Innovation Fellow Alumni
MIHAI "MISHU" DUDUTA, PhD (2019-2020)
Mihai "Mishu" Duduta was born and raised in Suceava, Romania. He moved to the US to attend Bard College in upstate New York. After two years he transferred to MIT where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering. During his time at MIT, he co-invented a novel type of semi-solid flow battery. The project became a start-up company, 24M Technologies, which he joined as their first employee. After four years at 24M, Mishu became interested in robotics, and decided to pursue a PhD in the field.
Mishu completed his PhD at Harvard University, in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. His advisors were Robert Wood and David Clarke, and his thesis focused on novel materials as dielectric elastomer actuators (DEAs) for soft robotic devices. The technology he developed during his PhD became the focus of a collaboration with Facebook to build soft wearable haptic devices. His work on autonomous robots powered by DEAs was nominated for best paper at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, and he won the Gold Award at the Materials Research Society Fall Meeting for the work on novel DEA materials.
Mishu is interested in medical robotics, as well as wearable and assistive technologies.
In his spare time, Mishu enjoys running, hiking, biking and traveling.
(Last Updated July 2019)