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December 2017. Doctoral student Yu She received the 2018 Presidential Fellowship from OSU for his outstanding research record. His disertation focuses in the area of human safe co-robots. See the departmental news.

August 2017. Prof. Su is elected to a Fellow of ASME for innovative work in the field of compliant mechanisms and DNA origami mechanisms. Here is the department news link.

Ocotober 2016. Prof. Su and Prof. Castro published a joint article titled "The Rise of the DNA Nanorobots" in August 2016 issue of Mechanical Engineering Magazine. Click here to download the article. Interesting enough, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016 was awarded jointly to Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L. Feringa "for the design and synthesis of molecular machines". Thanks for their pioneering work in this area. We hope to engineer robots for numerous applications using mechanical design principles. 

Vision of DNA NanorobotsVision of DNA origami mechanisms and robots for medical applications.

Example DNA mechanisms and robots(A) Example designs of various kinematic joints: revolute, prismatic, cylindrical, universal, spherical and compliant (from left to right, top to bottom). (B) Example designs of DNA origami mechanisms: spatial Bennett 4-bar linkage (top), crank-slider (middle) and a bistable compliant 4-bar (bottom). (C) Example designs of DNA links.

August 2016. Prof. Su received a prestigious National Robotics Initiative (NRI) award from National Science Foundation. The goal of this research is to develop human safe co-robots, robots that work collaboratively with human operators. This award has been features on MAE news, College of Engineering news and OSU onCampus Today news.

November 2015. DISL doctoral student Lifeng Zhou received the 2015 Presidential Fellowship awarded by The Ohio State University Graduate School. The Presidential Fellowship is the most prestigious award given by the Graduate School, recognizing outstanding scholarly accomplishments and potential of graduate students entering the final phase of their dissertation research or terminal degree project.  Lifeng's research is at the intersection of traditional kinematics field and the cutting edge DNA nanotechnology and he is pioneering in applying the principle and design approaches from macroscopic compliant mechanisms to build nanoscale machines and robots made of DNA materials.  See full story here.

September 2015. DISL received a new National Science Foundation grant "Robust Design of Compliant DNA Origami Mechanisms" to continue its efforts to push the frontier of DNA Origami Mechanisms. 

September 2015. A new website "" has been established to distribute DAS/2D (Design, Analysis and Synthesis), a software for design and analysis of compliant mechanisms. 

September 2015. Undergraduate Assistant at DISL Carter Hurd recieved the first place in First Place at 2015 ASME Student Mechanism & Robot Design Competition. Congratulations. Please check out the OSU MAE newsletter.

September 2015. Dr. Su gave a tutorial on Compliant Mechanisms at the 2015 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences held August, 2015 in Boston, MA. The tutorial lecture notes can be downloaded from via the link

May 2015, DISL Youtube channel is now live. Thanks for all those who contributed to this channel. Special thanks to Anil and Venkat their editing these videos.

May 2015, Dr. Su received Lumley Research Award from College of Engineering. Congratulations.

April 2015, Dr. Su received NASA JPL summer fellowship.

April 2015, doctoral student VenkatasubramanianKalpathyVenkiteswaran revived Ray Travel Award to support his travel to attend 2015 ASME International Design Engineering Technical conferences. Congratulations.

DISL member, doctoral student Venkatasubramanian Kalpathy Venkiteswaran's paper titled "Development of a 3-Spring Pseudo Rigid Body Model of Compliant Joints for Robotic Applications" was awarded Compliant Mechanisms Award 'Theory' by ASME DED Mechanisms & Robotics Committee in August, 2014, Buffalo, NY. Congratulations.

DISL member, UG student Simon Kalouche earned the second place in the 2014 ASME Student Mechanism and Robot Design Competition (Undergraduate Division) held in August, 2014, Buffalo, NY. Congratulations.

DISL member, UG student Simon Kalouche earned First Place Awards at Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, March 27, 2014. Congratulations.

DISL members had a spring break party at Dr. Su's house, March 15, 2014. Click on the link to see the group photo. .

Former DISL member, UG student Jeff Kohler awarded third place in ASME student mechanism design competition. Congratulations.

Doctoral student Hongliang Shi successfully defensed his dissertation in November 2013. Congratulations to Dr. Shi. 

DISL members and their family had a BBQ in Alum Creek State Park, June, 2013. Click on the link to see the group photo.

Prof. Su co-organized the 2013 WaldronFest at the Ohio State University. Prof. Su also co-edited a book titled "Advances in Mechanisms, Robotics and Design Education and Research.

PhD student Hongliang Shi passed his candidacy exam, April, 2013

UG student Jonathan King received MAE Outstanding Research Award for undergraduate students, April, 2013

MS student Venkatasubramanian Kalpathy Venkiteswaran joined DISL, January, 2013

Visting Ph.D. student Ying Zhang joined DISL, October, 2012

Mark Ryan successfully defensed his MS thesis on "Design Optimization and Classification of Compliant Mechanisms for Flapping Wing Micro Air Vehicles", August 16, 2012

Ph.D. student Lifeng Zhou joined DISL, August, 2012

Prof. Su received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant on Syncretizing Science and Art Into Ultra-Precision Machine Design, August 10, 2012. 

Prof. Su and Prof. Carlos E. Castro received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant on Design of DNA Origami Machines and Mechanisms, August, 2012. 

Hongliang Shi presented a paper titled "Workspace of a Hexapod Nanopositioner" at the The ASME 2012 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences (IDETCand Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (CIE), August 12-15, 2012 in Chicago, IL

Prof. Su presented a paper titled "Classification of Flapping Wing Mechanisms for Micro Air Vehicles" at the The ASME 2012 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences (IDETCand Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (CIE), August 12-15, 2012 in Chicago, IL

Prof. Su presented a paper on Design and Fabrication of DNA Origami Mechanisms and Machines at The Second ASME/IEEE International Conference on Reconfigurable Mechanisms and Robots (ReMAR 2012), 9-11 July 2012, Tianjin, China.

A Christie Digital Holostage Mini CAVE with ART 6DOF optical tracker virtual reality simulation environment has been built at DISL, March, 2012.

 Prof. Su received an Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) grant on "Designing Compliant Mechanisms for Micro Air Vehicles", April, 2012.

Design Innovation and Simualtion Lab construction started, Ocotober, 2011