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Aaron Hoover, Ph.D.

Aaron Hoover

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Campus Center 214


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University

Select Courses Taught

Elecanisms (Mechatronics)
Principles of Engineering
Introduction to Mechanical Prototyping


Bio-inspired Robotic Locomotion
Robotic Design
Computer-aided Design and Manufacturing


Dr. Aaron Hoover holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.S. from Stanford University all in mechanical engineering. At Berkeley, his dissertation research was in the area of biologically-inspired design and manufacture of novel, small-scale, legged robots. In the quest to design and build ever-smaller and more capable robots, Dr. Hoover seeks to understand how the principles underlying the locomotion of biological systems can yield insights that improve everything from manufacturing to dynamic performance. His continuing research interests are in bio-inspired robotic locomotion, robotic design, and computer-aided design and manufacturing. In 2009, Dr. Hoover's research was featured on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's science show, "Catalyst." Prior to joining Olin, Dr. Hoover was a post-doctoral researcher in the Biomimetic Milli-Systems lab at Berkeley. During his time at Berkeley, he mentored a number of undergraduate students and was also a fellow of the Summer Institute for Preparing Future Faculty. Dr. Hoover is a strong proponent of experiential, hands-on learning and enjoys the challenge of continually improving his teaching.

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