Adam Wickenheiser

Adam Wickenheiser



SEAS - Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE)
Academic Center
801 22nd Street, NW
(202) 994-9394 or (202) 994-8392

Principal Investigator
Lab:  Smart Systems Laboratory
Exploration Hall
20101 Academic Way
Ashburn, VA 20147
(703) 726-6821

Current Research

Research Areas: Mechatronics and embedded systems for UAVs and energy harvesters, smart material transduction, adaptive/reconfigurable aircraft mechanisms and flight control

His research interests are in the areas of bio-inspired aircraft and control architectures, adaptive structures, smart materials, fluid-structure interactions, and energy harvesting.


Adam Wickenheiser received a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering in 2008 from Cornell University. His dissertation focused on morphing aircraft dynamics and trajectory optimization for perching maneuvers.


From 2008-2009 he served as a postdoctoral associate and visiting lecturer at Cornell, studying piezoelectric energy harvesting. He joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at George Washington University in January 2010.