The Simons Foundation Pivot Fellowship program supports researchers who have a strong track record of success and achievement in their current field, as well as a deep interest, curiosity and drive to make contributions to a new discipline. This year, one of the remarkable researchers chosen for the Simons Foundation Pivot Fellowship is CEE’s own Evgueni Filipov.
Filipov is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan. At Michigan, he leads the Deployable and Reconfigurable Structures Lab, where his research is focused on the structural mechanics of thin origami sheets. These unique geometric mechanics are explored and strategically tailored to create deployable, adaptable and functional systems at multiple scales.
Through the Simons Foundation Pivot Fellowship, Professor Filipov will advance his research, bringing his knowledge into the field of biomaterials where he will explore regenerative infrastructure made by growing mycelium fungus within a knitted fabric scaffold. He will explore the mechanics of biomaterials over their lifecycle and will create mechanics-based models to simulate, design and optimize the behavior of biohybrid systems. Ultimately this effort aims to create low-cost regenerative infrastructure with a small CO2 footprint that can grow, strengthen, regrow and self-heal over time.
On behalf of CEE, we extend our congratulations to Professor Filipov for this achievement. We look forward to seeing his continued success as a Simons Foundation Pivot Fellow.