Assistant Professor
Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Phone: 480-727-4853
Office: ERC 365 (Map)
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Hamid Marvi is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Previously, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University (2014-2015) and at Georgia Institute of Technology (2013-2014). He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2013. His work has been published in several scientific journals such as Science and has received attention from popular media such as New York Times, Los Angles Times, Washington Post, and BBC. His research aims to study fundamental physics behind interactions of biological systems with their surrounding solid, granular, and fluidic environments. Utilizing biological insights derived from these studies, he would like to develop bio-inspired robotic systems and programmable interfacial structures for search and rescue, exploratory, and medical applications.


Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (2013)
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University (2009)
M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology (2007)
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology (2004)

Research Interests

  • Bio-inspired robotics
  • Bio-inspired design
  • Mechanics of animal locomotion
  • Active control of friction, adhesion, and drag forces
  • Smart materials and structures
  • Soft robotics
  • Magnetic micro-robotics

Honors and Awards

  • Sigma Xi Best Ph.D. Thesis Award, Georgia Tech, 2014
  • Best Student Paper of the Year in Mechatronics, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2012
  • GoSTEM Graduate Teaching Fellowship, Georgia Tech, Goizueta Foundation, 2012-2013
  • Best Poster Award, Georgia Tech Research and Innovation Conference, 2012
  • Emerald Publishing Literati Network Award for Excellence, 2011