Kevin Chen, Assistant Professor
Kevin Chen is an assistant professor in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at MIT. He received his PhD in Engineering Sciences at Harvard University under the supervision of Professor Robert J. Wood. His work focuses on developing insect-scale robots capable of locomotion and transition between air, land, and water. His research interests also include developing high bandwidth and robust soft actuators for microrobot manipulation and locomotion. He is a recipient of the best student paper award at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) 2015, a Harvard Teaching Excellence Award, and he was named to the “Forbes 30 Under 30” list in the category of Science.
Zhijian Ren, EECS PhD Graduate Student
Zhijian Ren is a first-year PhD in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at MIT. He received his BS in Automation at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) and MS in Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), where he worked in Soft Machines Lab (SML) with Professor Carmel Majidi. His research interest focuses on the actuation, sensing and control of soft and bio-inspired robots. He is a recipient of the outstanding innovation project award at SJTU. Zhijian likes watching movies and detective novels in his free time and he is a big fan of Celtics!