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Dustyn Roberts, PhD

Engineer in Residence

Dustyn Roberts, PhD is the Engineer in Residence for Penn Health-Tech and a Practice Associate Professor  in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University (BS in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, Business and Robotics minors), the University of Delaware (MS in Biomechanics & Movement Science), and New York University (PhD in Mechanical Engineering).

Dr. Roberts started her career at Honeybee Robotics as an engineer on the Sample Manipulation System project for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission that launched in 2011. In 2006, she founded Dustyn Robots after consulting for two artists during their residency at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in NYC. She continued consulting projects for students and artists while working full time at Honeybee, eventually consulting full time on projects ranging from gait analysis to designing guided parachute systems. A published author, Dr. Roberts developed a course for NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program in 2007 called Mechanisms and Things That Move which led to the book, Making Things Move: DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists, and Artists

Dr. Roberts is an Advisory Council Member for Newlab. Recently, she was the Co-Founder & COO of Sage Smart Garden, a start-up creating smart irrigation for green rooftops and livings walls. Beyond Penn, she has served on the faculty of New York UniversityUniversity of Delaware, and Temple University