About me

I'm a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, working towards my PhD in mechanical engineering. I work in the Biomimetic Millisystems lab under Ron Fearing, and my work focuses on the development of controllable adhesives inspired by geckos. I'm currently interested in issues surrounding adhesion to rough surfaces and how these issues relate to hierarchical structures of controllable adhesives. I work closely with both biologists, chemists and electrical engineers to try and gain a better understanding of these complex systems with the hope of developing materials that can controllably "stick" to a wide variety of rough surfaces. So in short, I'm a mechanical engineering student in an electrical engineering lab working with biologists on materials; so try not to get too dizzy.

Before moving to Berkeley in 2008, I was a resident of Toronto, Canada, where I was born and raised. I did my BASc at the University of Toronto in mechanical engineering, where I spent some time working on electro-active polymers in the Smart and Adaptive Polymers Lab under Hani Naguib. I then spent some time working in industry in a couple different areas before kicking it out to California.

Playing with a rather rare speces of gecko during a visit to Kellar Autumns lab in Portland, Or.

If you need to get in touch, you can fire me an email: andrew.gillies [at] gmail