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BRIDGEPORT, Pa — Former Princeton University women’s water polo athlete Sarah Bergbreiter is making big discoveries with small robots in her position as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa.

She joined the faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon in the fall of 2018.   .

She received her bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University in 1999. After a short introduction to the challenges of sensor networks at a small startup company, she received the Masters and doctorate degrees from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004 and 2007, respectively, with a focus on microrobotics. She joined the University of Maryland, College Park in 2008 as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, with a joint appointment in the Institute for Systems Research.

She received the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award in 2008, the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award in 2011, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) Award in 2013 for her research on engineering robotic systems down to sub-millimeter size scales. She also received the Best Conference Paper Award at IEEE ICRA 2010 for her work incorporating new materials into microrobotics.

She discussed her work during the 2020 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems:


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