Hi, My name is Nick Kohut. I’m currently a postdoc at Stanford University in Mark Cutkosky’s Biomimetics and Dextrous Manipulation Laboratory, working on a variable stiffness suspension element for humanoid robotics. I received my Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, in Ron Fearing’s Biomimetic Millisystems Lab, developing small legged robots. My research focused on the development of an active tail to enable high speed turning. In the past, I also did research on centimeter scale robots, and using GPS and traffic information to improve fuel economy. I’m a co-founder and CEO of Dash Robotics Inc., aiming to bring low cost, fun origami robots to people everywhere. Finally, I like to go outside and climb, hike, and camp.
Before coming to Berkeley to work on my Master’s and PhD, I received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While I was there I spent a lot of time working on the Formula SAE team, developing the steering system for our car Junior year and then working on the suspension team and heading up the vehicle dynamics development Senior year. I also led the Presentation team and was President of the Society of Automotive Engineers. Before college, I grew up in lovely Springfield, Illinois.
You can contact me at kohut7 at gmail dot com.