Fueled by his affection for motorsports, Sumanyu chose to study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois. During the beginning years of his study, Sumanyu participated in multiple hackathons, Formula Student (SAE), and several design challenges in and out of classroom. University of Illinois courses introduced Sumanyu to controls and robotics, ultimately expanding his knowledge and intriguing him to pursue this path. In February of 2018, Sumanyu joined the BAM Lab which provided him the opportunity to learn more about controls and robotics in a research environment. Outside of the classroom, Sumanyu is working in the composite subsystem of Illini Motorsports to learn more about the intricacies of carbon fiber in manufactured parts. Also, he is working to improve his product design skills.
Sumanyu is working on the Annelid-Inspired Locomotion using Bi-Stable Origami Towers. The goal is to create a robust system of untethered robots capable of performing unique tasks. These tasks are for example and not limited to: attaching with identical robots to create a longer unified robot. Sumanyu’s research focus is to develop a wireless communication network alongside an untethered closed loop control system for the individual origami towers in the crawling robot. His tasks also involve validating performance vis-à-vis with the corresponding tethered versions. He is working with two other graduate students for his research. Additionally, he is also working on the video motion analysis for the Click Beetle project.