Hi, I'm Walker Gosrich.

  • Ph.D. Candidate in MechE at Penn
  • NSF Fellow and Goldwater Scholar
  • Interested in robotics and science & technology policy

I am a Ph.D. student under Dr. Mark Yim at UPenn, working in the ModLab. I have experience with mobile robotics, grasping, soft robots, and dynamics and control systems. My previous work was with the Napp group at SUNY Buffalo, focusing on distributed autonomous construction using amorphous materials. You can see more of my current and past work here.

Papers and Presentations


  • RSS 2018, Finalist for Best Systems Paper: "Autonomous Adaptive Modification of Unstructured Environments", Maira Saboia, Vivek Thengavelu, Walker Gosrich, and Nils Napp
  • Hilton Head Workshop 2018, Best Paper: "A 3D-printed 1 mg microrobot running at 15 body length/sec", Ryan St. Pierre, Walker Gosrich, and Sarah Bergbreiter
  • IEEE RoboSoft 2018, Finalist for Best Student Paper: "Direct 3D Printing of Silicone Elastomer Soft Robots and Their Performance Comparison with Molded Counterparts", Osman Dogan Yirmibesoglu and John Morrow, Stephanie Walker, Walker Gosrich, Reece Aidan Canizares, Hansung Kim, Uranbileg Daalkhaijav, Chloe Fleming, Callie Branyan, and Yigit Menguc
  • "A Fully Integrated Gripper Optimization System", Walker Gosrich and Nils Napp: Second Place, Silent Hoist and Crane Materials Handling Paper Competition


  • Naval Academy Science and Engineering Conference 2017 and Northeast Robotics Colloquium 2017: "A Robotic Platform for Evaluating Autonomous Construction Methods"
  • Northeast Robotics Colloquium 2016: "A Novel Liquid Metal 3D Printer"
  • Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Conference 2016: "Piezoelectrically Generated Moving Surface Boundary Layer for an Airfoil"
  • Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Conference 2015: "Morphing Wing Aircraft Using Piezoelectric Actuators"

Awards and Honors

  • NSF Fellowship
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
  • UB Presidential Scholarship
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Humanitarian Award
  • Grace W. Capen Academic Award
  • Freshman Engineering Dean's Award
  • SUNY STEM Research Fellowship
  • CURCA Grant


  • Music Director of The Enchords, UB's only Co-Ed a cappella group [Dec. 2016 - present]
  • I direct all rehearsals, organize and program concerts, and run workshops in schools across New York.

  • President and Founder of UB's Pi Tau Sigma, Mechanical Engineering Honors Society [Apr. 2015 - present]
  • I run officer and student body meetings, invite guest speakers, and organize tours of local industries.

  • FAFSA Completion Intern in the Buffalo Public Schools [Aug. 2017 - present]
  • I work in Buffalo Public Schools to increase completion of the FAFSA, allowing students to afford college. So far, the project has increased FAFSA completion by 60% in Buffalo.

  • Hutchinson Technical High School Volunteering Coordinator [Sep. 2015 - May 2017]
  • I coordinated a partnership between Hutch Tech and the UB Honors College. We brought students to UB to learn about college and how to get there, and we regularly tutored high-needs and refugee students at Hutch Tech.

  • Volunteer in BPS #31 [Jan. 2015 - May 2015]
  • I volunteered in a high-needs middle school to foster a Science Olympiad program and to tutor students one-on-one.