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Jared Butler

Assistant Professor


  • School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs
  • Engineering Design
  • Mechanical Engineering

213 Hammond Building

Research Website

Research Areas:

Engineering Design

Interest Areas:

Mechanical System Design, including Compliant Mechanisms, Origami-Inspired Mechanisms, Developable Mechanisms, Space Mechanisms, Medical Devices; Budding Interest: Design Pedagogy




  • BS, Physics, Utah State University, 2014
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University, 2017
  • Ph D, Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University, 2020


Journal Articles

  • Jared Butler, Jacob Greenwood, Larry Howell and Spencer Magleby, 2021, "Limits of Extramobile and Intramobile Motion of Cylindrical Developable Mechanisms", Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, 13, (1)
  • Jared Butler, Jacob Greenwood, Larry Howell and Spencer Magleby, , "Bistability in Cylindrical Developable Mechanisms Through the Principle of Reflection", Journal of Mechanical Design

Research Projects

Honors and Awards

  • Compliant Mechanism Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, August 2019


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