami Robots

MIE Assistant Professor Sam Felton is researching methods for creating self-folding origami robots that can be used both at the micro scale and at large scale.

Sep 01, 2016

New Faculty Spotlight: Samuel Felton

Samuel Felton joins the Mechanical & Industrial Engineering department in Fall 2016 as an Assistant Professor.

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