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Bruck, Hugh

Bruck, Hugh

Professor and Associate Chair
Director of Graduate Studies
Fischell Department of Bioengineering
Mechanical Engineering
2174 Glenn L. Martin Hall


Ph.D.,California Institute of Technology, 1994

Polymer processing, particulate material processing, thin film processing, finite element modeling of, and mathematical techniques for optimizing the design of functionally graded and multifunctional materials; processing of nanocomposites, smart materials, and biologically inspired heterogeneous structures.

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.