It's a fish! It's a bird! No…it's a robot. Inspired by nature, mechanical engineer at Michigan Tech Nina Mahmoudian is getting underwater robots to move together. Not only could they travel more easily, but battery charging could be more efficient, too. Charging a robot is the biggest obstacle to underwater missions. That's why Mahmoudian, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has grants from both a National Science Foundation CAREER Award and the Young Investigator Program from the Office of Naval Research to develop strategies to address the problem and advance the system. In a nutshell, here's what she's doing.
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