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Mary Frecker

Riess Chair of Engineering, Director of the Penn State Center for Biodevices
Professor

Affiliation(s):

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Center for Acoustics and Vibration

326 Leonhard Building

mxf36@psu.edu

814-865-1617

Personal or Departmental Website

Research Areas:

Biomechanics and Mechanobiology; Design & Manufacturing; Mechanical Sciences

Interest Areas:

Optimal design, compliant mechanisms, smart structures, medical device design

 
 

 

Education

  • BME, Mechanical Engineering, University of Dayton, 1991
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1994
  • Ph D, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1997

Publications

Journal Articles

  • A Erol, Paris Von Lockette and Mary I Frecker, 2020, "Multiobjective optimization of a multi-field actuated, multilayered, segmented composite beam", Smart Materials & Structures, 29
  • J Ma, C Gonzalez, Q Huang, J Farese, Christopher Rahn, Mary I Frecker and Donghai Wang, 2020, "Multifunctional NMC-Si Batteries with Self-Actuation and Self-Sensing", Journal of Intelligent Material Systems & Structures, 31, (6)
  • B Hanks, J Berhel, Mary I Frecker and Timothy W Simpson, 2020, "Mechanical Properties of additively manufactured lattice structures: data review and design interface", Additive Manufacturing, 35
  • C Gonzalez, J Ma, Mary I Frecker and Christopher Rahn, 2020, "Analytical modeling and simulation of a multifunctional segmented Lithium ion battery unimorph actuator", Smart Materials and Structures, 30, (1)
  • L Walsh, L Mitchell, A Johri, M Matone, M Moyer and Mary I Frecker, 2019, "When high viscosity of pancreatic cysts and fluid collections precludes effective EUS-guided fine needle aspiration: a bench top comparison of negative pressure devices", Endoscopy International Open, 7, (4)
  • J Jovanova, A Nastevska and Mary I Frecker, 2019, "Tailoring energy absorption with functional grading of a contact-aided compliant mechanism", Smart Materials & Structures, 28, (8)
  • J Calogero, Mary I Frecker, Z Hasnain and J E Hubbard, 2018, "Tuning of a Rigid Body Dynamics Model of a Flapping Wing Structures with Compliant Joints", ASME Journal of Mechanisms & Robotics
  • J Calogero, Mary I Frecker, J E Hubbard and Z Hasnain, 2018, "Dual optimization of contact-aided compliant mechanisms for passive shape change", AIAA Journal
  • J Butler, L Bowen, E Wilcox, A Shrager, Mary I Frecker, Paris Von Lockette, Timothy W Simpson, R Lang, L Howell and S Magelby, 2018, "A Model for Multi-Input Mechanical Advantage in Compliant and Origami-Based Mechanisms", ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics
  • Wei Zhang, Saad Ahmed, S Masters, J Hong, Zoubeida Ounaies and Mary I Frecker, 2018, "Finite Element Analysis of Electroactive and Magnetoactive Coupled Behaviors in Multi-Field Origami Structures", Journal of Intelligent Material Systems & Structures
  • Bradley Hanks, Mary I Frecker and Matthew Moyer, 2018, "Optimization of an Endoscopic Radiofrequency Ablation Electrode", ASME Journal of Medical Devices
  • Jovana Jovanova, Mary I Frecker, Reginald Felix Hamilton and Todd Palmer, 2017, "Target Shape Optimization of Functionally Graded Shape Memory Alloy Compliant Mechanism", Journal of Intelligent Material Systems & Structures
  • Wei Zhang, Saad Ahmed, Sarah Masters, Zoubeida Ounaies and Mary I Frecker, 2017, "Finite Element Analysis of Electroactive Polymer and Magnetoactive Elastomer Based Actuation for Origami-Inspired Folding", Smart Materials & Structures
  • Landen Bowen, Kara Springsteen, Saad Ahmed, Erika Arrojado, Mary I Frecker, Timothy W Simpson and Zoubeida Ounaies, 2017, "Design Fabrication and Modeling of an Electric-Magnetic Self-Folding Sheet", ASME Journal of Mechanisms & Robotics, 9
  • L Bowen, K Springsteen, Mary I Frecker and Timothy W Simpson, 2016, "Trade space exploration of magnetically actuated origami mechanisms", ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, 8, (3)
  • J Calogero, Mary I Frecker, Z Hasnain and J Hubbard, 2016, "A Dynamic Spar Numerical Model for passive shape change", Smart Materials and Structures, 25
  • J Butler, L Bowen, E Wilcox, A Shrager, Mary I Frecker, Paris Von Lockette, Timothy W Simpson, R Lang, L Howell and S Magelby, 2015, "Considering mechanical advantage in the design and actuation of an origami-based mechanism", ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, 10
  • A. A. Wissa, J. Grauer, N. Guerreiro, J. E. Hubbard, C. Altenbuchner, Y. Tummala, Mary I Frecker and R. Roberts, 2015, "Free flight testing and performance evaluation of a passively morphing ornithopter", International Journal of Micro Air Vehicles, 7, (1)
  • L. Bowen, K. Springsteen, H. Feldstein, Mary I Frecker, Timothy W Simpson and Paris Von Lockette, 2015, "Development and validation of a dynamic model of magneto active elastomer actuation of the origami waterbomb base", ASME Journal of Mechanisms & Robotics, 7, pp. 1010-1020
  • A. Wissa, J. Calogero, N. Wereley, Mary I Frecker and J Hubbard, 2015, "Analytical model and stability analysis of the leading edge spar of a passively morphing ornithopter wing", Bioinspiration & Biomimetics Journal, 10
  • A. Crivaro, R. Sheridan, Mary I Frecker, Timothy W Simpson and Paris Von Lockette, 2015, "Bi-stable snap-through compliant mechanism using magneto active elastomer actuation", Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures
  • Y. Tummala, A. A. Wissa, Mary I Frecker and J. E. Hubbard, 2014, "Design and optimization of a contact-aided compliant mechanism for passive bending", ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, 6, (3), pp. 031013-031013-9
  • S. Ahmed, Z. Ounaies and Mary I Frecker, 2014, "Investigating the performance and properties of dielectric elastomer actuators as a potential means to actuate origami structures", Smart Materials and Structures, 23
  • K. McGough, S. Ahmed, Mary I Frecker and Z. Ounaies, 2014, "Finite element analysis and validation of dielectric elastomer actuators used for active origami", Smart Materials and Structures, 23
  • Y. Tummala, Mary I Frecker, A. Wissa and J. Hubbard, 2013, "Design and optimization of a bend-and-sweep compliant mechanism", Smart Materials and Structures, 22
  • J. Liu, B. Hall, Mary I Frecker and E. Reutzel, 2012, "Compliant articulation structure using superelastic NiTiNOL", Smart Materials and Structures, 22
  • X. Zhang, T. Simpson, Mary I Frecker and G. Lesieutre, 2012, "Supporting knowledge exploration and discovery in multi-dimensional data with interactive multiscale visualization", Journal of Engineering Design, 23, (1), pp. 23-47
  • V.* Mehta, Mary I Frecker and G. Lesieutre, 2012, "Two-step design of multi-contact-aided cellular compliant mechanisms for stress relief", ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, 134, pp. 121001-1 - 121001-12
  • M.* Addis, M.* Aguirre, Mary I Frecker, R. Haluck, A. Mathew, E. Pauli and J. Gopal, 2012, "Development of tasks and evaluation of a prototype forceps for NOTES", Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, 16, (1), pp. 95-104
  • S.* Cirone, G.* Hayes, B. Babcox, Mary I Frecker, J. Adair and G. Lesieutre, 2012, "Design of contact-aided compliant cellular mechanisms with curved walls", Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 23, (16), pp. 1773-1785
  • A. Wissa, Y.* Tummala, J. E. Hubbard and Mary I Frecker, 2012, "Passively morphing ornithopter wings using a novel compliant spine: Design and testing", Smart Materials and Structures, 21, pp. 094028
  • A. Rau, Mary I Frecker, A. Mathew and E. Pauli, 2011, "Design of a multifunctional forceps for use in endoscopic surgery", ASME Journal of Medical Devices, 5, (4), pp. 041001-1 - 041001-10
  • M. Aguirre, G. Hayes, R. Meirom, Mary I Frecker, C. Muhlstein and J. Adair, 2011, "Optimal design and fabrication of narrow-gauge compliant forceps", ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, 133, (8)
  • G. A. Lesieutre, J. A. Browne and Mary I Frecker, 2011, "Scaling of performance, weight and actuation of a 2-D compliant cellular frame structure for a morphing wing", Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 22, (10), pp. 979-989
  • G. Hayes, Mary I Frecker and J. Adair, 2011, "Fabrication of compliant mechanisms on the mesoscale", Mechanical Sciences, 2, pp. 129-137
  • D. Ramrakhyani, Mary I Frecker and G. Lesieutre, 2009, "Hinged beam elements for the topology design of compliant mechanisms using the ground structure approach", Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, 37, (6), pp. 557-567
  • S. Bharti, Mary I Frecker and G. Lesieutre, 2009, "Optimal morphing wing design using parallel non-dominated sorting genetic algorithm II", AIAA Journal, 47, (7), pp. 1627-1641
  • T. Johnson, Mary I Frecker, M. Abdalla, Z. Gurdal and D. Lindner, 2009, "Nonlinear analysis and optimization of diamond cell morphing wings", Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 20, (7), pp. 815-824
  • N. Antolino, G. Hayes, R. Kirkpatrick, J. H. Adair, C. M. Muhlstein and Mary I Frecker, 2009, "Lost mold rapid infiltration forming of mesoscale ceramics: Part 1, fabrication", Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 92, (s1), pp. S63-S69
  • N. E. Antolino, G. Hayes, R. Kirkpatrick, C. L. Muhlstein, Mary I Frecker, E. M. Mockensturm and J. H. Adair, 2009, "Lost mold rapid infiltration forming of mesoscale ceramics: Part 2, Geometry and strength improvements", Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 92, (s1), pp. S70-S78
  • V. Mehta, Mary I Frecker and G. Lesieutre, 2009, "Stress relief in contact- aided cellular compliant mechanisms", ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, 131, (9), pp. 091009-1 - 091009-11
  • F. Gandhi, Mary I Frecker and A. Nissly, 2008, "Design optimization of a controllable camber rotor airfoil", AIAA Journal, 46, (1), pp. 142-153
  • M. Aguirre, Mary I Frecker and H. Nembhard, 2008, "A case study comparison of alternative meta-modeling methods related to nano-enabled surgical instrument design", International Journal of Nanomanufacturing, 2, (4), pp. 375-405
  • M. Aguirre and Mary I Frecker, 2008, "Size and shape optimization of a 1.0 mm multifunctional forceps-scissors surgical instrument", ASME Journal of Medical Devices, 2, (1), pp. 015001-1 - 015001-7
  • J. Cronin, Mary I Frecker and A. Mathew, 2008, "Design of a compliant endoscopic suturing instrument", ASME Journal of Medical Devices, 2, pp. 025002-1 - 025002-9
  • J. Cronin, A. Mathew and Mary I Frecker, 2007, "Puncture force measurements on a porcine stomach", Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, 65, (5), pp. AB294
  • S. Bharti and Mary I Frecker, 2007, "Compliant mechanical amplifier design using multiple optimally placed actuators", Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 18, (3), pp. 209-218
  • T. Simpson, Mary I Frecker, L. Rothrock and R. Barton, 2007, "Graphical and text-based design interfaces for parameter design of an I-beam, desk lamp, aircraft wing, and job shop manufacturing system", Engineering with Computers, 23, pp. 93-107
  • T. Simpson, K. Barron, L. Rothrock, Mary I Frecker, R. Barton and C. Ligetti, 2007, "Impact of response delay and training on user performance with text-based and graphical user interfaces for engineering design", Research in Engineering Design, 18, pp. 49-65
  • N. Goulbourne, E. Mockensturm and Mary I Frecker, 2007, "Electro-elastomers: Large deformation analysis of silicone membranes", International Journal of Solids and Structures, 14, (9), pp. 2609-2626
  • A. Mahdavi, R. Balaji, Mary I Frecker and E. Mockensturm, 2006, "Topology optimization of 2D domains for minimum compliance using parallel processing", Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, 32, (2), pp. 121-132
  • L. Rothrock, K. Barron, T. Simpson, Mary I Frecker, C. Ligetti and R. Barton, 2006, "Applying the proximity compatibility and the control-display compatibility principles on graphical user interfaces for engineering design", Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing, 16, (1), pp. 61-81
  • Mary I Frecker, J. Schadler, R. Haluck, K. Culkar and R. Dziedzic, 2005, "Laparoscopic multifunctional instruments: Design and testing of initial prototypes", Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, 9, (1), pp. 105-112
  • P. Anusonti-Inthra, R. Searjant, Mary I Frecker and F. Gandhi, 2005, "Design of a conformable rotor airfoil using distributed piezoelectric actuators", AIAA Journal, 43, (8), pp. 1684-1695
  • N. Goulborne, E. Mockensturm and Mary I Frecker, 2005, "A nonlinear mathematical model for dielectric elastomer membranes", ASME Journal of Applied Mechanics, 72, pp. 899-906
  • Mary I Frecker, M. Abdalla, Z. Gurdal, T. Johnson and D. Lindner, 2005, "Design of a piezoelectric stack actuator and compliant mechanism combination for maximum energy efficiency", Smart Materials and Structures, 14, pp. 1421-1430
  • Mary I Frecker, K. Powell and R. Haluck, 2005, "Design of a multifunctional compliant instrument for minimally invasive surgery", ASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 127, pp. 990-993
  • D. Ramrakhyani, G. Lesieutre, S. Bharti and Mary I Frecker, 2005, "Aircraft structural morphing using tendon-actuated compliant cellular trusses", Journal of Aircraft, 42, (6), pp. 1615-1621
  • H. Maddisetty and Mary I Frecker, 2004, "Dynamic topology optimization of compliant mechanisms and piezoceramic actuators", ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, 126, (6), pp. 975-983
  • S. Bharti and Mary I Frecker, 2004, "Optimal design and experimental characterization of a compliant mechanism piezoelectric actuator for inertially stabilized rifle", Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 15, (2), pp. 93-106
  • Mary I Frecker and W. Aguilera, 2004, "Analytical modeling of a segmented unimorph actuator using electrostrictive P(VDF-TrFE) copolymer", Smart Materials and Structures, 13, pp. 82-91
  • C. Ligetti, T. Simpson, Mary I Frecker, R. Barton and G. Stump, 2003, "Assessing the impact of a graphical design environment on design efficiency and effectiveness", ASME Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering, 3, pp. 144-154
  • Mary I Frecker, 2003, "Recent advances in optimization of smart structures and actuators", Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 14, (5), pp. 207-216
  • N. Mehta, R. Haluck, Mary I Frecker and A. Snyder, 2002, "Sequence and task analysis of instrument use in common laparoscopic procedures", Surgical Endoscopy Ultrasound and Interventional Techniques, 16, pp. 280-285
  • D. Cappelleri, Mary I Frecker, T. Simpson and A. Snyder, 2002, "Design of a PZT bimorph actuator using a metamodel-based approach", ASME Journal of Mechanical Design, 124, (2), pp. 354-357
  • Mary I Frecker, R. Dziedzic and R. Haluck, 2002, "Design of multifunctional compliant mechanisms for minimally invasive surgery", Minimally Invasive Therapy and Allied Technologies, 11, (5/6), pp. 311-319
  • B. Wilson, D. Cappelleri, T. Simpson and Mary I Frecker, 2001, "Efficient Pareto frontier exploration using surrogate approximations", Optimization and Engineering, 2, (1), pp. 31-50
  • S. Canfield and Mary I Frecker, 2000, "Topology optimization of compliant mechanical amplifiers for piezoelectric actuators", Structural Optimization, 20, (4), pp. 269-279
  • B. Edinger, Mary I Frecker and J. Gardner, 2000, "Dynamic modeling of an innovative piezoelectric actuator for minimally invasive surgery", Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 11, (10), pp. 765-770
  • Mary I Frecker and S. Canfield, 2000, "Optimal design and experimental validation of compliant mechanical amplifiers for piezoceramic stack actuators", Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 11, (5), pp. 360-369
  • Mary I Frecker, N. Kikuchi and S. Kota, 1999, "Topology optimization of compliant mechanisms with multiple outputs", Structural Optimization, 17, (4), pp. 269-278
  • S. Nishiwaki, Mary I Frecker, S. Min and N. Kikuchi, 1998, "Topology optimization of compliant mechanisms using the homogenization method", International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 42, (3), pp. 535-559
  • Mary I Frecker, G. K. Ananthasuresh, S. Nishiwaki, N. Kikuchi and S. Kota, 1997, "Topological synthesis of compliant mechanisms using multi-criteria optimization", Journal of Mechanical Design, 119, (2), pp. 238-245
  • S. Nishiwaki, Mary I Frecker, S. Min and N. Kikuchi, 1997, "Structural optimization considering flexibility (Part 1: Formulation of equations and application to compliant mechanisms)", Transactions of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, pp. 81-88

Conference Proceedings

Other

  • Mary I Frecker and A. Snyder, 2005, "Multifunctional end effectors for robotic surgery", 7, (4), pp. 165-169

Research Projects

  • July 2017 - June 2021, "Multifunctional Lithium Ion Batteries with Silicon Anodes," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).

Honors and Awards

Service

Service to Penn State:

Service to External Organizations:

  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Chairperson, ASME Mechanisms & Robotics Committee, October 2020
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Other, Chair-elect/Secretary, ASME Mechanisms & Robotics Committee, October 2018 - 2020
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Other, Treasurer, ASME Mechanisms & Robotics Committee, October 2016 - October 2018
  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Member, Executive Committee, ASME Aerospace Division, 2012 - 2015
  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Chairperson, Symposium on Origami-Based Design, 41st ASME Mechanisms & Robotics Conference, ASME 2017 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, 2016
  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Co-Chairperson, Symposium on Origami-Based Design, 39th ASME Mechanisms & Robotics Conference, ASME 2015 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, 2015
  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Co-Chairperson, Symposium on Origami-Based Design, 40th ASME Mechanisms & Robotics Conference, ASME 2016 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, 2016
  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Chairperson, Symposium on Origami-Based Design, 42nd ASME Mechanisms & Robotics Conference, ASME 2018 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, 2017
  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Chairperson, Symposium on Origami-Based Design, 43nd ASME Mechanisms & Robotics Conference, ASME 2018 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, 2018
  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Chairperson, Symposium on Origami-Based Design, 43nd ASME Mechanisms & Robotics Conference, ASME 2019 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, 2019
  • Organizing Conferences and Service on Conference Committees, Chairperson, Symposium on Origami-Based Design, 44th ASME Mechanisms & Robotics Conference, ASME 2020 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences, 2020