Ophelia Bolmin



M.S. in Aerospace Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017

B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering (Diplôme d’ingénieur)
Specialization: Material Science and Structure Calculations
ENSTA Bretagne, France, 2017


Ophelia grew up in Paris, France. After two years of French “Classes Prepa,” an intensive two year undergraduate program in advance mathematics and science for the competitive entrance examinations for French graduate engineering schools, she enrolled in ENSTA Bretagne (Brest, France, 2014) where she is seeking a Diplôme d’ingénieur in Material Science and Structure Calculations (MSc in Mechanical Engineering). She enrolled at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in August 2016, seeking a double-degree in Aerospace Engineering and joined the BAM laboratory in September 2016.

She has had a passion for biomimicry, mechanical structures, and robotics since high school, where she developed a hexapedal humanitarian robot which received several national and international engineering prizes. She took this project further during her undergrad (“Class Prepa”) by making in run across water like the Jesus Christ lizard in collaboration with the LadHyX (Hydronamics Laboratory of the Ecole polytechnique). At ENSTA Bretagne, she did research on the mechanical characterization of plywood material for structural application (project presented at the 10th International Conference of Advanced Computational Engineering and Experimenting 2016).

A Self-Righting Mechanism for Autonomous Robots Inspired by Click Beetles (Elateridae)

Ophelia’s research is focused on designing a self-righting robot inspired from the click beetle at the BAM lab. Click beetles have developed a unique self-righting jumping mechanism, using their body to bump against the floor and propel themselves into the air. Ophelia is developing a model to describe the instant when the beetle releases it energy, before leaving the ground. The movement was analyzed after taking videos of the jump with high speed cameras. In the future, she will develop a prototype of the robot.

Email obolmin2@nospam5e4cc1fc39574.illinois.edu