Matthew Bryant

Associate Professor

Director of iSSRL: Intelligent Structures and Systems Research Lab
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Dr. Bryant is interested in a multidisciplinary approach that combines smart materials, dynamical systems, and fluid-structure interaction phenomena to create novel systems for energy harvesting, sensing, and actuation.

In addition to research and teaching, Dr. Bryant enjoys outdoor activities including fishing, hiking, kayaking, and nature photography.


Ph.D. 2012

Mechanical Engineering

Cornell University

M.S. 2011

Mechanical Engineering

Cornell University

B.S. 2007

Mechanical Engineering

Bucknell University

Research Description

Dr. Bryant's research seeks novel solutions and new devices that contribute to the advancement of emerging technologies in areas including ambient energy harvesting, fluid-structure interaction, and robot actuation and mobility. His work emphasizes a multi-disciplinary approach and encompasses both experimental and theoretical investigations. Of particular interest are applications that incorporate smart or adaptive materials and structures, as well as be bio-inspired designs. He is currently working on (1) energy harvesting from piezoelectric structures that driven by fluid-induced vibration or flutter instabilities, (2) aerodynamics of flapping and oscillating wings, (3) development of self-powered sensing/actuation systems, and (4) bio-inspired artificial muscles for robotics and prostheses. At the graduate level, Dr. Bryant plans to teach a course in smart materials systems. This course will introduce students to modeling, analysis, design, and applications of smart materials systems with applications to piezoelectrics, shape memory alloys, and electroactive polymers.


Finite wing lift during water-to-air transition
Weisler, W. A., Waghela, R., Granlund, K., & Bryant, M. (2021), PHYSICAL REVIEW FLUIDS.
Modeling of Resistive Forces and Buckling Behavior in Variable Recruitment Fluidic Artificial Muscle Bundles
Kim, J. Y., Mazzoleni, N., & Bryant, M. (2021), ACTUATORS, 10(3).
Theoretical and experimental investigation of an unsteady airfoil in the presence of external flow disturbances
SureshBabu, A. V., Medina, A., Rockwood, M., Bryant, M., & Gopalarathnam, A. (2021), JOURNAL OF FLUID MECHANICS.
Aeroelastic inverse: Estimation of aerodynamic loads during large amplitude limit cycle oscillations
Kirschmeier, B., Pash, G., Gianikos, Z., Medina, A., Gopalarathnam, A., & Bryant, M. (2020), JOURNAL OF FLUIDS AND STRUCTURES, 98.
Amplitude Annihilation in Wake-Influenced Aeroelastic Limit-Cycle Oscillations
Kirschmeier, B. A., Gianikos, Z., Gopalarathnam, A., & Bryant, M. (2020), AIAA JOURNAL, 58(9), 4117–4127.
Design and testing of a centrifugal fluidic device for populating microarrays of spheroid cancer cell cultures
Weisler, W., Miller, S., Jernigan, S., Buckner, G., & Bryant, M. (2020), JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING, 14(1).
Dynamic Modeling for Bi-Modal, Rotary Wing, Rolling-Flying Vehicles
Dynamic Modeling of Passively Draining Structures for Aerial-Aquatic Unmanned Vehicles
Stewart, W., Weisler, W., Anderson, M., Bryant, M., & Peters, K. (2020), IEEE JOURNAL OF OCEANIC ENGINEERING, 45(3), 840–850.
Energetic analysis and optimization of a bi-modal rolling-flying vehicle
Atay, S., Jenkins, T., Buckner, G., & Bryant, M. (2020), INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INTELLIGENT ROBOTICS AND APPLICATIONS, 4(1), 3–20.
Limit cycle characterization of an aeroelastic wing in a bluff body wake
Gianikos, Z. N., Kirschmeier, B. A., Gopalarathnam, A., & Bryant, M. (2020), JOURNAL OF FLUIDS AND STRUCTURES, 95(0).

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Control of Aeroelastic Structures via Prescribed Aerodynamic Disturbances
(7/01/20 - 6/30/23)
Mobile UAS Mothership for Subterranean Mapping and Monitoring
(1/14/19 - 2/14/21)
CAREER: Muscle-Inspired Load-Adaptive Actuation for Compliant Robotics
(5/01/19 - 4/30/24)
Autonomous Sensing Platforms for Subterranean Mapping and Monitoring
(4/01/18 - 2/28/19)
Design, Fabrication and Testing of Smart Material Carrier Basket Arrays (smCBAs) for Automated Analysis of 3D Cell Cultures
(5/04/18 - 10/31/18)
Aerodynamic and Aeroelastic Behavior of Wings in the Presence of Upstream Vortical and Viscous Disturbances
(7/01/17 - 6/30/21)
Aerodynamic Forces on Slender Body in Supersonic Cavity
(7/09/16 - 9/30/19)
Vortex-Enhanced Flow Energy Extraction through Wake Interactions
(7/01/15 - 6/30/16)
Control Approach Development for Variable Recruitment Artificial Muscles
(1/01/15 - 8/31/15)
(8/01/15 - 7/31/19)