Nick Thompson

Photograph Nick Thompson
Title PhD Candidate
Department Mechanical Science & Engineering

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL , 2011

Following completion of my undergraduate studies at UIUC, I spent five years in industry before returning for a graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering. During that time I was an apprentice fabricator working on architectural metalwork and a research and development project engineer in the railcar industry. As a PhD student in the Mechanical Science and Engineering Department, I work under the direction of Dr. Elizabeth T. Hsiao-Wecksler in the Human Dynamics and Controls Laboratory and Dr. Girish Krishnan in the Monolithic Systems Lab. I am working to develop my skills as a mechanical engineer with a focus on human-machine interface and mechanical design methodology. My current projects include a soft robotic heart surgery training simulator, and a soft materials 3D printer.

Research Interests

  • Soft Robotics
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Mechatronics
  • Design Methodology
  • Biomechanics
  • Orthotics and Prosthetics

Personal Interests
I spend my free time cooking, gardening, and listening to music. I also enjoy photography, camping, biking, water skiing and snow skiing.

Email: nthomps6(AT)illinois(DOT)edu