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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).

UMD ME Faculty Ranked in Top 2% of Scientists Worldwide

The department is home to some of the most widely-cited researchers in their fields.

Kiger Named Distinguished Scholar-Teacher

Mechanical engineering professor recognized for his achievements in research and pedagogy.

Standing with our Asian-American Community

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

Promoting Diversity and Addressing Unconscious Bias

Clark School Dean Robert Briber states that implicit bias that goes unaddressed is not welcome.

Spread Hope: The "Smart Bra"

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

Bruck Named Clark School Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

Professor brings exceptional experience to his new role.

Feathers Not Included

Ph.D. student Lena Johnson is working on Robo Raven, a bird-inspired unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

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.

2018 ARPA-E Summit to Showcase UMD Innovations

UMD Energy Innovation Technologies dominate

Spotlight on NAVAIR-Funded Research at Maryland

Cooperative agreement between UMD and NAWCAD helps support research projects in Mechanical Engineering.

Maryland Robotics Center Receives NSF Funding for REU Site in Bioinspired Robotics

Applications now being accepted for summer 2017 bioinspired robotics Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program.

Bruck Named a UMD Distinguished Scholar-Teacher

Professor Hugh Bruck named one of six Distinguished Scholar-Teachers for the 2016-2017 school year.

Two Mechanical Engineering Professors Named PROMISE Mentors

Professors Bruck and Herrmann nominated as AGEP PROMISE Outstanding Faculty Mentors.

What an upgrade!

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

UMD Teams Awarded Over $5 Million to Improve Power Plant Cooling Technologies

The U.S. Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) funds two UMD teams to improve power plant cooling efficiency.

DeWALT Donates Tools & Equipment to Mechanical Engineering

DeWALT delivers over $11,500 in tools to the Department of Mechanical Engineering

Fourney and Sanford Recognized at Annual SEM Meeting

Associate Dean William Fourney and Professor Emeritus R. J. Sanford receive awards at annual SEM meeting.

Bruck Named SEM Fellow

Department of Mechanical Engineering Professor Hugh Bruck named SEM Fellow.

ME Alumnus Publishes Work on New Breakthrough in Hydrogen Energy Storage

Epitaxial control of nanostructure formation in Pd films during hydrogenation may lead to breakthroughs for materials used in renewable energy applications.

Hahn Receives 2014 ONR YIP Award

Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Jin-Oh Hahn receives Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program award.

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.

Three Mechanical Engineering Students Receive NASA Fellowships

Herzberger, Scammel, and Saurbrunn receive NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships.

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.

Fourney Selected to Receive 2014 Frocht Award

Associate dean and Keystone professor to be honored with Society for Experimental Mechanics award.

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.

Tomoki Umetsu is 17th ISR visiting scientist from Toshiba

He will work with Hugh Bruck on determining the real contact area for materials.

Miniature Robotics REU students give final presentations

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

Sandip Haldar wins George R. Irwin Travel Award

Ph.D. student will present research at CA conference in June.

ISR welcomes 10 REU microbotics students for the summer

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

Department of Mechanical Engineering hosts 2012 Northeast SEM Graduate Student Symposium

Department revitalizes regional conference on hiatus since the 1990s.

Six ME Students Chosen For Participation in Future Faculty Program

Doctoral students recognized for potential to contribute as engineering educators.

Bruck Appointed Associate Chair for Academic Affairs

ME Professor and Director of Graduate Studies hopes to strengthen connections between graduate and undergraduate education.

New 3D-Printed Plastic Heat Exchanger Shows Complex Geometries Are Possible from Additive Manufacturing

Clark School engineers work with Stratasys to utilize fused deposition modeling technology in new application.

Zheng Jia receives Haythornwaite Foundation Travel Award

Zheng Jia, ME Ph.D. student in Prof. Teng Li's group, recently received the Haythornthwaite Travel Award from ASME.

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.

Hugh Bruck Appointed Director of Graduate Studies

ME professor to head graduate studies effective July 1.

Dr. Hugh Bruck Earns ASME Fellow Distinction

Dr. Bruck has been elevated to the status of Fellow within the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Engineering Curriculum Development Recognized by NSF and IOP

Program funds and institute journal supports nanotech and bio-inspired design curriculum.

Pi Tau Sigma Recognizes Best Faculty, TA for Fall 2007

Mechanical engineering honor society awards outstanding educators of the year.

NSF Boosts Nanotech Curriculum

MSE, ME faculty and staff develop new lessons, teaching lab.

ME Graduate Student Wins Competitive Campus GRID Award

Arun Kota's research develops improved polymer-carbon nanotube composites.

Mechanical Engineering Alumni in the News

ME Faculty alumni making the spotlight.

Associate Professor Hugh Bruck Receives Innovative Research Award

Associate Professor of ME Hugh Bruck recently received the 2006 A.J. Durelli Award by the Society for Experimental Mechanics.

Bruck Presents Nanotech Course at ASME Nanotech Bootcamp

ASME Nano Training Bootcamp held July 12-15.

Hugh Bruck Awarded Fulbright Scholarship at Tel Aviv University

Associate Professor Hugh A. Bruck was granted a Fulbright Scholar award in the 2005-2006 academic year.

MIPS Program, Maryland Companies Award Funds to ME Faculty To Develop Technology-Based Products

Nearly $700K of that amount was awarded to ME faculty MIPS projects, detailed below.

U.S. – India Science, Engineering and Technology Collaboration Initiative Meeting at College Park Campus

The main focus of the meeting is to explore possibilities of US-India collaboration in research.


Numerous outstanding faculty awards and accomplishments in the Department of ME announced.


ME department welcomes Dr. Yasser Shabana as a Fullbright Scholar for the remainder of 2004.

Industrial College of the Armed Forces Students Visit

The students were hosted by Assoc. Prof. Jeffrey Herrmann and were welcomed by Department Chairman Avram Bar-Cohen.

Assistant Professor Hugh Bruck Appointed Associate Technical Editor for Experiemental Mechanics

Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Hugh Bruck was recently appointed as an Associate Technical Editor for the journal Experimental Mechanics.

Other professional society fellows

  • Society for Experimental Mechanics

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)