Grainger Engineering Weekend

    Our students made that size and breadth obvious on September 13th, too. They took over Grange Grove for the day ahead of the football game and turned it into “Grainger Grove.” Students hosted more than 20 EOH-style booths and demos, showing off much of what the college has to offer. We had thousands of […]

Kim wins two best paper awards at the SPIE conference, March 2019

Congratulations to Kim for winning the Best Student Paper first place prize and Best Student Paper second place prize for the Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication at the SPIE 2019 conference in Denver, Colorado (March 2019) ! Kim presented her paper “Adaptive and compliant wing tip devices enabled by additive manufacturing and multi-stable structures”. She presented a […]

Ophelia and Professor Wissa present click beetle work at SICB in Tampa, FL

Earlier this month, graduate student Ophelia Bolmin and Professor Wissa traveled to Tampa, FL to present ongoing work on the clicking mechanism of click beetles at the 2019 Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) Annual Meeting. Ophelia presented novel synchrotron x-ray footage showing the internal latch mechanism of the click beetle, and Professor Wissa gave […]

Paper 2 Tree Outreach

On November 6st, the BAM lab participated to the Paper 2 Tree kickoff outreach event at the Booker T. Washington STEM Academy in Champaign, IL. Professor Wissa and graduate students presented the lab’s ornithopter.  Students were introduced to bio-inspired design and were able to design and built gliders. To learn more about the Paper 2 […]

Biom'Innovate Challenge 2017

The Click Beetle project wins the 2nd Prize of the Biom’Innovate Challenge in Senlis, France

Congratulations to the Click Beetle Project team who won the 2nd prize of the Biom’Innovate Challenge in July 2017 at the European Center for Excellence in Biomimicry (CEEBIOS – Senlis, France). The Biom’Innovate Challenge is a student challenge which occurs during the Biomim’Expo, annual meeting that brings together French and european public, researchers, companies and […]


Congratulations to the 2017 BAM Lab graduates!

Michael Lynch, May 2017 Congratulations to the 1st BAM lab graduates! Michael and Boris were among the first BAMers to join and played a major in setting up the lab.  Michael and Boris obtained their M.S., respectively, in Mechanical Science and Engineering and Aerospace Engineering. We wish them the best of luck in their future […]

Ornithopter April 27th, 2017

Ornithopter Indoor Flight Test

On April 27th, the BAM lab successfully flew the ornithopter during the first indoor flight test at the Intelligent Robotics lab. Markers were placed on the wings of the robot to track its motion with the 8 cameras placed in the room. Data will be used to simulate the wings’ motion.

weSTEM Illinois 2017

On January 28th, 2017, during the weSTEM Illinois Conference, hosted by GradSWE at the University of Illinois, Professor Aimy Wissa led a breakout session where she was able to engage with graduate students and share her experiences in a STEM field. The weSTEM Illinois Conference is designed for graduate students, by graduate students with goals […]

ICAST 2016

Earlier this month, graduate student Josiah Waite traveled to Lake George, NY to present at ICAST, the International Conference on Adaptive Structures and Technologies. Josiah presented an aeroelastic model that showed passive deployment of covert-inspired devices was possible and likely to improve lift on UAVs. He had a great time and is looking forward to […]


On September 28, graduate students Boris Mandadzhiev and Michael Lynch traveled to Stowe, VT to present their research papers to the ASME SMASIS 2016 Conference. Boris presented a paper titled, ALULA-INSPIRED LEADING EDGE DEVICE FOR LOW REYNOLDS NUMBER FLIGHT, and Michael presented a technical presentation on Bio-Inspired Wingtip Devices for Low Reynolds Number Flight. Both […]