In September 2007, Steve Landon (a recent graduate), Spencer Magleby, and Brian Jensen won a best paper award at the 31st Mechanisms & Robotics Conference held as part of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conferences in Las Vegas, Nevada. The paper, "A Compliant Rotating Joint for Deployable Wings on Small UAVs," applies compliant mechanism technology to wing storage on small Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV). The design incorporates a bistable mechanism which enables the wings to extend for flight and then retract when the plane is stored. Possible applications include fitting a plane into a soldier's rucksack.
Paper Earns Compliant Mechanisms Application Best-paper Award