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.

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Enabling Compact Devices Through Origami and Developable Mechanisms

Jacob Greenwood

2019

M.S. Thesis

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

Mary Wilson

2019

M.S. Thesis

Joint Analysis of and Applications for Devices with Expanding Motions

Kendall Seymour

2019

M.S. Thesis

Methods for Creating Rigid Foldability in Origami-Inspired Deployable Mechanisms

Alden Yellowhorse

2018

Ph.D. Dissertation

Augmented Design Capabilities for Origami Tessellations

Janette Fernelius Herron

2018

M.S. Thesis

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

Todd Nelson

2018

Ph.D. Dissertation

A Definition and Demonstration of Developable Mechanisms

Trent Zimmerman

2018

M.S. Thesis

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

Brandon Sargent

2018

M.S. Thesis

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

Bryce De Figueiredo

2017

M.S. Thesis

Considering Manufacturing in the Design of Thick-Panel Origami Mechanisms

Erica Crampton

2017

M.S. Thesis

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

Kyler Tolman

2017

M.S. Thesis

Highly Compressible Origami Bellows for Harsh Environments

Jared Butler

2017

M.S. Thesis

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

Jason Allen

2017

M.S. Thesis

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

Jason L. Dearden

2016

M.S. Thesis

Stiffness Reduction Strategies for Additively Manufactured Compliant Mechanisms

Ezekiel Merriam

2016

Ph.D. Dissertation

Deployable and Foldable Arrays of Spatial Mechanisms

Thomas Evans

2015

M.S. Thesis

Compliant Mechanisms for Deployable Space Systems

Shannon Zirbel

2014

Ph.D. Dissertation

Modeling and Testing of Bistable Waterbomb Base Configurations

Brandon Hanna

2014

M.S. Thesis

Elastic Energy Absorption via Compliant Corrugations

Sean Tolman

2014

Ph.D. Dissertation

Origami-Based Design for Engineering Applications

Kevin Francis

2013

M.S. Thesis

Fully Compliant Mechanisms for Bearing Subtraction in Robotics and Space Applications

Ezekiel Merriam

2013

M.S. Thesis

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

Robert M. Fowler

2012

M.S. Thesis

A Method for Exploring Optimization Formulation Space in Conceptual Design

Shane K. Curtis

2012

M.S. Thesis

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

Holly C. Greenberg

2012

M.S. Thesis

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

Justin D. Black

2012

M.S. Thesis

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

Walter C. Fazio

2012

M.S. Thesis

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

Quentin Aten

2011

Ph.D. Dissertation

Characterization of the Mechanical Response of the Lumbar Spine

Shannon Zirbel

2011

M.S. Thesis

Spinal Implant with Customized and Non-Linear Stiffness

Eric Dodgen

2011

M.S. Thesis

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

Samuel E. Wilding

2011

M.S. Thesis

Mathematical Model and Experimental Exploration of the Nanoinjector Lance Array

Nathan C. Toone

2011

M.S. Thesis

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

Regis David

2010

Ph.D. Dissertation

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

Brian Olsen

2010

M.S. Thesis

Straightness of Growth For Carbon Nanotube Microelectromechanical Systems

Kellen Moulton

2010

M.S. Thesis

Design and Analysis of a Compliant Mechanism Spinal Implant

Eric Stratton

2010

M.S. Thesis

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

Peter Halverson

2010

Ph.D. Dissertation

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

Devin Ferrell

2010

M.S. Thesis

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

Paul Gollnick

2010

M.S. Thesis

Piezoresistive Models for Polysilicon with Bending or Torsional Loads

Gerrit Larsen

2009

M.S. Thesis

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

David Smith

2009

M.S. Thesis

Principles, Functions and Concepts for Compliant Mechanically Reactive Armor Elements

Cameron Andersen

2008

M.S. Thesis

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

Kendall Teichert

2008

M.S. Thesis

Design and Testing of a Pumpless Microelectro-Mechanical System Nanoinjector

Quentin Aten

2008

M.S. Thesis

Achieving Complex Motion with Fundamental Components for Lamina Emergent Mechanisms

Brian Winder

2008

M.S. Thesis

Fundamental Components for Lamina Emergent Mechanisms

Joseph Jacobsen

2008

M.S. Thesis

Characterizing the Three-dimensional Behavior of Bistable Micromechanisms

Brian Cherry

2008

M.S. Thesis

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

Mike Diehl

2007

M.S. Thesis

Integrated Piezoresistive Sensing for Feedback Control of Compliant MEMS

Robert Messenger

2007

Ph.D. Dissertation

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

Jacob Montierth

2007

M.S. Thesis

Large-Displacement Linear-Motion Compliant Mechanisms

Allen Mackay

2007

M.S. Thesis

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

Steve Landon

2007

M.S. Thesis

Multi-Stable Compliant Rolling-Contact Elements

Peter Halverson

2007

M.S. Thesis

The Piezoresistive Effect In Microflexures

Gary Johns

2007

M.S. Thesis

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

Rob Chase

2006

M.S. Thesis

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

Mark Whitezell

2006

M.S. Thesis

Compliant Ortho-Planar Spring Behavior Under Complex Loads

Nathan Rasmussen

2006

M.S. Thesis

Ortho-Planar Mechanisms for Microelectromechanical Systems

Craig Lusk

2005

Ph.D. Dissertation

Dual-stage Thermally Actuated Surface-micromachined Nanopositioners

Neal Hubbard

2005

M.S. Thesis

Simulation-based Design Under Uncertainty for Compliant Microelectromechanical Systems

Jonathan Wittwer

2005

Ph.D. Dissertation

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

Jesse Cannon

2004

M.S. Thesis

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

Daniel Wilcox

2004

M.S. Thesis

High-Torque Capacity Compliant Centrifugal Clutches

Ryan Weight

2004

M.S. Thesis

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

Ben Cannon

2003

M.S. Thesis

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

John Kennedy

2003

M.S. Thesis

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

Scott Lyon

2003

Ph.D. Dissertation

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

Scott Brooks

2003

M.S. Thesis

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

Kimberley Jensen

2003

M.S. Thesis

Compliant Mechanisms Suspensions

Timothy Allred

2003

M.S. Thesis

Compliant Mechanisms Subjected to Compressive Loadings

Alex Guerinot

2003

M.S. Thesis

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

Brandon Woolley

2003

M.S. Thesis

Metamorphic Process for Compliant Ortho-planar Mechanism Design

Daniel Carroll

2002

M.S. Thesis

On-Chip Actuation of Compliant Bistable Micro-Mechanisms

Michael Baker

2002

M.S. Thesis

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

Johathan Wittwerr

2001

M.S. Thesis

Development and Design of Constant Force Mechanisms

Brent Weight

2001

M.S. Thesis

A Self-Retracting Fully-Compliant Bistable Micromechanism

Nathan Masters

2001

M.S. Thesis

Electrothermomechanical Modeling of a Surface-micromachined Linear Displacement Microactuator

Christian Lott

2001

M.S. Thesis

Principles for the Design and Development of Modular Consumer-Products

Chris Mattson

2001

M.S. Thesis

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

Cameron Boyle

2001

M.S. Thesis

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

Aaron Herring

2001

M.S. Thesis

Implementing Compliant Mechanisms in Micro-Electo-Mechanical Systems

Deanne Clements

2000

M.S. Thesis

Behavior Models for Compliant Continuously Variable Transmissions

Clint Mortensen

2000

M.S. Thesis

Compliant Centrifugal Clutches Design Analysis and Testing

Nathan Crane

1999

M.S. Thesis

Thermal Microactuators for Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS)

Rebecca Cragun

1999

M.S. Thesis

Ortho-Planar Mechanisms

John Parise

1999

M.S. Thesis

An Investigation of Compliant Over-running Ratchet and Pawl Clutches

Gregory Roach

1998

M.S. Thesis

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

Andrew Nielson

1998

M.S. Thesis

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

Brian Jensen

1998

M.S. Thesis

Variable Compliance Via Magneto-Rheological Materials

Alisa Henrie Millar

1997

M.S. Thesis

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

Patrick Opdahl

1996

M.S. Thesis

Functionally Binary Pinned-Pinned Segments

Brian Edwards

1996

M.S. Thesis

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

James Derderian

1996

M.S. Thesis

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