Jeff Dusek

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering


A headshot of Jeff Dusek


MH 355




  • Ph.D., Mechanical and Ocean Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • M.S., Ocean Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • B.S., Ocean Engineering, Florida Atlantic University


  • Accessibility and Adaptive Technology, Experimental Hydrodynamics, Soft Sensors, Underwater Robots, Swarm Robotics,

Dr. Dusek joined Olin in 2017 from Harvard where he served as a postdoctoral fellow in the Self-Organizing Systems Research Group at Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences under faculty supervisor Professor Radhika Nagpal developing miniature underwater vehicles for marine swarm applications. Prior to joining Harvard, he held several teaching and research roles at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology’s Center for Environmental Sensing and Modeling (CENSAM). These included conducting research on the application of distributed flow sensing principles inspired by the fish lateral line sensory organ to unmanned marine vehicles, and developing low-cost and flexible pressure sensor arrays. His research and teaching interests encompass broad themes in marine robotics and hydrodynamic sensing, and accessibility and adaptive technology. In his robotics and sensing work, Dr. Dusek draws lessons and inspiration from biological systems and a deep love of the ocean. He is passionate about increasing the accessibility and diversity of engineering education through the application of universal design principles to both curriculum and technology development. Dr. Dusek worked in MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering where he served as a Laboratory Assistant and later co-taught Principles and Practices of Assistive Technology. He also served as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. 

Dr. Dusek received his Ph.D. from MIT in Mechanical and Ocean Engineering, an M.S. in Ocean Engineering from MIT and a B.S. from Florida Atlantic University in Ocean Engineering as well. He has received several awards including: the Miller Prize for first place at the Oceans Conference Taiwan Student Poster Competition (2014), American Bureau of Shipping Scholarship at MIT (2009), and the Intercollegiate Sailing Association All-Academic Sailing Team-First Team (2008). Dr. Dusek holds one patent, has extensive volunteer experience, and has served as a sailing race team coach and umpire. He developed his love of all things aquatic during his youth while growing up outside of Cleveland, Ohio on the shores of Lake Erie.

Select Publications

F. Berlinger, J. Dusek, M. Gauci, and R. Nagpal. “Robust Maneueverability of a Miniature, Low-Cost Underwater Robot using Multiple Fin Actuation,” IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 2017, Accepted.

J. E. Dusek, J. H. Lang, and M. S. Triantafyllou. “Piezoresistive Foam Sensor Arrays for Marine Applications,” Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, Volume 248, 2016, Pages 173-183, ISSN 0924-4247,

J. Dusek, A. G. P. Kottapalli, M. E. Woo, M. Asadnia, J. Miao, J. H. Lang, and M. S. Triantafyllou, “Development and testing of bio-inspired microelectromechanical pressure sensor arrays for increased situational awareness for marine vehicles,” Smart Mate