Jeffrey Ackerman

Teaching Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Head shot of Dr. Jeff Ackerman in front of bookshelfJeff received a PhD in ME from Purdue University, studying the dynamics of legged locomotion while carrying heavy loads with highly-compliant suspension systems. His PhD work with Dr. Justin Seipel at Purdue was funded by an NSF grant and the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG). Jeff was a visiting assistant professor in ME at Purdue and worked as a Design Engineer at BraunAbility, the leading vehicle wheelchair lift and ramp manufacturer. Prior to joining Mines, he became the president of startup company Prehensile Technologies, which develops robotic assistive technology for people with disabilities (see feature in NPR’s All Tech Considered). Jeff also developed The Eco Face Shield — a fully recyclable plastic face shield — during COVID (featured on CBS Denver). Jeff is passionate about design, robotics, biomechanics, 3D printing, prototyping, and entrepreneurship. He incorporates real-life examples from his own entrepreneurial activities into his project-based classes in ME. He is also the adviser for the Mines Makers Society.


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  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, SUNY at Buffalo

Research Areas

  • Design, Robotics, Biomechanics

Selected Publications

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Recent Courses

MEGN 200: Programming and Hardware Interface

MEGN 301: Mechanical Integration and Design

MEGN 481: Machine Design

MEGN 201: Design and Fabrication