MSI PI Julianne Abel (assistant professor, Mechanical Engineering) has combined her interests in materials and knitting in a unique way - developing functional, or “smart,” materials that can be for engineering applications in fields such as medical devices, rehabilitation, aerospace, and defense. These pliable, lightweight materials can be created to provide actuation, sensing, energy harvesting, and communication. Professor Abel uses MSI resources for some of this research.
An article about Professor Abel and her group’s research can be found on the College of Science and Engineering website: Smart Fabrics. You can also watch a YouTube video.