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Mary Frecker

Professor

Affiliation(s):

  • Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering

326 Leonhard Building

mxf36@psu.edu

814-865-1617

Personal or Departmental Website

Research Areas:

Biomechanics and Bioengineering, Design & Manufacturing, Mechanical Sciences

Interest Areas:

Optimal design, compliant mechanisms, smart structures, medical device design

 
 

 

Education

  • BME, Mechanical Engineering, University of Dayton, 1991
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1994
  • Ph D, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1997

Publications

Book, Chapters

  • Mary I Frecker, 2012, Synthesis through topology optimization, John Wiley & Sons
  • N. Goulborne, E. Mockensturm and Mary I Frecker, 2008, Modeling of dielectric elastomer membranes, Elsevier, pp. Ch. 19, 177-188
  • G. K. Ananthasuresh and Mary I Frecker, 2001, Optimal synthesis of compliant mechanisms with continuum models, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., pp. Ch. 9

Parts of Book

  • Mary I Frecker and A. Snyder, 2005, Multifunctional end effectors for robotic surgery, pp. 165-169

Journal Articles

  • Landen Bowen, Kara Springsteen, Saad Ahmed, Erika Arrojado, Mary I Frecker, Timothy W Simpson and Zoubeida Ounaies, 2017, "Design Fabrication and Modeling of an Electric-Magnetic Self-Folding Sheet", ASME Journal of Mechanisms & Robotics, 9
  • L Bowen, K Springsteen, Mary I Frecker and Timothy W Simpson, 2016, "Trade space exploration of magnetically actuated origami mechanisms", ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, 8, (3)
  • J Calogero, Mary I Frecker, Z Hasnain and J Hubbard, 2016, "A Dynamic Spar Numerical Model for passive shape change", Smart Materials and Structures, 25
  • A. A. Wissa, J. Grauer, N. Guerreiro, J. E. Hubbard, C. Altenbuchner, Y. Tummala, Mary I Frecker and R. Roberts, 2015, "Free flight testing and performance evaluation of a passively morphing ornithopter", International Journal of Micro Air Vehicles, 7, (1)
  • L. Bowen, K. Springsteen, H. Feldstein, Mary I Frecker, Timothy W Simpson and Paris Von Lockette, 2015, "Development and validation of a dynamic model of magneto active elastomer actuation of the origami waterbomb base", ASME Journal of Mechanisms & Robotics, 7, pp. 1010-1020
  • A. Wissa, J. Calogero, N. Wereley, Mary I Frecker and J Hubbard, 2015, "Analytical model and stability analysis of the leading edge spar of a passively morphing ornithopter wing", Bioinspiration & Biomimetics Journal, 10
  • A. Crivaro, R. Sheridan, Mary I Frecker, Timothy W Simpson and Paris Von Lockette, 2015, "Bi-stable snap-through compliant mechanism using magneto active elastomer actuation", Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures
  • Y. Tummala, A. A. Wissa, Mary I Frecker and J. E. Hubbard, 2014, "Design and optimization of a contact-aided compliant mechanism for passive bending", ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, 6, (3), pp. 031013-031013-9
  • S. Ahmed, Z. Ounaies and Mary I Frecker, 2014, "Investigating the performance and properties of dielectric elastomer actuators as a potential means to actuate origami structures", Smart Materials and Structures, 23
  • K. McGough, S. Ahmed, Mary I Frecker and Z. Ounaies, 2014, "Finite element analysis and validation of dielectric elastomer actuators used for active origami", Smart Materials and Structures, 23
  • Y. Tummala, Mary I Frecker, A. Wissa and J. Hubbard, 2013, "Design and optimization of a bend-and-sweep compliant mechanism", Smart Materials and Structures, 22
  • J. Liu, B. Hall, Mary I Frecker and E. Reutzel, 2012, "Compliant articulation structure using superelastic NiTiNOL", Smart Materials and Structures, 22
  • X. Zhang, T. Simpson, Mary I Frecker and G. Lesieutre, 2012, "Supporting knowledge exploration and discovery in multi-dimensional data with interactive multiscale visualization", Journal of Engineering Design, 23, (1), pp. 23-47
  • V.* Mehta, Mary I Frecker and G. Lesieutre, 2012, "Two-step design of multi-contact-aided cellular compliant mechanisms for stress relief", ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, 134, pp. 121001-1 - 121001-12
  • M.* Addis, M.* Aguirre, Mary I Frecker, R. Haluck, A. Mathew, E. Pauli and J. Gopal, 2012, "Development of tasks and evaluation of a prototype forceps for NOTES", Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, 16, (1), pp. 95-104
  • S.* Cirone, G.* Hayes, B. Babcox, Mary I Frecker, J. Adair and G. Lesieutre, 2012, "Design of contact-aided compliant cellular mechanisms with curved walls", Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 23, (16), pp. 1773-1785
  • A. Wissa, Y.* Tummala, J. E. Hubbard and Mary I Frecker, 2012, "Passively morphing ornithopter wings using a novel compliant spine: Design and testing", Smart Materials and Structures, 21, pp. 094028
  • A. Rau, Mary I Frecker, A. Mathew and E. Pauli, 2011, "Design of a multifunctional forceps for use in endoscopic surgery", ASME Journal of Medical Devices, 5, (4), pp. 041001-1 - 041001-10
  • M. Aguirre, G. Hayes, R. Meirom, Mary I Frecker, C. Muhlstein and J. Adair, 2011, "Optimal design and fabrication of narrow-gauge compliant forceps", ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, 133, (8)
  • G. A. Lesieutre, J. A. Browne and Mary I Frecker, 2011, "Scaling of performance, weight and actuation of a 2-D compliant cellular frame structure for a morphing wing", Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 22, (10), pp. 979-989
  • G. Hayes, Mary I Frecker and J. Adair, 2011, "Fabrication of compliant mechanisms on the mesoscale", Mechanical Sciences, 2, pp. 129-137
  • D. Ramrakhyani, Mary I Frecker and G. Lesieutre, 2009, "Hinged beam elements for the topology design of compliant mechanisms using the ground structure approach", Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, 37, (6), pp. 557-567
  • S. Bharti, Mary I Frecker and G. Lesieutre, 2009, "Optimal morphing wing design using parallel non-dominated sorting genetic algorithm II", AIAA Journal, 47, (7), pp. 1627-1641
  • T. Johnson, Mary I Frecker, M. Abdalla, Z. Gurdal and D. Lindner, 2009, "Nonlinear analysis and optimization of diamond cell morphing wings", Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 20, (7), pp. 815-824
  • N. Antolino, G. Hayes, R. Kirkpatrick, J. H. Adair, C. M. Muhlstein and Mary I Frecker, 2009, "Lost mold rapid infiltration forming of mesoscale ceramics: Part 1, fabrication", Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 92, (s1), pp. S63-S69
  • N. E. Antolino, G. Hayes, R. Kirkpatrick, C. L. Muhlstein, Mary I Frecker, E. M. Mockensturm and J. H. Adair, 2009, "Lost mold rapid infiltration forming of mesoscale ceramics: Part 2, Geometry and strength improvements", Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 92, (s1), pp. S70-S78
  • V. Mehta, Mary I Frecker and G. Lesieutre, 2009, "Stress relief in contact- aided cellular compliant mechanisms", ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, 131, (9), pp. 091009-1 - 091009-11
  • F. Gandhi, Mary I Frecker and A. Nissly, 2008, "Design optimization of a controllable camber rotor airfoil", AIAA Journal, 46, (1), pp. 142-153
  • M. Aguirre, Mary I Frecker and H. Nembhard, 2008, "A case study comparison of alternative meta-modeling methods related to nano-enabled surgical instrument design", International Journal of Nanomanufacturing, 2, (4), pp. 375-405
  • M. Aguirre and Mary I Frecker, 2008, "Size and shape optimization of a 1.0 mm multifunctional forceps-scissors surgical instrument", ASME Journal of Medical Devices, 2, (1), pp. 015001-1 - 015001-7
  • J. Cronin, Mary I Frecker and A. Mathew, 2008, "Design of a compliant endoscopic suturing instrument", ASME Journal of Medical Devices, 2, pp. 025002-1 - 025002-9
  • J. Cronin, A. Mathew and Mary I Frecker, 2007, "Puncture force measurements on a porcine stomach", Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, 65, (5), pp. AB294
  • S. Bharti and Mary I Frecker, 2007, "Compliant mechanical amplifier design using multiple optimally placed actuators", Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 18, (3), pp. 209-218
  • T. Simpson, Mary I Frecker, L. Rothrock and R. Barton, 2007, "Graphical and text-based design interfaces for parameter design of an I-beam, desk lamp, aircraft wing, and job shop manufacturing system", Engineering with Computers, 23, pp. 93-107
  • T. Simpson, K. Barron, L. Rothrock, Mary I Frecker, R. Barton and C. Ligetti, 2007, "Impact of response delay and training on user performance with text-based and graphical user interfaces for engineering design", Research in Engineering Design, 18, pp. 49-65
  • N. Goulbourne, E. Mockensturm and Mary I Frecker, 2007, "Electro-elastomers: Large deformation analysis of silicone membranes", International Journal of Solids and Structures, 14, (9), pp. 2609-2626
  • A. Mahdavi, R. Balaji, Mary I Frecker and E. Mockensturm, 2006, "Topology optimization of 2D domains for minimum compliance using parallel processing", Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, 32, (2), pp. 121-132
  • L. Rothrock, K. Barron, T. Simpson, Mary I Frecker, C. Ligetti and R. Barton, 2006, "Applying the proximity compatibility and the control-display compatibility principles on graphical user interfaces for engineering design", Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing, 16, (1), pp. 61-81
  • Mary I Frecker, J. Schadler, R. Haluck, K. Culkar and R. Dziedzic, 2005, "Laparoscopic multifunctional instruments: Design and testing of initial prototypes", Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, 9, (1), pp. 105-112
  • P. Anusonti-Inthra, R. Searjant, Mary I Frecker and F. Gandhi, 2005, "Design of a conformable rotor airfoil using distributed piezoelectric actuators", AIAA Journal, 43, (8), pp. 1684-1695
  • N. Goulborne, E. Mockensturm and Mary I Frecker, 2005, "A nonlinear mathematical model for dielectric elastomer membranes", ASME Journal of Applied Mechanics, 72, pp. 899-906
  • Mary I Frecker, M. Abdalla, Z. Gurdal, T. Johnson and D. Lindner, 2005, "Design of a piezoelectric stack actuator and compliant mechanism combination for maximum energy efficiency", Smart Materials and Structures, 14, pp. 1421-1430
  • Mary I Frecker, K. Powell and R. Haluck, 2005, "Design of a multifunctional compliant instrument for minimally invasive surgery", ASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 127, pp. 990-993
  • D. Ramrakhyani, G. Lesieutre, S. Bharti and Mary I Frecker, 2005, "Aircraft structural morphing using tendon-actuated compliant cellular trusses", Journal of Aircraft, 42, (6), pp. 1615-1621
  • H. Maddisetty and Mary I Frecker, 2004, "Dynamic topology optimization of compliant mechanisms and piezoceramic actuators", ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, 126, (6), pp. 975-983
  • S. Bharti and Mary I Frecker, 2004, "Optimal design and experimental characterization of a compliant mechanism piezoelectric actuator for inertially stabilized rifle", Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 15, (2), pp. 93-106
  • Mary I Frecker and W. Aguilera, 2004, "Analytical modeling of a segmented unimorph actuator using electrostrictive P(VDF-TrFE) copolymer", Smart Materials and Structures, 13, pp. 82-91
  • C. Ligetti, T. Simpson, Mary I Frecker, R. Barton and G. Stump, 2003, "Assessing the impact of a graphical design environment on design efficiency and effectiveness", ASME Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering, 3, pp. 144-154
  • Mary I Frecker, 2003, "Recent advances in optimization of smart structures and actuators", Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 14, (5), pp. 207-216
  • N. Mehta, R. Haluck, Mary I Frecker and A. Snyder, 2002, "Sequence and task analysis of instrument use in common laparoscopic procedures", Surgical Endoscopy Ultrasound and Interventional Techniques, 16, pp. 280-285
  • D. Cappelleri, Mary I Frecker, T. Simpson and A. Snyder, 2002, "Design of a PZT bimorph actuator using a metamodel-based approach", ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, 124, (2), pp. 354-357
  • Mary I Frecker, R. Dziedzic and R. Haluck, 2002, "Design of multifunctional compliant mechanisms for minimally invasive surgery", Minimally Invasive Therapy and Allied Technologies, 11, (5/6), pp. 311-319
  • B. Wilson, D. Cappelleri, T. Simpson and Mary I Frecker, 2001, "Efficient Pareto frontier exploration using surrogate approximations", Optimization and Engineering, 2, (1), pp. 31-50
  • S. Canfield and Mary I Frecker, 2000, "Topology optimization of compliant mechanical amplifiers for piezoelectric actuators", Structural Optimization, 20, (4), pp. 269-279
  • B. Edinger, Mary I Frecker and J. Gardner, 2000, "Dynamic modeling of an innovative piezoelectric actuator for minimally invasive surgery", Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 11, (10), pp. 765-770
  • Mary I Frecker and S. Canfield, 2000, "Optimal design and experimental validation of compliant mechanical amplifiers for piezoceramic stack actuators", Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 11, (5), pp. 360-369
  • Mary I Frecker, N. Kikuchi and S. Kota, 1999, "Topology optimization of compliant mechanisms with multiple outputs", Structural Optimization, 17, (4), pp. 269-278
  • S. Nishiwaki, Mary I Frecker, S. Min and N. Kikuchi, 1998, "Topology optimization of compliant mechanisms using the homogenization method", International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 42, (3), pp. 535-559
  • Mary I Frecker, G. K. Ananthasuresh, S. Nishiwaki, N. Kikuchi and S. Kota, 1997, "Topological synthesis of compliant mechanisms using multi-criteria optimization", Journal of Mechanical Design, 119, (2), pp. 238-245
  • S. Nishiwaki, Mary I Frecker, S. Min and N. Kikuchi, 1997, "Structural optimization considering flexibility (Part 1: Formulation of equations and application to compliant mechanisms)", Transactions of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, pp. 81-88

Conference Proceedings

Other

Research Projects

  • August 2012 - July 2017, "EFRI-ODISSEI: Multi-field Responsive Origami Structures - Advancing the Emerging Frontier of Active Compliant Mechanisms," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • March 2013 - February 2017, "Spatially Distributed Compliant Passive Elements for Aerodynamic Structural Tailoring," (Sponsor: Air Force Office of Scientific Research).
  • May 2016 - August 2016, "EFRI-ODISSEI-REU: Multi-field responsive origami structures - Advancing the emerging frontier of active compliant mechanisms," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • August 2012 - July 2016, "Multifunctional Thermal Structures Using Cellular Contact-Aided Compliant Mechanisms," (Sponsor: Air Force Office of Scientific Research).
  • May 2014 - April 2015, "EFRI-ODISSEI-REM: Multi-field responsive origami structures - Advancing the emerging frontier of active compliant mechanisms," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • August 2014 - July 2015, "Assessing the Impact of Additive Manufacturing on Design Optimization," (Sponsor: United Launch Alliance).
  • May 2015 - August 2015, "EFRI-ODISSEI-REU: Multi-field responsive origami structures - Advancing the emerging frontier of active compliant mechanisms," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • August 2008 - September 2014, "Team MEDS Multidisciplinary Engineering Design Students, Projects to Aid Persons with Disabilities," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • May 2009 - April 2012, "High-Strength High-Strain Structures Using Ceramic Cellular Contact-Aided Compliant Mechanisms (C3M)," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • March 2009 - February 2011, "Communication of What Mechanical Engineers Do: A Strategy for Recruiting Women," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • September 2006 - September 2011, "Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of the Army).
  • June 2007 - May 2010, "Nanoparticulate Enabled Surgical Instruments," (Sponsor: National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering).
  • June 2007 - May 2009, "Nanoparticulate Enabled Surgical Instruments," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services).
  • March 2005 - November 2007, "Compliant Frame: A New Paradigm to Enable Reconfigurable Aircraft Structures," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of the Air Force).
  • January 2007 - December 2007, "STTR Phase I: A Lithographic Gelcasting Process Using Nanoparticulates," (Sponsor: Advanced Powder Products, Inc.^).
  • August 2003 - July 2004, "Multifunctional compliant mechanisms for a new class of ophthalmic instruments," (Sponsor: Alcon Laboratories).
  • June 2003 - December 2004, "Multifunctional compliant mechanisms for a new class of ophthalmic instruments," (Sponsor: Life Sciences Greenhouse of Central PA).

Honors and Awards

  • Best Paper Award in Mechanics and Material Systems, Adaptive Structures and Material Systems Branch, ASME Aerospace Division, 2015
  • Best Paper Award in Structures and Structural Dynamics, Adaptive Structures and Material Systems Branch, ASME Aerospace Division, 2015

Service

Service to Penn State:

Service to External Organizations:

  • Co-Chairperson, Symposium on Origami-Based Design, 40th ASME Mechanisms & Robotics Conference, ASME 2016 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, 2016
  • Member, Executive Committee, ASME Aerospace Division, 2012 - 2015
  • Co-Chairperson, Symposium on Origami-Based Design, 39th ASME Mechanisms & Robotics Conference, ASME 2015 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, 2015
  • Chairperson, Symposium on Origami-Based Design, 41st ASME Mechanisms & Robotics Conference, ASME 2017 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, 2016
  • TreasurerASME Mechanisms & Robotics Committee, October 2016
 


 

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The Department of Biomedical Engineering administers the undergraduate major in biomedical engineering, and is a part of the university-wide Intercollege Graduate Degree Program, offering both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Bioengineering. Our work combines traditional engineering principles with medicine and technology for the betterment of human health and society. 

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The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-863-6614