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William Stewart

Assistant Professor


214 Heavy Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-2300

Contact Info
Phone: (631) 632-8342

Lab Website: The Soft Flyers Group


  • North Carolina State University, Aerospace Engineering, Ph.D. 2018
  • North Carolina State University, Aerospace Engineering, M.S. 2014
  • North Carolina State University, Aerospace Engineering, B.S. 2012

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Stony Brook University, 2022 – present
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, 2018 – 2022

Research Interests and History

William Stewart joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the Fall of 2022. Prof. Stewart’s research interest primarily lies in multimodal robotics. In particular, he is interested in eclectic robot design, drawing principles from a wide range of sources such as soft robotics, biology, and science fiction. He aims to develop new technologies that can expand the capabilities of aerial, ground, underwater, and soft robotics in challenging environments, increasing overall robustness and safety. These aims are achieved through practical modeling, rigorous experimentation, and full vehicle validation. He serves as a reviewer for many journals including Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, Robotics and Automation Letters, and Springer Nature Applied Sciences.