Margaret Coad

Assistant Professor, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

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300A Cushing Hall of Engineering
(574) 631-5688
  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2021
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2017
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015

Current projects: Everything!


Margaret Coad joined the faculty at the University of Notre Dame in the fall of 2021, and she is currently an Assistant Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. She leads the Innovative Robotics and Interactive Systems (IRIS) Lab, which explores the design, modeling, and control of innovative robotic systems to improve human health, safety, and productivity; she also teaches courses in robotics and soft robotics. Prior to joining Notre Dame, she completed her Ph.D. degree in 2021 and M.S. degree in 2017 in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University under the direction of Professor Allison Okamura, and her B.S. degree in 2015 in Mechanical Engineering at MIT. She won the Robotics and Automation Magazine Best Paper Award for 2020 for her work on vine robots, and she has been a finalist for several Best Paper Awards at international robotics conferences. Outside of academics, she plays ultimate frisbee and sings in choir.