My name is Jack Chang Liu. I am a Ph.D. student in the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Notre Dame, working with Professor Mark Plecnik. Prior to this, I earned my master’s degree and then worked as a Research Assistant, both in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.
Drawing inspiration from nature and intricate mechanism designs throughout the course of history, my research lies at the intersection of robot dynamics and kinematic designs. I enjoy exploring non-linear mechanical dynamics that, through the combination of computational mechanism designs and advanced optimal control, enables legged robots to traverse difficult terrains efficiently, stably, and robustly, while maintaining agile motions that reach and even exceed those of legged animals in nature. With extensive experience in working with template dynamics models such as the spring-mass model, multi-body dynamics simulations engines including Chrono, and bio-medical devices that rapidly remove blood clots in Artery, I am excited to dive deeper in many of these areas by aligning them with my research throughout my PhD career and beyond.
I am always open to collaborations, new ideas, and feedback. Please feel free to check out the content on this site, and let me know if you’d be interested to learn more or work together on something great!
PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, expected 2024
MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, 2018
BE, Mechanical Engineering, Tianjin University, 2016