A mechanical engineer by training, I am passionate about creating novel fabrication processes. My work is drawn from experience with mechanical design, electronics, computer programming and materials science. I am excited about using digital manufacturing to change the types of products we create, as well the way they are designed.
I have experience designing custom CNC equipment including a 2’x4′ wood router, and 3D printers for stereolithography, direct-write assembly, and fused filament fabrication. I also have experience creating designs for and operating CNC plasma cutters, milling machines, laser cutters, waterjet cutters, and various commercial 3D printers.
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- Cornell University (2013 – present)
- Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) – in progress
- Major: Mechanical Engineering
- Concentration: Dynamics and Controls
- Minor Subjects: Computer Science, Materials Engineering
- North Carolina State University (2008 – 2012)
- Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
- Mechanical Engineering
- Valedictorian, Class of 2012
- Journal Articles
- Larson, C.†, Peele, B.†, Li, S.†, Robinson, S., Totaro, M., Beccai, L., Mazzolai, B., & Shepherd, R. (2016). Highly Stretchable Electroluminescent Skin for Optical Signaling and Tactile Sensing. Science, Vol. 351, Issue 6277, pp. 1071-1074. († These authors contributed equally to this work.)
- Peele, B. N., Wallin, T. J., Zhao, H., & Shepherd, R. F. (2015). 3D printing antagonistic systems of artificial muscle using projection stereolithography. Biomimetics and Bioinspiration, 10(5):055003.
- Li, S., Peele, B. N., Larson, C. M., Zhao, H., & Shepherd, R. F. (2016). A Stretchable Multicolor Display and Touch Interface Using Photopatterning and Transfer Printing. Advanced Materials, 10.1002/adma.201603408.
- Robinson, S. S., O’Brien, K. W., Zhao, H., Peele, B. N., Larson, C. M., Mac Murray, B. C., van Meerbeek, I. M., Dunham, S. N., & Shepherd, R. F. (2015). Integrated soft sensors and elastomeric actuators for tactile machines with kinesthetic sense. Extreme Mechanics Letters.
- Lihong, L., Robinson, S. S., Peele, B. N., Zhao, H., Mac Murray, B. C., Min, J. K., Mosadegh, B., Dunham, S., & Shepherd, R. F. (2016). Selective Mineralization of Tough Hydrogel Lumens for Simulating Arterial Plaque. Advanced Engineering Materials. 10.1002/adem.201600591.
- Conference Proceedings
- Shepherd, R., Peele, B., Mac Murray, B., Barreiros, J., Shapira, O., Spjut, J., & Luebke, D. (2017). Stretchable Transducers for Kinesthetic Interactions in Virtual Reality. 2017 SIGGRAPH Emerging Technologies. July 30 – August 3. Los Angeles, CA.
- Hamill, S., Peele, B. N., Ferenz, P., Westwater, M., Shepherd, R. F., & Kress-Gazit, H. (2016). Gait Synthesis for Modular Soft Robots. 2016 International Symposium on Experimental Robotics. October 3-6, 2016. Tokyo, Japan.
- Furst, S., Peele, B., & Seelecke, S. (2012). Design and Fabrication of an SMA Actuated Bat. Volume 2: Mechanics and Behavior of Active Materials; Integrated System Design and Implementation; Bio-Inspired Materials and Systems; Energy Harvesting.
- Conference Presentations
- Shepherd, R., Peele, B., Mac Murray, B., Barreiros, J., Shapira, O., Spjut, J., & Luebke, D. (2017). Stretchable Transducers for Kinesthetic Interactions in Virtual Reality. 2017 SIGGRAPH Emerging Technologies. August 3. Los Angeles, CA.
- Peele, B., Mac Murray, B., & Shepherd, R. (2017) Stretchable Transducers for Haptic Communication in Virtual and Augmented Reality. GPU Technology Conference. May 11, 2017. San Jose, CA.
- Peele, B. N. (2015). Printing Organic Sensors and Actuators that are Intrinsically Soft. Materials Research Society Fall Meeting. December 2, 2015. Boston, MA.
- Poster Sessions
- Peele, B. N., Wallin, T. J., & Shepherd, R. F. 3D Printing Antagonistic Systems of Artificial Muscle Using Projection Stereolithography. RoboSoft Plenary Meeting. April 15-16, 2015. Livorno, Italy.
- Peele, B. N., Larson, C., Li, S., Robinson, S., Totaro, M., Beccai, L., Mazzolai, B., & Shepherd, R. Highly Stretchable Electroluminescent Skin for Optical Signaling and Tactile Sensing. Northeast Robotics Colloquium (NERC V). October 29-30, 2016. Ithaca, NY.
- Hamill, S., Peele, B. N., Ferenz, P., Westwater, M., Shepherd, R. F., & Kress-Gazit, H. Gait Synthesis for Modular Soft Robots. Northeast Robotics Colloquium (NERC V). October 29-30, 2016. Ithaca, NY.
Honors & Awards
- Cornell Commercialization Fellowship
- Awarded April 2016 (inaugural class)
- The Commercialization Fellows Program is a unique opportunity for Ph.D. students to spend a fully-funded semester and summer in an intensive entrepreneurship program with a personal mentor to explore commercializing a product of the student’s choosing.
- National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps)
- Awarded December 2016.
- Entrepreneurial Lead, Co-authored grant for $70k to explore commercial potential of academic research.
- Cornell Engineering Funding for Scale-up & Prototyping
- Awarded June 2017
- Grant for $20k to commercialize technology developed at Cornell.
- National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
- Awarded April 2014
- The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines
- Park Scholarship
- Awarded April 2008
- The Park Scholarship is a four-year, merit based scholarship awarded to 40-50 students per year on the basis of outstanding accomplishments and potential in scholarship, leadership, service and character.
- Valedictorian, North Carolina State University
- Class of 2012
- 3D Haptic interface using photonic sensing in poroelastic foams.
- Provisional Patent Application No. 62/444,581.
- Filed January 10, 2017.
- Stretchable electroluminescent devices and methods of making and using same.
- PCT Patent Application No. PCT/US16/60346.
- Filed November 3, 2016.
- Engineer, Holocene Technologies (November 2011 – July 2013)
- Responsible for mechanical and thermal design of solar thermal heating systems for commercial installations.
- Interfaced with clients and contractors to develop system specifications.
- Produced designs for manufacture and oversaw production
- Developed electronic system to control and monitor energy production
- Researcher, ZeMA – Zentrum für Mechatronik und Automatisierungstechnik (Center for Mechatronics and Automation) (May 2011 – December 2011)
- Worked within Dr. Seelecke’s Multifuntional Materials Systems Lab (MMSL).
- Designed Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) actuated mechanical bat designed to mimic motion of tendons in biological bats.
- Resulting 3D printed models are on display at the Natural Science Museum in Raleigh, NC.
- Researcher, University of Hawaii and Manoa (May 2010 – August 2010)
- Used ANSYS Fluent to model the accumulated velocity of shipping containers in tsunami conditions.
- Preliminary results included in an industry newsletter published by Pointwise.
- Researcher, North Carolina State University (January 2010 – May 2010)
- Worked in Dr. Seelecke’s Adaptive Structures Lab (ASL)
- Designed and characterized negative-bias springs (NBS) for coupling with dielectric electro-active polymer (DEAP) actuators.
- Researcher, Southern Methodist University (June 2009 – July 2009)
- Worked in Dr. Kovacavic’s Research Center for Advanced Manufacturing (RCAM).
- Developed mechanical test stand for integrated electron beam/plasma window system.
- Performed FEA analysis to ensure stand could support the requisite 2000 lb of lead needed for protective lead shield.
- CS 6700: Advanced Artificial Intelligence
- CS 5780: Machine Learning
- CS 5643: Physics Based Animation for Computer Graphics
- MAE 6700: Advanced Dynamics
- MAE 5730: Intermediate Dynamics and Vibrations
- MAE 5780: Feedback Control Systems
- MAE 6950: Smart Materials
- MAE 6950: Rheology and Processing of Soft Materials
- CHEME 6400: Polymeric Materials
- MSE 5210: Properties of Solid Polymers
- BME 5950: Business as a Second Language