Dr. Gregory S. Chirikjian
Dr. Gregory S. Chirikjian is
Department Chair, Mechanical Engineering, and Professor of Mechanical
Engineering with Secondary Appointments in CS, AMS, ECE at
Whiting School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins
Greg’s research interests are: Computational Structural Biology (in particular, computational mechanics of large proteins); Conformational Statistics of Biological Macromolecules; Developed theory for ‘hyper-redundant’ (snakelike) robot motion planning; Designing and building hyper-redundant robotic manipulator arms; Applied Mathematics (Applications of Group Theory in Engineering); and Self-replicating robotic systems.
He authored Engineering Applications of Noncommutative Harmonic Analysis: With Emphasis on Rotation and Motion Groups and coauthored Self-Replicating Robots for Lunar Development in ASME & IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics, A unified approach to conformational statistics of classical polymer and polypeptide models in Polymer, Efficient determination of low-frequency normal modes of large protein structures by cluster-NMA in Journal of Molecular Graphics and Modelling, Analysis and design of protein based nanodevices: Challenges and opportunities in mechanical design in Journal of Mechanical Design, and Rigid-cluster models of conformational transitions in macromolecular machines and assemblies in Biophysical Journal.
Greg earned a B.A. in Mathematics, a B.S. in Engineering Mechanics, and a M.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1988, and a Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics from California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 1992. He served in the United States House of Representatives in 1988. (As an intern.)