Sridhar Kota

Herrick Professor of Engineering, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Sridhar Kota is the Herrick Professor of Engineering, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and the Director at MForesight: Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight. He served as the Assistant Director for Advanced Manufacturing at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy from 2009-2012. He is also the founder and CEO of FlexSys Inc.

Recent News

Shape changing aircraft wing (no flaps) developed by FlexSys Inc.
For the first time in modern aviation history, on November 06, 2014, under a joint NASA/Air Force program called ACTE (Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge), the revolutionary wing took to skies and operated flawlessly during the entire six months of flight tests.
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Flexible Bio-inspired Machines are the Future of Engineering
Scientific American dubbed Kota’s Research on flexible one-piece machines and elastofluidic actuators for soft robots as “Flexible Bio-inspired Machines are the Future of Engineering.”
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MForesight: Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight is a federally-funded (NSF & NIST) national think-and-do tank focused on future of U.S. manufacturing. MForesight connects researchers and practitioners and harnesses their collective wisdom to forecast manufacturing needs, opportunities, and emerging technologies.
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How the U.S. Can Rebuild Its Capacity to Innovate

Harvard Business Review  

Harvard Business Review published a feature article on MForesight’s flagship research initiative: Manufacturing Prosperity. The HBR piece examines the challenges facing America’s innovation ecosystem and highlights a range of potential solutions to restore both innovation and production capabilities in the United States.


Reimagining University Rankings

Huffington Post  

The best way to reimagine university rankings is to move from measuring mere inputs (like wealth and selectivity) toward measuring real-world outcomes (like innovation and educational enrichment).


Engineering 2.0: Rekindling American Ingenuity

Huffington Post  

Most of what we perceive as "rocket science" is actually "rocket engineering". This seemingly innocuous generalization of science to subordinately include engineering has had real consequences in our investments and outcomes.


Slightly Better iPhones Won’t Fix the U.S. Economy


If we want to break past lackluster economic growth rates and make meaningful change in lives and livelihoods, we need to move beyond incremental innovation (think slightly-better iPhones) toward revolutionary innovation (think new energy systems, next-generation electronics, and cures for Cancer and Alzheimer’s).