Past Visitors

Since its inception in 2005, Morpheus Lab has welcomed a large number and wide variety of visitors to our lab. We enjoy hosting visitors and demonstrating for them our passion for what we do. Some highlights are shown below.

October 2009

On Friday October 16, 2009, Morpheus Lab was pleased to welcome a distinguished visitor, Mr. John Miller, Director of the U.S. Army Research Lab (ARL).  Dr. Mark Nixon, Director of the ARL Vehicle Technology Directorate (VTD), along with other ARL staff accompanied Mr. Miller. We were pleased to host this distinguished party for a tour of our facilities and discussions of our research objectives and progress. We enjoyed the technical discussions over a pizza lunch in the fabrication lab.

June 2009

Dr. Frances (“Fran”) Kelly, former director of U.S. Navy Education Programs, tours Morpheus Lab after delivering her lecture on “The Implications of the Internet and E-Learning for Changes in American Society” at NIA, (lecture).

July 2008

On Tuesday, July 29, 2008, Morpheus was pleased to welcome Dr. Mark Bundy (2nd from right), a distinguished visitor from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL). Dr. Bundy, who is the University of Maryland POC for the new CTA/MAST project on microsystem mechanics, was treated to a full day visit. The visit began with a tour of NIA, and from there it was on to the lab for demos and discussions about our ongoing research efforts, followed by an ornithopter flight demonstration, lunch with the team, and a return to NIA for further discussions. We were honored to host a man with such a long and distinguished career in service to our country. We thank him for his time, enthusiasm, and encouragement.

Winter 2008

Morpheus Lab hosted Ms. Rachel Born, an award winning local high school student, and her father.

Morpheus also recently hosted a visit by both the esteemed new Aerospace Department Chairman, Dr. Darryll Pines, and the honored previous Chairman, Dr. William Fourney.

October 2007

Morpheus Lab was also honored to host Dr. Sung Lee of the University of Maryland’s Aerospace Department. Dr. Lee, an expert in non-linear finite element modeling of structures, came to discuss research collaborations in modeling the complex fluid-structure interactions of flapping membrane wings and active electroactive polymer membranes. Some photo highlights of Dr. Lee’s visit follow.

November 2007

On November 14, 2007, Morpheus Lab hosted Dr. Roger Hanlon, esteemed Marine Biologist from the Marine Biological Laboratory, to discuss applications of electroactive polymers to biologically inspired systems of active camouflage.

October 2007

On Monday October 15th, 2007, the Morpheus Lab received a visit from Dr. Donald Fraser, former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense under Richard Cheney during the previous Bush Administration. Dr. Fraser is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a former COO of Draper Labs and Director of the Boston University Photonics Center. He came here expressly on the invitation of the Morpheus Lab. Dr. Fraser spent the day touring NIA and Morpheus Lab and meeting with Morpheus Lab’s graduate student researchers. Dr. Fraser piloted himself down for his visit to Morpheus Lab in his own private airplane, arriving and departing from Langley Air Force Base

Morpheus Lab also recently hosted a visit by distinguished members of NASA Langley’s Technical Challenges Committee to discuss our lab’s research objectives and how we might collaborate more closely with NASA Langley on addressing some of the key technical challenges they have identified for the future.