February, 2010: Morpheus Lab is excited to welcome its newest member, Alia Slipher, into the world. Alia was born on February 5th, 2010. Her Mom and
Dad, Patty and Geoff, are very pleased. We wish her a long happy life full of success and creativity.
February, 2010: Dr. Robert Proctor, the CEO and Founder of FlexEl, tours Morpheus Lab. During the visit we discussed the new battery technology developed by FlexEl and the potential for a future cooperation bewteen Morpheus and the company.
January, 2010: Dr. Hubbard publishes his book titled "Spatial Filtering for the Control of Smart Strucutres" (ISBN: 978-3-642-03803-7). This book develops and details rigorous design methodologies and performance measures for the control of modern Smart Structures.
January, 2010: Morpheus Lab welcomes new graduate student researcher Cornelia Altenbuchner. Cornelia will be conducting research focused on creating a structural dynamic model for the ornithopters. Welcome Cornelia!
November 2009: Morpheus Lab retires our first active ornithopter flight test platform, "Trinity." After five years of faithful service, hundreds of successful experimental flight tests and bench tests, and a few rough landings Trinity is ready to retire in style to a static display in the NIA lobby.
October 2009: Morpheus Lab was pleased to host Mr. John Miller, Director of the U.S. Army Research Lab (ARL), and his distinguished party for a tour of our facilities and discussions of our research progress. We enjoyed the technical discussions over a pizza lunch with Director Miller and his ARL staff.
September 2009: Dr. Hubbard was the keynote speaker at the 2009 ASME Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures & Intelligent Systems, September 21-23, in Oxnard, California. He spoke on the future of the U.S. Aerospace Industry, and reclaiming our technological leadership.
June 2009: Dr. Frances ("Fran") Kelly, former director of U.S. Navy Education Programs, tours Morpheus Lab after delivering her lecture on "The Implications of the Internet and E-Learning for Changes in American Society" at NIA, (lecture).
May, 2007: We are excited to announce our newest member, Tyler Guerreiro. Mom and Dad are very pleased. We expect Tyler to contribute ideas toward our disruptive technologies just as soon as his big brother, Nathan, lets him play at the computer.
In April, 2009 Dr. Hubbard and Jared Grauer presented morpheus research papers at the AIAA Infotech@Aerospace Conference, Seattle WA, April 6 - April 9, 2009: "Testing of a Passively Morphing Ornithopter Wing" and "Field Calibration of Inertial Measurement Units for Miniature Unmanned Aircraft."
In January 2009 Morpheus Lab welcomed a new graduate student researcher Aimy Wissa. Aimy will be conducting research focused on optimizing the performance of our ornithopter wings. Welcome Aimy!
On January 7, 2009 Jared Grauer and Dr. Hubbard attended and presented a paper titled ""A Multibody Model of an Ornithopter" at the AIAA Aerospace Sciences conference in Florida.
On November 4, 2008 Morpheus Lab's Ben Nickless successfully defended his Master's thesis titled "Modeling and Control of Piezo Flextensional Actuators." The defense took place in College Park. Congratulations to Ben!
On September 4, 2008 Morpheus Lab's Robyn Harmon defended her Master's thesis titled "Aerodynamic Modeling of a Flapping Membrane Wing Using Motion Tracking Experiments." The defense took place on the College Park campus. Congratulations, Robyn!
August 2008: Morpheus Lab's Jared Grauer, Nelson Guerreiro, and Robyn Harmon presented their research at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.
On July 29, 2008, Morpheus was pleased to welcome Dr. Mark Bundy, a distinguished visitor from the US Army Research Laboratory. Dr. Bundy, who is the University of Maryland POC for the new CTA/MAST project on microsystem mechanics, was treated to a full day visit including an ornithopter flight demonstration.
Alex Brown joined us at the National Institute of Aerospace in July, 2008 as a full time Graduate Research Assistant in the MS program.
Morpheus Post-Doctoral researcher, Dr. Sandra Ugrina, is awarded the esteemed L’Oreal Fellowship for Women In Science. The award ceremony was held in New York City. 06/2008.
Three members of Morpheus Lab (Nelson Guerreiro, Ryan Hubbard, and Geoff Slipher) along with members of the Newport News Park Radio Control Club (NNPRCC) host the Denbigh Baptist Christian School for a fun day of flying outdoors. The event was held at the NNPRCC flying field. 06/24/2008
Dr. Hubbard's early seminal work on actively damping of structures, performed while he was at MIT, was cited for its historical significance in the Spring 2008 Adaptive Structures and Material Systems newsletter (pdf, see page 7).
Ryan Hubbard is on assignment to Morpheus Lab for the summer from Virginia Tech. 05/2008
The 42 students from Danvill VA enjoy a full day with us touring NASA and the Virginia Air and Space Museum in Hampton. 04/2008.
Bueche recently received her BA in English from the University of
Illinois, Springfield. We were graced by Mollie's presence, and are sad to
see her leave, but happy that she is pursuing her dream of writing professionally.
Mollie we wish all the best for you and your family. June 2008.
Geoffrey Slipher was awarded the First
Place Award of Excellence for Research in the Area of Modeling and Simulation on April 17th, 2008 at the University of Maryland's Graduate Research
Interaction Day (GRID) 2008. Geoff also won the First Place Award of Excellence
for Advances in Technology and Biotechnology at GRID 2007.
Nathan Guerreiro was born on August 4, 2007. His Mom and Dad, Veronica and Nelson,
are very happy. We expect amazing ideas to be forthcoming from this little fellow shortly, just as
soon as he can talk. August 2007.
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