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Dr. Michael M. Porter

Assistant Professor

Office: 246 Fluor Daniel Building
Phone: (864) 656-1307
Fax: (864) 656-4435

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Michael M. Porter joined the Department in 2014 as an Assistant Professor after completing his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at U.C. San Diego. His research interests lie at the intersection of biology, materials science, and mechanical engineering. As an experimentalist working in the field of biomimicry, he studies selected natural systems (biological materials and organisms) to inspire, design and engineer new methods, materials, structures, mechanical devices and robotics. His work in bioinspired design aims to develop new technologies for use beyond their intended practical applications, as functional models to explore the morphology, material properties, biomechanics, and evolution of natural systems. He is a member of the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS), the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB), and the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM).


Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, San Diego, 2014
M.S. Biological Engineering, University of Hawaii, 2010
B.S. Engineering Science and Mechanics, Virginia Tech, 2007

Research Interests

Biomimetics and bioinspired design, multi-material systems (ceramics and polymers), articulating structures and biorobotics, biological materials science, experimental mechanics

Selected Publications 

1. Porter M.M., Ravikumar N., Barthelat F., Martini R. “3D-printing and mechanics of bioinspired articulated and multi-material structures.” Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials. (In Press) Invited Special Issue

2. Naleway S., Taylor J., Porter M.M., Meyers M., McKittrick J. “Structure and mechanical properties of selected protective systems in marine organisms.” Materials Science and Engineering: C. 59: 1143-1167. (2016)

3. Porter M.M., Adriaens D., Hatton R., Meyers M., McKittrick J. “Why the seahorse tail is square.” Science. 349(6243): aaa6683. (2015) Featured in Nature

4. Porter M.M., Imperio R., Wen M., Meyers M., McKittrick J. “Bioinspired scaffolds with varying pore architectures and mechanical properties.” Advanced Functional Materials. 24(14): 1978-1987. (2014) Featured on Journal Cover

5. Porter M.M., Novitskaya E., Castro-Ceseña A., Meyers M., McKittrick J. “Highly deformable bones: unusual deformation mechanisms of seahorse armor.” Acta Biomaterialia. 9(6): 6763-6770. (2013) Featured as Editors’ Pick

Michael M. Porter