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Hello

I'm Clark Teeple,
a PhD Candidate in Robotics

at Harvard University

I make {soft, gentle, safe} robotic hands.

Education

PhD Candidate in Engineering Sciences (Robotics)

Harvard University

2016-Present

I study soft robotic hands for a variety of real-world applications including deep-sea sampling, precise grasping, and in-hand manipulation

B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering

University of Michigan

2012-2016

Experience

Harvard Microrobotics Lab

2016-Present

PhD Candidate

I study soft robotic hands for a variety of real-world applications including deep-sea sampling, precise grasping, and in-hand manipulation

Harvard Microrobotics Lab

PhD Candidate

2016-Present

I study soft robotic hands for a variety of real-world applications including deep-sea sampling, precise grasping, and in-hand manipulation

Vibration and Acoustics Laboratory: Microsystems, University of Michigan

2015-2016

Undergraduate Research Assisant

My work involved studying locomotion of small-scale legged robots. Our robots used piezoelectric bending actuators to move the legs at very high frequencies.

Vibration and Acoustics Laboratory: Microsystems, University of Michigan

Undergraduate Research Assisant

2015-2016

My work involved studying locomotion of small-scale legged robots. Our robots used piezoelectric bending actuators to move the legs at very high frequencies.

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Summer 2015

Summer Intern

I worked in the Chemical, Microsystems, and Nanoscale Technology group. I developed control systems and a LabVIEW user interface to automate the operation of a mobile mass spectrometry platform for use in improving canine explosives detection training.

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Summer Intern

Summer 2015

I worked in the Chemical, Microsystems, and Nanoscale Technology group. I developed control systems and a LabVIEW user interface to automate the operation of a mobile mass spectrometry platform for use in improving canine explosives detection training.

Lahann Laboratory, University of Michigan

2013-2015

Undergraduate Research Assisant

I developed a LabVIEW / CAD interface to expand the capabilities of the lab’s existing tissue engineering scaffold manufacturing process. I then used this new interface to design and manufacture novel scaffold architectures.

Lahann Laboratory, University of Michigan

Undergraduate Research Assisant

2013-2015

I developed a LabVIEW / CAD interface to expand the capabilities of the lab’s existing tissue engineering scaffold manufacturing process. I then used this new interface to design and manufacture novel scaffold architectures.

Kandu Incorperated

Summer 2013

Manufacturing Engineering Intern

I designed and built fixtures to aid physically/mentally disabled clients with production tasks. I also analyzed production lines in order to improve product flow and increase efficiency.

Kandu Incorperated

Manufacturing Engineering Intern

Summer 2013

I designed and built fixtures to aid physically/mentally disabled clients with production tasks. I also analyzed production lines in order to improve product flow and increase efficiency.

Leadership

Community Outreach Lead

SEAS Graudate Council, Harvard University

2019-Present

Leading a team of 8 dedicated grad students, I strive to push the Engineering School's community outreach activities to the next level. From volunteering at FIRST robotics competitions, to serving meals at local homeless shelters, our goal is to make it easier for grad students to volunteer!

STEM Outreach Co-Lead

Harvard Microrobotics Lab, Harvard University

2016-Present

I help coordinate our lab's efforts to attend local STEM expos and science fairs. Our lab is excited about outreach, and I am excited about coordinating it!

Co-President

SEAS Graudate Council, Harvard University

2017-2019

As co-president of the SEAS-GC, I helped to plan and excecute social, professional, and outreach events in an effort to improve student life at SEAS. In addition, I worked to change the focus and mission of the organization to appeal more to students, and lead efforts to improve visibility.

Campus Outreach Officer

Tau Beta Pi, University of Michigan

Spring 2016

I worked to improve student life for all engineering students. As the manager of TBP's engineering tutoring service, I improved the speed and ease of requesting tutors by designing an online request system. Additionally, I worked to improve mental health through free breakfast for students every week.

Awards & Honors

Bok Center Excellence in Teaching Award

Harvard University - 2019

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Harvard University - 2017-2020

RISE Best Paper Award

Research, Innovation, Service and Entrepreneurship (RISE), University of Michigan - 2016

Active Member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society

University of Michigan - 2014-2016

Teaching

Engineering Sciences 51 - Computer Aided Machine Design

Teaching Fellow, Harvard University

Fall 2018

An undergraduate-level class exploring the basics of mechanical engineering. In teams, students design, build, and test remote-controlled robots! I was in charge of two lab sections, held office hours, and graded asignments.

Outreach

Jan. 2020

Guest Presenter

Science on Screen Jr.

Coolidge Corner Theatre (Brookline, MA)

I presented exciting current research on soft robots, microrobots, and swarms as an introductions to the film Big Hero 6.

Dec. 2017, 2018, 2019

Judge

Massachusetts Championship - East

FIRST Robotics Lego League (FLL)

I've judged all three areas (Robot design, project, and core values)

Nov. 2017, 2018, 2019

Judge

Newton Qualifier Tournament

FIRST Robotics Lego League (FLL)

I've judged all three areas (Robot design, project, and core values)

April 2016, 2017, 2018

STEM Expo Attendee

Cambridge Science Festival

w/ Harvard Microrobotics Lab

We were part of the "Robot Zoo". We had a booth and showed off some cool demos of robots that we make in our lab.

March 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020

STEM Expo Attendee

Boston Public Schools Science Fair

w/ Harvard Microrobotics Lab

We had a booth and showed off some cool demos of robots that we make in our lab.

Dec. 2016

Team Spirit / Coaches Award Judge

Newton Qualifier Tournament

FIRST Robotics Lego League (FLL)

Judged teamwork and team spirit by interviewing teams in the setup area

Nov. 2016, 2018

STEM Expo Attendee

New Hampsire Tech Fest

w/ Harvard Microrobotics Lab

We had a booth and showed off some cool demos of robots that we make in our lab.

2014-2016

Volunteer

Roughly 3-4 STEM-related outreach events each semester.

Tau Beta Pi

During my undergrad at UMich, I volunteered with Tau Beta Pi at a variety of STEM outreach events promoting engineering and science to children. Our target group was usually students from underpriveleged communities in the areas surrounding Ann Arbor.

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Publications

C.B. Teeple, T.N. Koutros, M.A. Graule, and R.J. Wood,
International Journal of Robotics Research
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2020
N.R. Sinatra, C.B. Teeple, D.M. Vogt, K.K. Parker, D.F. Gruber, and R.J. Wood,
Science Robotics
,
2019
C.B. Teeple, K.P. Becker, and R.J. Wood,
IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)
,
2018
J. Qu, C.B. Teeple, B. Zhang and K.R. Oldham,
2018 International Conference on Manipulation, Automation and Robotics at Small Scales (MARSS)
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2018
B.T. Phillips, K.P. Becker, S. Kurumaya, K.C. Galloway, G. Whittredge, D.M. Vogt, C.B. Teeple, M.H. Rosen, V.A. Pieribone, D.F. Gruber, and R.J. Wood,
Scientific Reports
,
2018
J.H. Jordahl, L. Solorio, H. Sun, S. Ramcharan, C.B. Teeple, H.R. Haley, … and J. Lahann,
Advanced Materials
,
2018
J. Zhang, C.B. Teeple, J. Choi, S. Kang, J.E. Rivas, and K.R. Oldham,
IEEE International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM)
,
2017

Projects

(2019-Present)
I wrote some useful high-level ROS packages to coordinate a UR5e arm with my custom pressure control system for soft hands.
(2018-Present)
Smooth pressure control is a useful and straightforward way to control soft robotic fingers. I built a custom pneumatic control system for my research, including some pretty sophisticated firmware.
(2019-Present)
I needed a central place to document a bunch of random procedures and commands I use daily. I am also documenting how I built the documentation site (doc-ception).
  • Web Dev.
(2017-2019)
I was tired of needing to go through Harvard Library to access every paper. I could use the Harvard VPN, but for those times when I don't want to install it, I made this useful chrome extension!
  • Web Dev.