Welcome to SMARTI lab

The Sychterz (SICK-teshj) Modular Adaptive Resilient Transformable Infrastructure lab combines structural engineering with architecture, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering to study large-scale controllable structures. We build and investigate these structural systems that can undergo large and small shape changes to address the challenges of our ever-evolving environment.


August 30, 2021 – Ann (lead-PI) wins Discovery Partners Institute grant with Dr. Hajj, Dr. Sneed, and Dr. Shaffer.

August 25 – SMARTI lab attends the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Symposium 2020/2021 with papers by Heather, Angshuman, and Sagnik

August 20 – SMARTI lab welcomes new MS students Kaylee Tucker, Matt Grendzinski, and Juan Torres!

August 4, 2021 – Ann wins the Gies College of Business ORMIR faculty fellow award

July 1, 2021 – Ann (co-PI) wins Illinois Center of Transportation grant with Dr. Baser and Dr. Tom to study Measurement While Drilling (MWD)

June 8, 2021 – Ann (lead-PI) wins the Academy of Excellence for Engineering Education  Strategic Instructional Innovations Program (SIIP) with Dr. Uihlein, Dr. Henschen, and Dr. Garg

May 26, 2021 – Ann presents work at EMI/PMC 2021 conference on pill bug-shaped origami structures

May 26-29, 2021 – SMARTI lab attends Canadian Society for Civil Engineers virtual annual conference 2021 in full force, good luck Heather, Angshuman, and Sagnik!

April 27, 2021 – Ann gets interviewed as external reviewer for Wired magazine [see article here]

April 25, 2021 –  SMARTI lab’s first accepted journal paper “Active Control for Adaptive Origami Structures Undergoing Damage” in Engineering Structures by Sychterz and Baruah [see article here]

March 29, 2021 – Ann gives talk at ENAC EPFL, Switzerland

March 12, 2021 – Ann gives talk at Beckman Institute Autonomous Materials Systems Group

March 10, 2021 – Ann gives talk at Construction Materials Seminar

March 4, 2021 – Ann gives talk at Illinois Transportation and Highway Engineering Conference

February 19, 2021 – Ann gives talk at UIUC Structures Conference

February 12, 2021 – Ann awarded Levenick Sustainable Teaching Fellow

February 12, 2021 – Ann gives talk at Carnegie Mellon University Advanced Infrastructure Systems group

January 1, 2021 – Angshuman continues with SMARTI lab for his PhD

October 29, 2020 – Ann Sychterz named Beckman Institute Faculty Affiliate

September 2, 2020 – SMARTI lab’s new Stratasys Object 500 Connex3 multi-material 3D polymer printer is up and running

August 15, 2020 – Heather Gathman joins SMARTI lab for her masters, welcome

August 15, 2020 – Sagnik Paul joints SMARTI lab for his PhD, welcome

August 1, 2020 – Angshuman Baruah joins SMARTI lab as a master’s RA, welcome

July 27, 2020 – Ann Sychterz and Nishant Garg to work on an aluminum tensegrity bike canopy SEE Campus as a Living Lab

July 14, 2020 –  Ann Sychterz named NCSA Faculty Fellow