Joshua Schultz, PhD

Joshua Schultz, PhD
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering & Natural Sciences
Mechanical Engineering
918-631-3846 Website Stephenson Hall Room 2035


PhD – Georgia Institute of Technology MS – Vanderbilt University BS – Tufts University


Joshua Schultz's research focuses primarily on soft robotics, in particular the role of small on-off cell-like units linked together by compliant material to generate motion as a whole.  Because of the discretized, decentralized nature of these devices, this also involves control of quantized systems.  He is also interested in properties of anthropomorphic hands and the role of compliance in grasping & manipulation.

Research Interests

Anthropomorphic Robotic Hands
Robotic Grasping and Dexterous Manipulation
System Dynamics of Biologically-inspired Systems
Modeling and Control of Discretized Muscle-like
Soft robotics

Teaching Interests

System Dynamics and Control


Journal Articles

  • Schultz, Joshua, and Jun Ueda. “Nested Piezoelectric Cellular Actuators for a Biologically Inspired Camera Positioning Mechanism.” IEEE Transactions on Robotics 29.5 (2013): 1125–1138. Print.

  • Schultz, Joshua, and Jun Ueda. “Two-Port Network Models for Compliant Rhomboidal Strain Amplifiers.” IEEE Transactions on Robotics 29.1 (2013): 42–54. Print.

  • Schultz, Joshua, and Jun Ueda. “Experimental Verification of Discrete Switching Vibration Suppression.” Mechatronics, IEEE/ASME Transactions on 17.2 (2012): 298–308. Print.

Conference Proceedings

  • Schultz, Joshua, and Peter Hawrylak. “Modular Actution Systems: A Scalable Solution for Delivering Robotic Performance.” Proceeding of the Robot Makers Workshop: The Future of Digital Rapid Design and Fabrication of Robots (RoMa), Robotics: Science and Systems Conference. 2014. 1–2. Print.

  • Martell, Michael, and Joshua Schultz. “Multiport Modeling of Force and Displacement in Elastic Transmissions for Underactuated Hands.” Proceedings of the 2014 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems. 2014. 1074–1079. Print.

  • Schultz, Joshua, and Jun Ueda. “A Camera Positioner Driven by Muscle-like Actuation.” 2012 4th IEEE RAS & EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob). Ieee, 2012. 719–724. Print.

  • Schultz, Joshua, and Jun Ueda. “Analysis of Antagonist Stiffness for Nested Compliant Mechanisms in Agonist-Antagonist Arrangements.” ASME 2011 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference and Bath/ASME Symposium on Fluid Power and Motion Control, Volume 2. Vol. 2011. ASME, 2011. 407–410. Print.

  • Schultz, Joshua, and Jun Ueda. “Intersample Discretization of Control Inputs for Flexible Systems with Quantized Cellular Actuation.” The 2010 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC’10). American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2010. Print.

  • Schultz, Joshua, and Jun Ueda. “Discrete Switching Vibration Suppression for Flexible Systems with Redundant Actuation.” 2009 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics. IEEE, 2009. 544–549. Print.

Courses Taught

  • Research and Dissertation
  • Independent Study
  • System Dynamics and Controls
  • Research and Thesis
  • Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering
  • Introduction to Dynamics

Professional Affiliations

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Awards & Honors

  • Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Scholar