Julianna Abel

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Julianna Abel

Benjamin Mayhugh Assistant Professor,
Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical Engineering
Rm 107
111 Church Street SE





Director of Design of Active Materials and Structures Lab

Ph.D. 2014, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
M.S. 2008, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan
B.S. 2005, Mechanical Engineering, University of Cincinnati

Professional Background

Benjamin Mayhugh Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2014-present

Scientific & Professional Societies
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ASM International (formerly the American Society for Metals)
the International Society of Optics and Photonics (SPIE)


ME Research Areas
Materials & Mechanics
Sensing & Controls

ME Impact Areas
Human Health
Next-Gen Manufacturing
Robotics & Mobility

Research Interests

Julianna Abel is interested in the model-based design of smart materials and structures with an emphasis on geometric and textile-based architectures for the creation of novel actuators, sensors, and energy harvesters. Her research establishes frameworks to design and synthesize smart material technologies to enable new aerospace structures, medical devices, and consumer products.

Research Group
Design of Active Materials and Structures Laboratory (DAMSL) (ME 355)
Teaching Subjects
ME 3222: Mechanisms and Machine Design
ME3221 Lab: Fundamentals of Design and Manufacturing Lab
ME 8243: Topics in Design - Advanced Materials
Honors and Awards
  • C. Weinberg,  S. Cai, J. Shaffer, J. Abel, “Multifunctional Spun Yarns and Textiles from Nickel-Titanium Microfilaments,” Advanced Materials Technologies, 2020, 5, 1901146, DOI
  • K. Eschen, J. Garcia-Barriocanal, and J. Abel, "In-Situ Strain- and Temperature-Control Micro-Diffraction Analysis of Nickel-Titanium Knitted Actuators," Materialia, 11, June 2020, 100684, DOI
  • R. Granberry, K. Eschen, A. Ross, J. Abel, Holschuh, B., “Dynamic Countermeasure Fabrics for Post-Spaceflight Orthostatic Intolerance,” Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance, 2020, 91(6), pp. 525-531, DOI
  • K. Eschen, R. Granberry, and J. Abel, "Guidelines on the design, characterization, and operation of shape memory alloy knitted actuators," Smart Materials and Structures, 2020, 29, 035036, DOI    
  • R. Granberry*, K. Eschen*, B. Holschuh, and J. Abel, "Functionally Graded Knitted Actuators with NiTi-based Shape Memory Alloys for Topographically Self-Fitting Wearables," Advanced Materials Technologies, 2019, 4(11), 1900548, DOI (*authors contributed equally to this work)

Google Scholar Profile

Selected Publications
  • NSF CAREER Award (2020-2025)
  • Toyota Programmable Structures Award (2019-2020)
  • NASA Glenn Faculty Fellow (2016)
  • ASME Adaptive Structures and Material Systems Best Paper Award in Structural Dynamics and Control (2013)