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Bruck, Hugh

Hugh Bruck
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Department of Mechanical Engineering
2110 Glenn L. Martin Hall, Building 088
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Research Interests 

  • 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


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

Honors and Awards 

  • 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)
  • ONR Young Investigator Award (2000)
  • Army Summer Faculty Research and Engineering Program (1997)

Professional Memberships and Service 

  • 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.

Selected Publications 


  • 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).

Related News 

Feathers Not Included
Ph.D. student Lena Johnson is working on Robo Raven, a bird-inspired unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). September 17, 2018

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. August 15, 2018

Spotlight on NAVAIR-Funded Research at Maryland
Cooperative agreement between UMD and NAWCAD helps support research projects in Mechanical Engineering. March 16, 2017

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. November 15, 2016

Bruck Named a UMD Distinguished Scholar-Teacher
Professor Hugh Bruck named one of six Distinguished Scholar-Teachers for the 2016-2017 school year. April 4, 2016

Two Mechanical Engineering Professors Named PROMISE Mentors
Professors Bruck and Herrmann nominated as AGEP PROMISE Outstanding Faculty Mentors. September 3, 2015

What an upgrade!
Robo Raven V has propellers, can carry more weight, and sports a grip-and-release claw.  July 31, 2015

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. May 21, 2015

DeWALT Donates Tools & Equipment to Mechanical Engineering
DeWALT delivers over $11,500 in tools to the Department of Mechanical Engineering February 11, 2015

Fourney and Sanford Recognized at Annual SEM Meeting
Associate Dean William Fourney and Professor Emeritus R. J. Sanford receive awards at annual SEM meeting. July 18, 2014

Bruck Named SEM Fellow
Department of Mechanical Engineering Professor Hugh Bruck named SEM Fellow. June 25, 2014

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. June 3, 2014

Hahn Receives 2014 ONR YIP Award
Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Jin-Oh Hahn receives Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program award. May 13, 2014

Robo Raven appears on 60 Minutes
Segment explores the domestic use of micro air vehicles. March 19, 2014

Robo Raven highlighted in children's magazine
Les Explorateurs features cartoon depiction of the MAV. November 25, 2013

Robo Raven III harnesses solar power
Multifunctional wings will help robotic birds fly longer, farther and more independently. September 30, 2013

Three Mechanical Engineering Students Receive NASA Fellowships
Herzberger, Scammel, and Saurbrunn receive NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships. September 24, 2013

Bruck, Smela, Yu receive NSF grant for compliant multifunctional robotic structures
National Robotics Initiative grant will develop a robotic 'nervous system.' September 3, 2013

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. August 14, 2013

Fourney Selected to Receive 2014 Frocht Award
Associate dean and Keystone professor to be honored with Society for Experimental Mechanics award. July 1, 2013

Robo Raven flies live on Fox 5 TV
Research team demonstrates breakthrough MAV technology June 21, 2013

Pioneering flight of ‘Robo Raven’ is major breakthrough for micro air vehicles
Robotic bird's independently controllable wings makes more realistic flight maneuvers possible. April 30, 2013

Tomoki Umetsu is 17th ISR visiting scientist from Toshiba
He will work with Hugh Bruck on determining the real contact area for materials. October 19, 2012

Mechanical Engineering Graduate Students Win Travel Grants to 2012 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Conference and Exposition
Sandip Haldar and Haijun Liu won the grants based on research projects. October 8, 2012

Miniature Robotics REU students give final presentations
Ten undergrads from around the country give talks on their summer projects. August 10, 2012

Sandip Haldar wins George R. Irwin Travel Award
Ph.D. student will present research at CA conference in June. June 5, 2012

ISR welcomes 10 REU microbotics students for the summer
Students will develop interdisciplinary research projects in 10-week program. June 4, 2012

Department of Mechanical Engineering hosts 2012 Northeast SEM Graduate Student Symposium
Department revitalizes regional conference on hiatus since the 1990s. April 12, 2012

Six ME Students Chosen For Participation in Future Faculty Program
Doctoral students recognized for potential to contribute as engineering educators. February 13, 2012

Bruck Appointed Associate Chair for Academic Affairs
ME Professor and Director of Graduate Studies hopes to strengthen connections between graduate and undergraduate education. February 9, 2012

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. January 23, 2012

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. October 21, 2011

Gupta, Bruck, Bejgerowski, Gerdes, Wilkerson win ASME Best Paper Award
Research on MAV flapping-wing drive mechanism is cited at Mechanism and Robotics Conference. August 25, 2010

Hugh Bruck Promoted to Full Professor
ME professor recognized for scholarly contributions. June 23, 2010

Hugh Bruck Appointed Director of Graduate Studies
ME professor to head graduate studies effective July 1. June 10, 2010

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). September 30, 2008

Engineering Curriculum Development Recognized by NSF and IOP
Program funds and institute journal supports nanotech and bio-inspired design curriculum. January 4, 2008

Pi Tau Sigma Recognizes Best Faculty, TA for Fall 2007
Mechanical engineering honor society awards outstanding educators of the year. December 3, 2007

NSF Boosts Nanotech Curriculum
MSE, ME faculty and staff develop new lessons, teaching lab. November 1, 2007

ME Graduate Student Wins Competitive Campus GRID Award
Arun Kota's research develops improved polymer-carbon nanotube composites. April 26, 2007

Mechanical Engineering Alumni in the News
ME Faculty alumni making the spotlight. February 15, 2006

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. November 15, 2005

Bruck Presents Nanotech Course at ASME Nanotech Bootcamp
ASME Nano Training Bootcamp held July 12-15. July 15, 2005

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. March 15, 2005

Numerous outstanding faculty awards and accomplishments in the Department of ME announced. April 15, 2004

ME department welcomes Dr. Yasser Shabana as a Fullbright Scholar for the remainder of 2004. March 15, 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. May 1, 2002

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. July 5, 2001