Faculty Directory

Bruck, Hugh

Bruck, Hugh

Distinguished Scholar-Teacher
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Mechanical Engineering
Maryland Robotics Center
2110 Glenn L. Martin Hall, Building 088



  • Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1994
  • M.S., University of South Carolina, 1989
  • B.S., University of South Carolina, 1988




  • Distinguished Scholar-Teacher , University of Maryland (2016)
  • NSF Promise Oustanding Faculty Mentor (2015)
  • Fellow, Society for Experimental Mechanics (2015)
  • Best Paper Award at ASME Mechanisms & Robotics conference (2010)
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2008)
  • Pi Tau Sigma Faculty Appreciation Award (2007)
  • A. J. Durelli Award, Society for Experimental Mechanics (2006)
  • Fulbright Scholar (2005)
  • ONR Young Investigator Award (2000)
  • Army Summer Faculty Research and Engineering Program (1997)




  • International Advisory Board for the journal Experimental Mechanics
  • Paper reviewer, International Journal of Solids and Structures, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions, AIAA Journal, Journal of Intelligent Materials Systems and Structures, Experimental Mechanics, Optical Engineering
  • NSF Proposal Review Panel on Civil and Mechanical Systems
  • Reviewer, National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship program
  • Chair of Graduate Committee, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland
  • Organizer, “Special Session on Biologically Inspired Materials,” SEM 2001 Annual Conference & Exposition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics, Portland, OR;
  • Secretary, SEM Composites Technical Division
  • Consultant, Army Research Lab, Unistates Technology, Metal Matrix Cast Composites, Inc.


New techniques for rapid manufacturing and characterization of functionally graded, multifunctional, biologically-inspired, and nanocomposite materials Controlled formation of functionally graded and transversely modulated heterophase structures in thin films through diffusion and epitaxial principles Fundamental mechanical characterization and modeling of static and dynamic failure mechanisms in composite materials Development of new nanomechanical and multiscale characterization methods for composite materials and thin films New techniques for manufacturing Point-of-Care microfluidic devices using laminated object manufacturing and laser micromachining New biosensing principles for Point-of-Care microfluidic devices using optical methods and nanocomposite materials Development of multifunctional skins and compliant structures for robotics


  • J. Balsam, Y. Kostov, H.A. Bruck, and A. Rasooly, “"Increasing sensitivity of complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) based fluorescence detection", to appear in Sensors and Actuators B (2012)


  • J.Balsam, M. Ossandon, H.A. Bruck, and A. Rasooly, “Lensless CCD-based Fluorometer using a Micromachined Optical Söller Collimator”, Lab on a Chip, 11, 941-949 (2011).
  • S. Haldar, H. A. Bruck, N. Gheewala, K. J. Grande-Allen, and M.A. Sutton, ”Multi-scale Mechanical Characterization of Palmetto Wood using Digital Image Correlation to Develop a Template for Biologically-inspired Polymer Composites”, Experimental Mechanics, 51, 575 (2011).
  • H. Jin, S.Haldar, W. Lu, and H.A. Bruck, “Grid Method for Microscale Discontinuous Deformation Measurement”, Experimental Mechanics, 51, 565-574 (2011).
  • L. Banks-Sills, Y. Hikri, S. Krylov, V. Fourman, Y. Gerson, and H.A. Bruck, “Measurement of Poisson’s Ratio by Means of a Direct Tension Test on Micron-sized Specimens”, 169, 98-114 Sensors and Actuators: A (2011).
  • H. Jin, W.-Y. Lu, S. Haldar, and H.A. Bruck, “Microscale Characterization of Granular Deformation near a Crack Tip”, Journal of Materials Science, 46, 6596-6602 (2011).
  • W. Bejgerowski, J.W. Gerdes, S.K. Gupta, and H.A. Bruck, “Design and Fabrication of Miniature Compliant Hinges for Multi-material Compliant Mechanisms”, International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 57, 437-452 (2011)
  • A.L. Roytburd, J. Ouyang, B. Boyerinas, and H.A. Bruck, “Stability of Heterophase Nanostructure and Field Induced Response of Epitaxial Ferroelectric Films”, Applied Physics Letters, 99, 172902 (2011).


  • M. Yang, H.A. Bruck, D. Kostov, and A. Rasooly, “Biological Semiconductor Based on Electrical Percolation”, Analytical Chemistry 82, 3567-3572 (2010).
  • M.Yang, S. Sun, H.A. Bruck, A. Rasooly, and Y. Kostov, “Electrical percolation-based biosensor for real-time direct detection of Staphylococcal enterotoxin B (SEB)”, Biosensors and Bioelectronics 25, 2573-2578 (2010).
  • D. Mueller, H.A. Bruck and S.K. Gupta, “Measurement of Thrust and Lift Forces Associated with Drag of Compliant Flapping Wing for Micro Air Vehicles Using a New Test Stand Design”, 50, 725-735 Experimental Mechanics  (2010).
  • A. Ananthanarayanan, S.K. Gupta, and H.A. Bruck, “Characterization of a Reverse Molding Sequence at the Mesoscale for In-mold Assembly of Revolute Joints”, Polymer Engineering and Science, 50, 1843-1852 (2010).
  • M. Yang, S.Sun, H.A. Bruck, D. Kostov, and A. Rasooly, “Lab-on-a-chip for Label Free Biological Semiconductor Assay of Staphylococcal Enterotoxin B”, Lab on a Chip, 10, 2534-2540 (2010).
  • A. Ananthanarayanan, S.K. Gupta, and H.A. Bruck, “Modeling and Characterization to Minimize Effects of Melt Flow Fronts on Premolded Component Deformation during In-Mold Assembly of Mesoscale Revolute Joints”, Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering-Transactions of the ASME, 132, 041006 (2010). (2010).
  • A.L.Gershon, D.P.Cole, A.K.Kota, and H.A. Bruck, “Nanomechanical Characterization of Dispersion and its Effects in Nano-Enhanced Polymers and Polymer Composites”, Journal of Materials Science, 45, 6353-6364 (2010).

Standing with our Asian-American Community

The Clark School community stands united with our Asian, Asian-American and Pacific Islanders colleagues.

Spread Hope: The "Smart Bra"

The "smart bra" is a low-cost wearable device that could conceivably detect breast cancer early enough for treatment.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Bio-Inspired Robotics

The Maryland Robotics Center is hosting a Research Experiences for Undergraduates site this summer.

Bioinspired robotics REU students present final projects

The REU was led by Hugh Bruck and Sarah Bergbreiter, along with Clark School faculty and graduate student mentors.

MRC faculty hosting REU summer program in bioinspired robotics

Ten undergraduate students from throughout the US are conducting research under the guidance of MRC faculty.

Applications now being accepted for summer 2017 bioinspired robotics REU program

Hugh Bruck and Sarah Bergbreiter are leading the NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates program.

Maryland Robotics Center demonstrates robots at Maryland Day 2016

Visitors could interact with a wide variety of robots, and learn how they were made and programmed.

Hugh Bruck named UMD Distinguished Scholar-Teacher

Bruck is a Maryland Robotics Center faculty member.

What an upgrade!

Robo Raven V has propellers, can carry more weight, and sports a grip-and-release claw. 

Students present final projects for 2014 NSF Microrobotics REU

Research ranged from robotic skin to leg designs, inertial tail actuators, and more.

Bruck Named SEM Fellow

Department of Mechanical Engineering Professor Hugh Bruck named SEM Fellow.

Robo Raven appears on 60 Minutes

Segment explores the domestic use of micro air vehicles.

Robo Raven highlighted in children's magazine

Les Explorateurs features cartoon depiction of the MAV.

Robo Raven III harnesses solar power

Multifunctional wings will help robotic birds fly longer, farther and more independently.

Bruck, Smela, Yu receive NSF grant for compliant multifunctional robotic structures

National Robotics Initiative grant will develop a robotic 'nervous system.'

REU in Miniature Robotics holds final project symposium

Nine projects range from wings for MAVs to vision sensors for small robots to small grasping hands.

New Robo Raven video highlights aerobatic moves

Two Robo Raven UAVs demonstrate their versatility and agility in new YouTube video.

Robo Raven flies live on Fox 5 TV

Research team demonstrates breakthrough MAV technology

Pioneering flight of ‘Robo Raven’ is major breakthrough for micro air vehicles

Robotic bird's independently controllable wings makes more realistic flight maneuvers possible.

Miniature Robotics REU students give final presentations

Ten undergrads from around the country give talks on their summer projects.

ISR welcomes 10 REU microbotics students for the summer

Students will develop interdisciplinary research projects in 10-week program.

Gupta, Bruck, Bejgerowski, Gerdes, Wilkerson win ASME Best Paper Award

Research on MAV flapping-wing drive mechanism is cited at Mechanism and Robotics Conference.

Hugh Bruck Promoted to Full Professor

ME professor recognized for scholarly contributions.

  • Society for Experimental Mechanics