Elliot Hawkes

Elliot Hawkes

Associate Professor
​Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering


(805) 893-3408
2332 Engineering II

University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106


Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Faculty Award (2018-'19, 2022-'23); Early CAREER Award, National Science Foundation's ;  Early Career Award, NASA; 2020 Packard Fellow for Science and Engineering; Top 10 Robotics Technologies of the Year, Science Robotics; Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award (2020-'21)


Solid Mechanics, Materials & Structures, Micro- and Nanoscale Engineering, Dynamic Systems and Control, Robotics

Hawkes' research focuses on bringing together design, mechanics, and non-traditional materials to advance the vision of robust, adaptable, human-safe robots that can thrive in the uncertain, unstructured world. Current projects involve bio-inspired microstructured adhesive materials, non-linear compliant mechanisms, high-power soft actuators, soft exoskeletons, and growing robots.


PhD Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
MS Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
AB Mechanical Engineering, Harvard University