Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio

John J. Lee Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
Room / Office: Mason M3
Office Address:
9 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 208286
New Haven, CT 06520
  • Ph.D., Harvard University
  • M.S., University of California, Berkeley
  • B.S., Johns Hopkins University


  • Soft robotics
  • Stretchable electronics
  • Responsive material actuators
  • Soft material manufacturing
  • Soft-bodied control

Selected Awards & Honors:

  • ONR Young Investigator (YIP) Award Recipient, 2017
  • AFOSR Young Investigator (YIP) Award Recipient, 2016
  • Forbes 30 under 30 list, 2015
  • NSF Early Career (CAREER) Award Recipient, 2015
  • NASA Early Career (ECF) Award Recipient, 2014
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Recipient, 2007

Representative Projects:

  • "Active Elastic Skins for Soft Robotics", supported by NASA
  • "Understanding the Printability of Liquid Metal Dispersions for Additive Manufacturing", supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • "Soft Robotics to Broaden the STEM Pipeline", supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • "Robotic Fabrics: Multifunctional Fabrics for Reconfigurable and Wearable Soft Systems", supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
  • "Morphing Limbs with Distributed Actuation, Sensing and Variable Stiffness for Turtle- and Tortoise-Inspired Amphibious Locomotion", supported by the Office of Naval Research (ONR)
  • "Soft Robotic Manipulators with Enhanced Perception using Multimodal Sensory Skins", supported by NASA
  • "Intelligent Activewear: Computer-Aided Proprioception for Posture and Performance Enhancement", supported by Intel Corp
  • "SENSE: Soft Elastomer Networks for State Estimation", supported by DARPA