H O P K I N S

H O P K I N S

J O N A T H A N

H O P K I N S

Jonathan Hopkins is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is the director of the Flexible Research Group and conducts research toward enabling the design and fabrication of advanced flexible structures, mechanisms, and materials. In May of 2016, Jonathan received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) at the White House for his work in this area. PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Jonathan also received ASME's prestigious Freudenstein/General Motors Young Investigator Award, UCLA's Watanabe Excellence in Research Award, and the Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award. He is also the creator and host of the educational YouTube channel, "The FACTs of Mechanical Design."

Prior to his joining the faculty at UCLA in 2013, Jonathan was a postdoctoral researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory from 2010 to 2013 where he conducted research toward enabling the design and fabrication of compliant microarchitectured materials that exhibit naturally unobtainable combinations of mechanical properties via the deformation of their constituent flexible elements. He received his Ph.D. (2010), Master’s (2007), and Bachelor’s (2005) degrees all in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he created a new design approach for synthesizing compliant systems called Freedom, Actuation, and Constraint Topologies (FACT). Professional engineers and professors now teach his FACT approach in conferences, tutorials, industry, and in graduate-level courses at universities around the world as one of the leading approaches for designing flexible structures, mechanisms, and materials. During his graduate studies at MIT, Jonathan worked as a visiting scholar at Brigham Young University in the Compliant Mechanisms Research Group (summer 2008) and as an intern at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (summer 2006).

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