Learning the secret of flight from a bird was a good deal like learning the secret of magic from a magician.
Orville Wright
Inspired by the birds we admire our group encourages teamwork to integrate different disciplines in individual research projects & have some fun!
Credit: Islay Pictures Photoblog

We enjoy lab outings and socials every quarter.

Lab outing to the iFly vertical wind tunnel in Union City
Credit: Andreas Haselsteiner and our amazingly fun flight instructor (big thumbs up!)
Spaghetti Finite Element Analysis of our experimental setup designs (another excuse for some fun in the lab :)
Credit: David Lentink and Nnaluci (spaghettoni pugliesi)
Lab celebration of Fourth of July with a potluck picnic and a soccer game at Crissy field near the Golden Gate Bridge.
Credit: Eirik Ravnan and a friendly stranger who took our photo.

Principal Investigator

David Lentink


Assistant Professor

Mechanical Engineering

PhD cum laude, 2008, Experimental Zoology, Wageningen.
MS 2003, Aerospace Engineering, Delft.
BS 2003, Aerospace Engineering, Delft.


Group Support

Tammy Liaw


Program Administrator

Mechanical Engineering

BS 2014, Mechanical Engineering, Duke University

Group Members

Marc Deetjen


Graduate Student

Mechanical Engineering

MS 2017, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University.
BS 
2014, Mechanical Science & Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Project 3D shape measurement using a high-speed camera-projector system.

Diana Chin


Graduate Student

Mechanical Engineering

MS 2016, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University.
BS 
2014, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University.
Project Aerodynamic force generation during bird flight.

Laura Matloff


Graduate Student

Mechanical Engineering

MS 2016, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
BS 
2013, Mechanical Engineering, MIT
Project Design and manufacturing of bird-inspired morphing winged robots.

Ben Hightower


Graduate Student

Mechanical Engineering

MS 2016, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
BS 
2014, Mechanical Engineering and Material Science and Engineering, UC Berkeley.
Project Performance and aeroacoustics of flight.

Eric Chang


Graduate Student

Mechanical Engineering

MS 2017, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University.
BS 
2015, Mechanical Engineering, Arizona State University.
Project Design and manufacturing of pigeon-inspired robots.

Will Roderick


Graduate Student

Mechanical Engineering

MS 2017, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University.
BS 
2015, Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University.
Project Bio-inspired UAV design for arboreal perching in collaboration with the BDML.

Lindsie Jeffries


Graduate Student

Mechanical Engineering

BS 2017, Biomedical Engineering, University of Arizona.

Kenneth Hoffmann


Graduate Student

Mechanical Engineering

BS 2017, Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Project Aerial Robotics.

Sebastian Hendrickx-Rodriguez


Graduate Student

Mechanical Engineering

BS 2018, Physics and Mathematics, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology