University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering


PHOTOS: Rockwell Lecture "Soft Materials and Soft Machines"


Melanie Ziems

The second installment of this semester’s Rockwell Distinguished Lecture Series last Friday was a packed-house event. “Soft Materials and Soft Machines” was presented by Harvard’s Zhighang Suo, Allen E. and Marilyn M. Puckett Professor of Mechanics and Materials.

Suo’s talk explored the comparison between soft and hard materials in machines. In the current engineering climate, machines are made from primarily hard materials. In nature, however, machines are mostly made from soft materials, as soft materials are more able to take on various forms for different functions.

Check out the pictures from Suo’s lecture here.


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