Michelle Rosen

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Michelle Rosen earned her Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences/Mechanical Engineering from Harvard University, where her research focused on the design and fabrication of biologically inspired robotics. She developed the RoboMoth, an insect-scale flapping wing robot that is control- and power-autonomous. She was a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and also served as the outreach coordinator for the Microrobotics Lab. Her current research interests are in the mechanical design, fabrication, and integration of robotics at representative scales with bio-inspired morphologies. 

Since graduation, Dr. Rosen has been lecturing at Harvard, teaching the introductory and capstone engineering courses. She is passionate about active learning and hands-on projects in the engineering classroom. She has also advised many senior theses and served as a first-year academic adviser.    

Prior to arriving at Harvard, Dr. Rosen completed her B.S. in mechanical engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she participated in research in microrobotics and computer vision. In her spare time, Dr. Rosen likes to experiment in the kitchen, play video and board games, and play flute and piccolo.  

“I am so delighted to join The Cooper Union family! I am continually impressed with the strong emphasis the school has placed on inclusive and diverse education and I’m excited to contribute to this mission, especially in elevating women and minorities in STEM. I’m ready to get my hands dirty while building things in the classroom and the lab with some amazing Cooper students. I look forward to meeting all the students and my colleagues in person and helping create the next generation of extraordinary roboticists, researchers, and engineers!”

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