Robotics

Weaving a smarter future

Julianna Abel and David Pui in a research lab.

Legacy, Fall 2017

MNDrive faculty Julianna Abel, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, conducts research into smart knitted structures using shape memory alloys. These have enormous potential as smart textile actuators, exhibiting a mechanical or dimensional change in response to a stimulus, such as a temperature change or electrical current.

Abel and David Pui, Distinguished McKnight University Professor, are the University of Minnesota's lead researchers for a nationwide "smart fabrics" initiative. 

Photo by William Clark.