Edmon Perkins

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Perkins joined the faculty at NC State in 2020 after spending four years as an assistant professor at Auburn University. Dr. Perkins’ research is focused on nonlinear dynamics, stochastic dynamics, information dynamics, robotics, and vibrations. Dr. Perkins received the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (2019) and the DARPA Young Faculty Award (2020).

Outside of work, Dr. Perkins enjoys playing the piano, biking, and reading


Ph.D. 2015

Mechanical Engineering

University of Maryland-College Park

Master of Science 2008


University of Oklahoma

Bachelor of Science 2006


University of Oklahoma

Research Description

There are several on-going research projects in our lab. 1) We are working on topology optimization methods to engineer nonlinearities into continuous systems to enhance their dynamics in the presence of noise. 2) By fabricating biomimetic robots, we want to study the role of reservoir computing in the control of biological systems. 3) Adaptive oscillators are a type of nonlinear oscillator that can encode information in its states. We want to exploit this phenomenon to create smart systems. 4) To promote undergraduate research and engagement with the public, the lab also has a music-focused research track to explore the nonlinear vibrations of musical instruments.

Honors and Awards

  • DARPA Young Faculty Award, 2020
  • Mark A. Spencer Creative Mentorship Award, 2020
  • Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, 2019
  • Sloan Scholars Mentoring Network Seed Grant, 2019
  • AFOSR Air Force Summer Faculty Fellow, 2019
  • ASME’s Haythornthwaite Research Initiation Grant, 2017
  • Ford Foundation Fellow, 2011
  • Sloan Minority PhD Program Scholar, 2010
  • Choctaw Nation for Higher Education Scholar, 2001


A Hopf physical reservoir computer
Ul Shougat, M. R. E., Li, X. F., Mollik, T., & Perkins, E. (2021), SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 9. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-98982-x
A four-state adaptive Hopf oscillator
Li, X. F., Ul Shougat, M. R. E., Kennedy, S., Fendley, C., Dean, R. N., Beal, A. N., & Perkins, E. (2021), PLOS ONE, 3. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0249131
An Information Theoretic Study of a Duffing Oscillator Array Reservoir Computer
Ul Shougat, M. R. E., Li, X. F., Mollik, T., & Perkins, E. (2021), JOURNAL OF COMPUTATIONAL AND NONLINEAR DYNAMICS, 8. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4051270
Flexible Tensegrity Reservoir Computing Robots
Perkins, E. (2021). , . Presented at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Young Faculty Award Virtual Poster Exhibition.
Local dynamic stability of the lower-limb as a means of post-hoc injury classification
Larson, J., Perkins, E., Oldfather, T., & Zabala, M. (2021), PLOS ONE, 6. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0252839
Nonlinear vibratory properties of additive manufactured continuous carbon fiber reinforced polymer composites
Zhao, J., Perkins, E., Li, X. F., Bond, A., & Marghitu, D. (2021, August 4), INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ADVANCED MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY, Vol. 8. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00170-021-07456-x
Stochastic effects on a Hopf adaptive frequency oscillator
Li, X. F., Shougat, M. R. E. U., Mollik, T., Beal, A. N., Dean, R. N., & Perkins, E. (2021), JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS, 6. https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0050819
3D Printed MEMS-Scale Vibration Isolators
Bond, A., Bottenfield, B. D., Dean, R. N., Adams, M. L., Zhao, J., Li, X. F., … Perkins, E. (2020), Volume 7A: Dynamics, Vibration, and Control. Presented at the ASME 2020 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition. https://doi.org/10.1115/imece2020-24357
A Neural NARX Network Controller for a Pneumatic Artificial Muscle Driven Translational System
Mollik, T., & Perkins, E. (2020). , . Presented at the IMECE 2020: American Society of Mechanical Engineers International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition.
Additively Manufactured 2D Truss Demonstration"
Crifasi, D., Roy, C., & Perkins, E. (2020). , . Presented at the 2020 American Society for Engineering Education Southeast Section Conference, Auburn, AL.

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ONR Young Investigator Award
US Navy-Office Of Naval Research(8/16/20 - 1/31/22)
Flexible Reservoir Computing Tensegrity Robots
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)(9/20/20 - 9/19/22)