Bryan Peele
Bryan Peele


A mechanical engineer by training, I am passionate about creating novel fabrication processes. My work is drawn from experience with mechanical design, electronics, computer programming and materials science. I am excited about using digital manufacturing to change the types of products we create, as well the way they are designed.

I have experience designing custom CNC equipment including a 2’x4′ wood router, and 3D printers for stereolithography, direct-write assembly, and fused filament fabrication. I also have experience creating designs for and operating CNC plasma cutters, milling machines, laser cutters, waterjet cutters, and various commercial 3D printers.

For a more extensive resume, please visit my Linkedin profile.


  • Cornell University  (2013 – present)
    • Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) – in progress
    • Major: Mechanical Engineering
      • Concentration: Dynamics and Controls
    • Minor Subjects: Computer Science, Materials Engineering
  • North Carolina State University (2008 – 2012)
    • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Valedictorian, Class of 2012


  • Conference Proceedings
    1. Shepherd, R., Peele, B., Mac Murray, B., Barreiros, J., Shapira, O., Spjut, J., & Luebke, D. (2017). Stretchable Transducers for Kinesthetic Interactions in Virtual Reality. 2017 SIGGRAPH Emerging Technologies. July 30 – August 3. Los Angeles, CA.
    2. Hamill, S., Peele, B. N., Ferenz, P., Westwater, M., Shepherd, R. F., & Kress-Gazit, H. (2016). Gait Synthesis for Modular Soft Robots2016 International Symposium on Experimental Robotics. October 3-6, 2016. Tokyo, Japan.
    3. Furst, S., Peele, B., & Seelecke, S. (2012). Design and Fabrication of an SMA Actuated Bat. Volume 2: Mechanics and Behavior of Active Materials; Integrated System Design and Implementation; Bio-Inspired Materials and Systems; Energy Harvesting.


  • Conference Presentations
    • Shepherd, R., Peele, B., Mac Murray, B., Barreiros, J., Shapira, O., Spjut, J., & Luebke, D. (2017). Stretchable Transducers for Kinesthetic Interactions in Virtual Reality. 2017 SIGGRAPH Emerging Technologies. August 3. Los Angeles, CA.
    • Peele, B., Mac Murray, B., & Shepherd, R. (2017) Stretchable Transducers for Haptic Communication in Virtual and Augmented Reality. GPU Technology Conference. May 11, 2017. San Jose, CA.
    • Peele, B. N. (2015). Printing Organic Sensors and Actuators that are Intrinsically Soft. Materials Research Society Fall Meeting. December 2, 2015. Boston, MA. 
  • Poster Sessions
    • Peele, B. N., Wallin, T. J., & Shepherd, R. F. 3D Printing Antagonistic Systems of Artificial Muscle Using Projection Stereolithography. RoboSoft Plenary Meeting. April 15-16, 2015. Livorno, Italy.
    • Peele, B. N., Larson, C., Li, S., Robinson, S., Totaro, M., Beccai, L., Mazzolai, B., & Shepherd, R. Highly Stretchable Electroluminescent Skin for Optical Signaling and Tactile Sensing. Northeast Robotics Colloquium (NERC V). October 29-30, 2016. Ithaca, NY.
    • Hamill, S., Peele, B. N., Ferenz, P., Westwater, M., Shepherd, R. F., & Kress-Gazit, H. Gait Synthesis for Modular Soft Robots. Northeast Robotics Colloquium (NERC V). October 29-30, 2016. Ithaca, NY.

Honors & Awards

  • Cornell Commercialization Fellowship
    • Awarded April 2016 (inaugural class)
    • The Commercialization Fellows Program is a unique opportunity for Ph.D. students to spend a fully-funded semester and summer in an intensive entrepreneurship program with a personal mentor to explore commercializing a product of the student’s choosing.
  • National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps)
    • Awarded December 2016.
    • Entrepreneurial Lead, Co-authored grant for $70k to explore commercial potential of academic research.
  • Cornell Engineering Funding for Scale-up & Prototyping
    • Awarded June 2017
    • Grant for $20k to commercialize technology developed at Cornell.
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
  • Park Scholarship
    • Awarded April 2008
    • The Park Scholarship is a four-year, merit based scholarship awarded to 40-50 students per year on the basis of outstanding accomplishments and potential in scholarship, leadership, service and character.
  • Valedictorian, North Carolina State University
    • Class of 2012


  • 3D Haptic interface using photonic sensing in poroelastic foams.
    • Provisional Patent Application No. 62/444,581.
    • Filed January 10, 2017.
  • Stretchable electroluminescent devices and methods of making and using same.
    • PCT Patent Application No. PCT/US16/60346.
    • Filed November 3, 2016.

Work Experience

  • Engineer, Holocene Technologies (November 2011 – July 2013)
    • Responsible for mechanical and thermal design of solar thermal heating systems for commercial installations.
    • Interfaced with clients and contractors to develop system specifications.
    • Produced designs for manufacture and oversaw production
    • Developed electronic system to control and monitor energy production
  • Researcher, ZeMA – Zentrum für Mechatronik und Automatisierungstechnik (Center for Mechatronics and Automation) (May 2011 – December 2011)
    • Worked within Dr. Seelecke’s Multifuntional Materials Systems Lab (MMSL).
    • Designed Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) actuated mechanical bat designed to mimic motion of tendons in biological bats.
    • Resulting 3D printed models are on display at the Natural Science Museum in Raleigh, NC.
  • Researcher, University of Hawaii and Manoa (May 2010 – August 2010)
    • Used ANSYS Fluent to model the accumulated velocity of shipping containers in tsunami conditions.
    • Preliminary results included in an industry newsletter published by Pointwise.
  • Researcher, North Carolina State University (January 2010 – May 2010)
    • Worked in Dr. Seelecke’s Adaptive Structures Lab (ASL)
    • Designed and characterized negative-bias springs (NBS) for coupling with dielectric electro-active polymer (DEAP) actuators.
  • Researcher, Southern Methodist University (June 2009 – July 2009)
    • Worked in Dr. Kovacavic’s Research Center for Advanced Manufacturing (RCAM).
    • Developed mechanical test stand for integrated electron beam/plasma window system.
    • Performed FEA analysis to ensure stand could support the requisite 2000 lb of lead needed for protective lead shield.


  • Cornell:
    • CS 6700: Advanced Artificial Intelligence
    • CS  5780: Machine Learning
    • CS 5643: Physics Based Animation for Computer Graphics
    • MAE 6700: Advanced Dynamics
    • MAE 5730: Intermediate Dynamics and Vibrations
    • MAE 5780: Feedback Control Systems
    • MAE 6950: Smart Materials
    • MAE 6950: Rheology and Processing of Soft Materials
    • CHEME 6400: Polymeric Materials
    • MSE 5210: Properties of Solid Polymers
    • BME 5950: Business as a Second Language