Sarah Bergbreiter joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in the fall of 2018.

She received her B.S.E. degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University in 1999. After a short introduction to the challenges of sensor networks at a small startup company, she received the MS and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004 and 2007 with a focus on microrobotics. She joined the University of Maryland, College Park in 2008 as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, with a joint appointment in the Institute for Systems Research.

She received the DARPA Young Faculty Award in 2008, the NSF CAREER Award in 2011, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) Award in 2013 for her research on engineering robotic systems down to sub-millimeter size scales. She also received the Best Conference Paper Award at IEEE ICRA 2010 for her work incorporating new materials into microrobotics.

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2007 Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

2004 MS, University of California, Berkeley

1999 B.S.E., Princeton University

Media mentions

Future Tech Podcast

Bergbreiter on micro robotics research

MechE’s Sarah Bergbreiter was a guest on the Future Tech Podcast and discussed her research in the field of robotics. Bergbreiter also discusses the different applications of microrobots as well as some of the challenges she has encountered.

Bergbreiter and Ozdoganlar awarded ASME Fellows

MechE’s Sarah Bergbreiter and Burak Ozdoganlar were named 2019 Fellows in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

CMU Engineering

Working toward agile flight for small UAVs

Inspired by insects' wings, Bergbreiter and her collaborators are looking to develop UAVs that can fly more efficiently and deal with disturbances like gusts or breezes.

CMU Engineering

Bergbreiter, Jayan win Army DURIP awards

Sarah Bergbreiter and B. Reeja Jayan have received Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) awards to purchase vital laboratory equipment for current research and the development of new ideas and techniques.

Mechanical Engineering

Bergbreiter, Jayan receive DURIP awards

MechE’s Sarah Bergbreiter and B. Reeja Jayan have received Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) awards from the U.S. Army. The award supports the purchase of laboratory equipment important for research projects.

CMU Engineering

Merging microsystems and robotics

Sarah Bergbreiter develops ant-sized robots and microsystems in the Department Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.