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Carmel Majidi named the Clarence H. Adamson Professor of Mechanical Engineering at CMU

Carmel Majidi, long time CMU Portugal collaborator, has been named the Clarence H. Adamson Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).

Throughout the years, Carmel Majidi has served as a project PI in several impactful CMU Portugal projects collaborating closely with Mahmoud Tavakoli, Director of the “Soft and Printed Microelectronics Laboratory” (SPM) from the Faculty of Science and Technology of Universidade de Coimbra (FCTUC)Stretchtonics Entrepreneurial Research Initiative (ERI);  Large Scale Collaborative Project (LSCRP) WoW – Wireless biOmonitoring stickers and smart bed architecture: toWards Untethered Patients and was part of the Exploratory project Exoskins.

“This professorship is a wonderful recognition of the amazing work being done both at the Soft Machines Lab and with Mahmoud’s team at the University of Coimbra.  I’m especially grateful to the CMU Portugal program for making our partnership with Mahmoud and the SPM Lab possible.  This has been a highly productive collaboration that has led to truly groundbreaking discoveries in printed soft electronics, robot prosthetics, and wearable bioelectronics.”

“Carmel is not only a leading scientist, he is also a great human being. I have collaborated with him for 10 years now, and I found him very knowledgeable, helpful, open minded and humble. He has made a significant impact on the professional career of tens, if not hundreds of people, including myself and my team. He has created a clear scientific and economic impact.”, Mahmoud Tavakoli. 

Majid has been the  Ph.D. Advisor of several dual-degree Ph.D. candidates namely Manuel Reis Carneiro, Marta Freitas and Fernanda Famá, and has hosted three visiting students under the CMU Portugal Visiting Students program. 

As director of the Soft Machines Lab at the Mechanical Engineering Department at CMU, Majidi has had a successful career in the development of soft robotics. Majidi’s career mission is to discover materials, hardware architectures, and fabrication methods that allow robots and machines to behave like soft biological organisms, and be safe for contact with humans.

In a recent article, CMU Portugal Dual Degree student Manuel Reis Carneiro describes working with Majidi: “Carmel sets high standards and challenges us to think outside the box, stimulating everyone to push the boundaries of what we can achieve. His mentorship has been invaluable, providing guidance, support, and valuable insights into all aspects of my research.”

The MECHE department plans to celebrate this appointment with a formal ceremony in the coming months.