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Adam Wickenheiser

Adam Wickenheiser

Associate Professor
110 Spencer Lab
Newark, Delaware 19716
Phone: 302-831-8143

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PhD | Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University
MS | Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University
BS | Mechanical Engineering (minor in Applied Mathematics), Cornell University


Adam Wickenheiser is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware.  He received his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University in 2008 in the area of bioinspired flight control and trajectory optimization.  He subsequently conducted postdoctoral research at Cornell on piezoelectric energy harvesting.  From 2010-2018 he was an Assistant Professor at the George Washington University before joining the University of Delaware in 2018.

His research interests are in the areas of bio-inspired aircraft and control architectures, adaptive structures, smart materials, and reinforcement learning-based control strategies.  He also conducts research on leveraging online resources to promote communities of computational thinkers among undergraduate students.  His accolades include the 2011 Intelligence Community Young Investigator Award and the 2015 Outstanding Teacher Award for an Assistant Professor from the GW School of Engineering & Applied Science.


  • Clean Energy & Environment
  • Robotics & Controls


  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Dynamics & Control Theory
  • Energy


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