Zack Woodruff

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Ph. D. student

Tech B230


My current research is in the area of motion planning and control for robotic manipulation of objects while accounting for dynamic. I am focusing on hybrid systems that make and break contact with their environment.  My undergraduate research spanned the areas of harnessing waste heat from computers for use in buildings and characterizing the power production of wind turbines.


MS Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University (2016)

BS Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame (2013)


ME333: Introduction to Mechatronics, Winter 2015


ME449: Robotic Manipulation, Fall 2014


Volunteer teacher for Northwestern Splash education program 

  • Rise of Robotics: April 2014
  • The Science of Sound in Nature, Engineering, and Art: April 2017