Jonathan W. Hurst

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

College of Engineering Dean's Professor

313 Graf Hall



Ph.D., Robotics, Carnegie Mellon University, 2008
MS, Robotics, Carnegie Mellon University, 2004
BS, Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2001

Research interests

Dr. Hurst's research focuses on understanding the fundamental science and engineering best practices for legged locomotion. Investigations range from numerical studies and analysis of animal data, to simulation studies of theoretical models, to designing, constructing, and experimenting with legged robots for walking and running. Dr. Hurst is also co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Agility Robotics, licensing university research and applying it to commercial uses for robotic legged mobility. Through both the company and the university research, Dr. Hurst is working towards a day when robots can go where people go, generate greater productivity across the economy, and improve quality of life for all.

He has been at OSU since 2008.