Faculty Profile

Aimy Wissa

Mechanical Science and Engineering
Aimy Wissa
Aimy Wissa
Assistant Professor
226 Mechanical Engineering Bldg
1206 W. Green
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 244-4193

Education

  •  Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland 2014
  •  M.S. Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland 2010
  •  B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Pennsylvania State University 2008

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor (August 2015-present) Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor(August 2014-August 2015) Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Visiting Scholar (August 2014-August 2015) Department of Mechanical Engineering Stanford University- Biomimetics and Dexterous Manipulation Laboratory￿
  • Graduate Research Assistant (January 2009-August 2014) Department of Aerospace Engineering￿ University of Maryland- Morpheus Laboratory ￿

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Research Interests

  • Experimental evaluation and free flight testing of flapping-wing UAVs
  • Flapping-Wing Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) Structural Dynamics, Design and Fabrication
  • Multi-functional and passively morphing structures
  • Aeroelastic Stability of Adaptive Structures
  • Bio-inspired mechanisms and robotics

Selected Articles in Journals

  • Wissa, A., Y. Tummala, J. E. Hubbard, Jr., and M. Frecker, "Passively Morphing Ornithopter Wings using a Novel Compliant Spine: Design and Testing," Smart Materials and Structures (2012) 21 094028.
  • Tummala, Y., M. Frecker, A. Wissa, and J.E. Hubbard, Jr.,(invited), "Design and optimization of a bend-and-sweep compliant mechanism," Smart Materials and Structures (2013) 22￿094019.
  • Tummala, Y., A. Wissa, M. Frecker, and J. E. Hubbard, Jr., "Design and optimization of a contact aided compliant mechanism for passive bending,￿ Journal of Mechanics and Robotics (2014) 6 031013.
  • Tummala, Y., M. Frecker, A. Wissa, and J. E Hubbard, Jr., "Design optimization of a twist compliant mechanism with nonlinear stiffness," Smart Materials and Structures (2014) 23 104011.
  • Wissa, A., J. Grauer, N. Guerreiro, Y. Tummala, C. Altenbuchner, J.E. Hubbard, Jr., M. Frecker, and R. Roberts, "Free Flight Testing and Performance Evaluation of a Passively Morphing Ornithopter," International Journal of MAVs (2015) 7(1):21-40.
  • Wissa, A., J. Calogero, N. Wereley, J. E. Hubbard, Jr., and M. Frecker, "Analytical Model and Stability Analysis of the Leading Edge Spar of a Passively Morphing Ornithopter Wing," Bioinspiration & Biomimetics (2015) 10 065003.

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • Waite, J., C. Duan, G. Reich, and A. Wissa "Computational Model for Application of Avian Covert Feathers to Aerial Vehicles," International Conference of Adaptive Structures and Technologies 2016, Bolton Landing, NY.
  • Mandadzhiev, B., M. Lynch, L. Chamorro, and A. Wissa "Alula-inspired Leading Edge Device for Low Reynolds Number Flight," Proc. Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems Conf. 2016-9210, Stowe, VT.
  • Pagano, A., B. Leung, T. Yan, B. Chien, A. Wissa, and S. Tawfick "Multi-Stable Origami Structure for Crawling Locomotion," Proc. Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems Conf. 2016-9071, Stowe, VT.
  • Hasnain, Z., J. Hubbard Jr., J. Calogero, M. Frecker, and A. Wissa, "Understanding the Relationship Between Pitch Agility and Propulsive Aerodynamic Forces in bio-inspired Flapping Wing Vehicles,￿ Proc. Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures, and Intelligent Systems Conference, 2015-8835, Denver, CO.
  • Wissa, A., K. Han, and M. Cutkosky, "Wings of a Feather Stick Together: morphing wings with barbule-inspired latching," Proceedings of 4th International Conference on Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems, 2015, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Hasnain, Z., J. Hubbard Jr., and A. Wissa, "Analyzing the Pitch Agility of an Ornithopter Undergoing Passive Compliant Element Induced Shape Change," Proceedings of 33rd AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference, 2015, Dallas, TX.
  • Wissa, A., J. Calogero, and J. Hubbard, Jr., "Stability Analysis of the wing leading edge spar of a passively morphing ornithopter," Proc. Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures, and Intelligent Systems Conf. 2014-7528, Newport, RI.
  • Wissa, A., Y. Tummala, J. E. Hubbard, Jr., M. Frecker, and M. Northrup, ￿Inertial effects due to passive wing morphing in ornithopters,￿ Proceedings of 22nd AIAA/ASME/AHS Adaptive Structures Conference, 2014, National Harbor, MD.
  • Tummala, Y., M. Frecker, A. Wissa, and J. E. Hubbard, Jr., "Design optimization of twist compliant mechanism," Proceedings of Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems Conference, 2013, Snowbird, UT.
  • Wissa, A., N. Guerreiro, J. Grauer, J. E. Hubbard, Jr., C. Altenbuchner, Y. Tummala, M. Frecker, and R. Roberts, "Flight testing of novel compliant spines for passive wing morphing on ornithopters," Proc. 21st Adaptive Structures Conference, 2013, Boston, MA.
  • Tummala, Y., M. Frecker, A. Wissa, and J. E. Hubbard, Jr., "Design and optimization of bend-and-sweep compliant mechanism," Proceedings of International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, 2013-12338, Portland, OR.
  • Altenbuchner, C., J. E. Hubbard Jr., and A. Wissa, "Free flight validation of a flexible multi-body structural dynamics of a bio-inspired ornithopters," Proc. 51st Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 2013-1157, Grape Vine, TX.
  • Tummala, Y., M. Frecker, A. Wissa, and J. E. Hubbard, Jr., "Design of bend-and-sweep compliant mechanism for passive shape change," Proc. Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems Conf. 2012-7996, Stone Mountain, GA.
  • Wissa, A., Y. Tummala, J. E. Hubbard, Jr., M. Frecker, and A. Brown, "Testing of novel compliant spines for passive wing morphing," Proc. Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems Conf. 2011-5198, Scottsdale, AZ.
  • Tummala, Y., A. Wissa, M. Frecker, and J. E. Hubbard, Jr., " Design optimization of a compliant spine for dynamic applications," Proc. Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems Conf. 2011-5207, Scottsdale, AZ.
  • Tummala, Y., A. Wissa, M. Frecker, and J. E. Hubbard, Jr., "Design of a passively morphing ornithopter wing using a novel compliant spine," Proc. Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems Conf. 2010-3637, Philadelphia, PA.

Other Publications

  • Wissa, A. and G. Lesieutre, ￿Damage Detection in Aluminum Plates using the Electro-Mechanical Impedance Method,￿ The Penn State McNair Journal, vol. 14, no. 1, 2007, pp. 168-184.

Research Honors

  • Wolk Award for Best Senior Thesis in Aerospace Engineering (12/2008)
  • L3 fellowship finalist, University of Maryland (4/2011)
  • McNair Scholar (2007-Present)