SEC meets at the Flightline Restaurant (formerly High Sierra Grill), 521 Firestone Road
See meal choices below. Please reserve now, choose your meal, and pay now by credit card,
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When Wednesday,  November 14, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM PDT
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Flightline Restaurant (former High Sierra) 
521 Firestone Road
Goleta, CA 93117

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Cheryl Ebner 
Science & Engineering Council of Santa Barbara 
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11-14-18 Adding Soft to Robotics: From gecko-inspired wall-climbing to vine-inspired navigation 

Our November Presentation:  
Natural systems--such as climbing geckos and wandering vines--are incredibly robust, adaptable, and capable of handling uncertainty in their environments. These traits are unfortunately not true about current engineered robotic systems. Dr. Hawkes will discuss efforts to learn from nature by incorporating compliance, or softness, into robots to create new functionality. He will show results from recent work, including gecko-inspired adhesives that allow a human to climb a glass wall and vine-inspired robots that "grow" through challenging environments, such as a forest of nails or, potentially, the tortuous pathways inside the human body. 

Our Speaker:   
Dr. Elliot W. Hawkes is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UCSB. Previously, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Prof. Allison Okamura at Stanford University, received his PhD with Prof. Mark Cutkosky, also at Stanford, and worked in the Harvard Microrobotics Lab and the ETH Multi-scale Robotics Lab. He has received a variety of awards and fellowships, and his work has received press from outlets such as the NY Times, BBC, CellScience, and the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Please reserve by the Monday before the meeting: A reservation allows SEC to provide the restaurant an accurate guarantee of meal amounts and results in faster service. When reserving, make a meal choice. You can pay in advance by credit card or at the door with check or cash. Remember you are always welcome as a walk-in member or guest without a reservation. 

Meal Choices: All meals are the same price. Please choose one when you reserve, to provide a count for the restaurant. Pay when you reserve, or walk-in and pay at the door.

  • Tri-Tip Sandwich
  • Smoked Turkey-Bacon Sandwich
  • High Sierra Chicken-Apple-Pecan Salad
  • Portobello Mushroom Sandwich with lettuce, tomato, onion
Drinks:  Diet soda, iced tea, lemonade and water are available.

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Plan now for upcoming SEC meetings:

December 12:  Joshua Haggmark, Santa Barbara Water Resources Manager, speaking on desalination technology