Invited Lecture: Dr. Jake Socha – “What can insects teach us about how to move fluids at the microscale?”

Dr. Socha is an organismal biomechanist studying the relationship between form and function in animals, with a broad range of projects involving locomotion, breathing and feeding. Current work focuses on gliding flight in snakes, mechanics of convection in compressible tracheal structures in insects, and dynamics of pumping in liquid feeders such as butterflies and ants. Dr. Socha is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Virginia Tech.

More information on Dr. Socha’s work can be found here.