Logan McKee

Title NSF REU Summer 2019


BS in Mechanial Science and Engineering
Parkland College, Class of 2019
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Class of 2021


Logan grew up in Champaign, IL. In the fall of 2017, he entered the Parkland Pathway to Illinois Engineering Program. He obtained his Associate in Engineering Science degree in May 2019. This fall he will be a junior at the University of Illinois pursuing a degree in mechanical science and engineering. His interest in engineering developed from a passion for math and seeing its practical uses in the world throughout his middle school and high school years. Logan joined the BAM lab team in the summer of 2019 as part of the NSF REU program where he is working to improve the efficiency of the ornithopter’s flight. In his free time Logan enjoys biking as well as attending Fighting Illini sports events.


Logan is working on increasing the flight efficiency of the BAM lab’s ornithopter. To achieve this, he is designing and implementing a hinge with a bilinear stiffness into the wings of the ornithopter. This hinge is made of dual materials featuring hard plastics interfaced with rubberlike plastics. The hinge will allow for the wings to mimic those of a real bird through the means of an asymmetric flapping motion. Logan is specifically working on dynamic modeling to determine the stiffness of the hinge.

Email loganjm2@nospam5e4cc2016dbd6.illinois.edu