"Professor Jian Dai has made a pioneering contribution to mechanical engineering, most notably by his contributions to the fundamental theory, design and applications of mechanisms and robotic systems. He is particularly noted for having introduced the concept of metamorphic and reconfigurable mechanisms that can be folded and re-erected in an origami-style approach to form mobile or multi-functional devices. Many of these mechanisms have been taken forward to commercialisation by university spin-outs and major industries. He received the DED Mechanisms and Robotics Award established in 1974 and was the 58th recipient of the most prestigious ASME Machine Design Award established in 1958."

—— cited from the RAE website


RAE Website: The Royal Academy of Engineering

ASME Transactions: Journal of Mechanical Design article on Jian Dai's FREng


2020 ASME Machine Design Award

--- the 58th recipient since 1958

Professor Dai is the 58th recipient since the Award was established in 1958 “for pioneering contributions in establishing the field of reconfigurable mechanisms and the subfield of metamorphic mechanisms; and for making a lasting impact through research, application, teaching and service that made it possible to bridge the gap between versatile but expensive robots and efficient but non-flexible machines."

—— cited from Award Recommendation


Website: ASME Machine Design Award

ASME Release: NEW YORK, Feb. 16, 2021

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2015 DED Mechanisms and Robotics Award

--- the 27th recipient since 1974

Professor Dai has made a lasting impact on reconfigurable mechanisms through his contributions to theoretical study, mechanism innovation, applications and societal services and by exploring the screw system relationship for revealing kinematics and constraint variation that affect mechanism reconfigurability and for establishing a way of mobility analysis.

—— cited from Award Recommendation


Wikipedia: DED Mechanisms and Robotics Award

Editorial: Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics