Department of Mechanical Engineering

Brigham Young University 

Provo, UT 84602

(801) 422-2625

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THESES + DISSERTATIONS

The following is a list of theses and dissertations published by graduate students in the CMR. Electronic theses and dissertations (ETD) can be accessed by selecting the associated link and selecting "access item" on the abstract. The BYU ETD database can be searched at the following site: BYU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. For theses and dissertations without an ETD, hard copies are available through the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University.

If the "Read more and download" link does not work, there is no electronic version of that thesis or dissertation at this time.

M.S. Thesis

Jacob Greenwood

2019

Enabling Compact Devices Through Origami and Developable Mechanisms

M.S. Thesis

Mary Wilson

2019

Techniques for Using Internal Strain-Energy Storage and Release in Origami-Based Mechanical Systems

M.S. Thesis

Kendall Seymour

2019

Joint Analysis of and Applications for Devices with Expanding Motions

Ph.D. Dissertation

Alden Yellowhorse

2018

Methods for Creating Rigid Foldability in Origami-Inspired Deployable Mechanisms

M.S. Thesis

Janette Fernelius Herron

2018

Augmented Design Capabilities for Origami Tessellations

Ph.D. Dissertation

Todd Nelson

2018

Art to Engineering: Curved Folding and Developable Surfaces in Mechanism and Deployable Structure Design

M.S. Thesis

Trent Zimmerman

2018

A Definition and Demonstration of Developable Mechanisms

M.S. Thesis

Brandon Sargent

2018

Using Collapsible Systems to Mitigate Buckling in Thin Flexible Instruments in Robotic Surgery

M.S. Thesis

Bryce De Figueiredo

2017

Developing New Classes of Thick-Origami-Based Mechanisms: Conceal-and-Reveal Motion and Folding Printed Circuit Boards

M.S. Thesis

Erica Crampton

2017

Considering Manufacturing in the Design of Thick-Panel Origami Mechanisms

M.S. Thesis

Kyler Tolman

2017

Developing Hybrid Thickness-Accommodation Techniques for New Origami-Inspired Engineered Systems

M.S. Thesis

Jared Butler

2017

Highly Compressible Origami Bellows for Harsh Environments

M.S. Thesis

Jason Allen

2017

Selecting Surrogate Folds for Use in Origami-Based Mechanisms and Products

M.S. Thesis

Jason L. Dearden

2016

Design and Analysis of Two Compliant Mechanism Designs for Use in Minimally Invasive Surgical Instruments

Ph.D. Dissertation

Ezekiel Merriam

2016

Stiffness Reduction Strategies for Additively Manufactured Compliant Mechanisms

M.S. Thesis

Thomas Evans

2015

Deployable and Foldable Arrays of Spatial Mechanisms

Ph.D. Dissertation

Shannon Zirbel

2014

Compliant Mechanisms for Deployable Space Systems

M.S. Thesis

Brandon Hanna

2014

Modeling and Testing of Bistable Waterbomb Base Configurations

Ph.D. Dissertation

Sean Tolman

2014

Elastic Energy Absorption via Compliant Corrugations

M.S. Thesis

Kevin Francis

2013

Origami-Based Design for Engineering Applications

M.S. Thesis

Ezekiel Merriam

2013

Fully Compliant Mechanisms for Bearing Subtraction in Robotics and Space Applications

M.S. Thesis

Robert M. Fowler

2012

Investigation of Compliant Space Mechanisms with Applications to the Design of a Large-Displacement Monolithic Compliant Rotational Hinge

M.S. Thesis

Shane K. Curtis

2012

A Method for Exploring Optimization Formulation Space in Conceptual Design

M.S. Thesis

Holly C. Greenberg

2012

The Application of Origami to the Design of Lamina Emergent Mechanisms (LEMs) with Extensions to Collapsible, Compliant and Flat Folding Mechanisms

M.S. Thesis

Justin D. Black

2012

Evaluation and Development of Actuators for Lamina Emergent Mechanisms with Emphasis on Flat Solenoids

M.S. Thesis

Walter C. Fazio

2012

Mechanical Properties and MEMS Applications of Carbon-Infiltrated Carbon Nanotube Forests

Ph.D. Dissertation

Quentin Aten

2011

Devices and Methods for Electro-Physical Transport of DNA across Cell Membranes

M.S. Thesis

Shannon Zirbel

2011

Characterization of the Mechanical Response of the Lumbar Spine

M.S. Thesis

Eric Dodgen

2011

Spinal Implant with Customized and Non-Linear Stiffness

M.S. Thesis

Samuel E. Wilding

2011

Expanding Lamina Emergent Mechanism (LEM) Capabilities: Spherical LEMs, LEM Joints, and LEM Applications

M.S. Thesis

Nathan C. Toone

2011

Mathematical Model and Experimental Exploration of the Nanoinjector Lance Array

Ph.D. Dissertation

Regis David

2010

A Generalized Two-Dimensional Model to Reconstruct the Impact Phase in Automobile Collisions

M.S. Thesis

Brian Olsen

2010

A Design Framework that Employs a Classification Scheme and Library for Compliant Mechanism Design

M.S. Thesis

Kellen Moulton

2010

Straightness of Growth For Carbon Nanotube Microelectromechanical Systems

M.S. Thesis

Eric Stratton

2010

Design and Analysis of a Compliant Mechanism Spinal Implant

Ph.D. Dissertation

Peter Halverson

2010

Modeling, Design and Testing of Contact-Aided Compliant Mechanisms in Spinal Arthroplasty

M.S. Thesis

Devin Ferrell

2010

Development of Criteria for Lamina Emergent Mechanism Flexures with Specific Application to Metals

M.S. Thesis

Paul Gollnick

2010

Design Principles and Preliminary Actuation Approaches For Novel Multiple-Layer Lamina Emergent

M.S. Thesis

Gerrit Larsen

2009

Piezoresistive Models for Polysilicon with Bending or Torsional Loads

M.S. Thesis

David Smith

2009

Off-axis Stiffness and Piezoresistive Sensing in Large-Displacement Linear-Motion Microelectromechanical Systems

M.S. Thesis

Cameron Andersen

2008

Principles, Functions and Concepts for Compliant Mechanically Reactive Armor Elements

M.S. Thesis

Kendall Teichert

2008

Multi-physics Modeling and Calibration for Self-sensing of Thermomechanical In-plane Microactuators

M.S. Thesis

Quentin Aten

2008

Design and Testing of a Pumpless Microelectro-Mechanical System Nanoinjector

M.S. Thesis

Brian Winder

2008

Achieving Complex Motion with Fundamental Components for Lamina Emergent Mechanisms

M.S. Thesis

Joseph Jacobsen

2008

Fundamental Components for Lamina Emergent Mechanisms

M.S. Thesis

Brian Cherry

2008

Characterizing the Three-dimensional Behavior of Bistable Micromechanisms

M.S. Thesis

Mike Diehl

2007

Design and Fabrication of Out-of-Plane Silicon Microneedles with Integrated Hydrophobic Microchannels

Ph.D. Dissertation

Robert Messenger

2007

Integrated Piezoresistive Sensing for Feedback Control of Compliant MEMS

M.S. Thesis

Jacob Montierth

2007

Elliptical Rolling Link Toggle Mechanisms for Passive Force Closures with Self-Adjustment

M.S. Thesis

Allen Mackay

2007

Large-Displacement Linear-Motion Compliant Mechanisms

M.S. Thesis

Steve Landon

2007

Development of Deployable Wings for Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Using Compliant Mechanisms

M.S. Thesis

Peter Halverson

2007

Multi-Stable Compliant Rolling-Contact Elements

M.S. Thesis

Gary Johns

2007

The Piezoresistive Effect In Microflexures

M.S. Thesis

Rob Chase

2006

Large 3-D Deflection and Force Analysis of Lateral Torsional Buckled Beams

M.S. Thesis

Mark Whitezell

2006

Development of a Strain Energy Storage Mechanism Using Tension Elements to Enhance Golf Club Performance

M.S. Thesis

Nathan Rasmussen

2006

Compliant Ortho-Planar Spring Behavior Under Complex Loads

Ph.D. Dissertation

Craig Lusk

2005

Ortho-Planar Mechanisms for Microelectromechanical Systems

M.S. Thesis

Neal Hubbard

2005

Dual-stage Thermally Actuated Surface-micromachined Nanopositioners

Ph.D. Dissertation

Jonathan Wittwer

2005

Simulation-based Design Under Uncertainty for Compliant Microelectromechanical Systems

M.S. Thesis

Jesse Cannon

2004

Compliant Mechanisms to Perform Bearing and Spring Function in High Precision Applications

M.S. Thesis

Daniel Wilcox

2004

Fully Compliant Tensural Bistable Mechanisms (FTBM) with On-chip Thermal Actuation

M.S. Thesis

Ryan Weight

2004

High-Torque Capacity Compliant Centrifugal Clutches

M.S. Thesis

Ben Cannon

2003

Design and Analysis of End-Effector Systems for Scribing on Silicon

M.S. Thesis

John Kennedy

2003

Compliant, In-plane Ratchet and Pawl Micromechanisms for Safety Applications

Ph.D. Dissertation

Scott Lyon

2003

The Pseudo-Rigid-Body Model for Dynamic Predictions of Macro and Micro Compliant Mechanisms

M.S. Thesis

Scott Brooks

2003

Design of Compliant Mechanisms for Grasping with Application to Mechanical Disc Brakes

M.S. Thesis

Kimberley Jensen

2003

Analysis and Design of Surface Micromachined Micromanipulators for Out-of-plane Micropositioning

M.S. Thesis

Timothy Allred

2003

Compliant Mechanisms Suspensions

M.S. Thesis

Alex Guerinot

2003

Compliant Mechanisms Subjected to Compressive Loadings

M.S. Thesis

Brandon Woolley

2003

An Approach to Concept Development for Compliant Mechanisms Possessing High Coefficients of Restitution

M.S. Thesis

Daniel Carroll

2002

Metamorphic Process for Compliant Ortho-planar Mechanism Design

M.S. Thesis

Michael Baker

2002

On-Chip Actuation of Compliant Bistable Micro-Mechanisms

M.S. Thesis

Johathan Wittwerr

2001

Predicting the Effects of Dimensional and Material Property Variations in Micro Compliant Mechanisms

M.S. Thesis

Brent Weight

2001

Development and Design of Constant Force Mechanisms

M.S. Thesis

Nathan Masters

2001

A Self-Retracting Fully-Compliant Bistable Micromechanism

M.S. Thesis

Christian Lott

2001

Electrothermomechanical Modeling of a Surface-micromachined Linear Displacement Microactuator

M.S. Thesis

Chris Mattson

2001

Principles for the Design and Development of Modular Consumer-Products

M.S. Thesis

Cameron Boyle

2001

A Closed-Form Dynamic Model of the Compliant Constant-Force Mechanism Using the Pseudo-Rigid-Body Model

M.S. Thesis

Aaron Herring

2001

High Production Manufacturing Considerations for Metallic Compliant Mechanisms with Long Thin Beams

M.S. Thesis

Deanne Clements

2000

Implementing Compliant Mechanisms in Micro-Electo-Mechanical Systems

M.S. Thesis

Clint Mortensen

2000

Behavior Models for Compliant Continuously Variable Transmissions

M.S. Thesis

Nathan Crane

1999

Compliant Centrifugal Clutches Design Analysis and Testing

M.S. Thesis

Rebecca Cragun

1999

Thermal Microactuators for Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS)

M.S. Thesis

John Parise

1999

Ortho-Planar Mechanisms

M.S. Thesis

Gregory Roach

1998

An Investigation of Compliant Over-running Ratchet and Pawl Clutches

M.S. Thesis

Andrew Nielson

1998

Demonstration of the Pseudo-Rigid-Body Model for Macro and Micro Compliant Pantographs

M.S. Thesis

Brian Jensen

1998

Identification of Macro- and Micro-Compliant Mechanism Configurations Resulting in Bistable Behavior

M.S. Thesis

Alisa Henrie Millar

1997

Variable Compliance Via Magneto-Rheological Materials

M.S. Thesis

Patrick Opdahl

1996

Modeling and Analysis of Compliant Bi-stable Mechanisms Using the Pseudo-Rigid-Body Model

M.S. Thesis

Brian Edwards

1996

Functionally Binary Pinned-Pinned Segments

M.S. Thesis

James Derderian

1996

The Pseudo-Rigid-Body-Model Concept and its Application to Micro Compliant Mechanisms