Zahra Navabi


Graduate Student


University of Minnesota, Biomedical Engineering (Current)


University of Minnesota Duluth, Mechanical Engineering (2018)


Shahid Behesdi University, Iran, Atomic Physics (2015)


Zahra Received here B.S in atomic physics from Shahid Beheshti University in Iran and earned her master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota Duluth. She designed and made the first prototype of a soft actuator for soft continuum arms using the bistability of silicone elastomer as her master's thesis. She is working on developing novel optical neural interfaces at the Biosensing and Biorobotics Laboratory.



Navabi, Z. S., & Zhou, D. (2018, September). A Novel Soft Actuator for Continuum Soft Robot Arm. In Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Biomedical Engineering and Bioinformatics (pp. 138-143). ACM.


HOnors and awards

The Best Graduate Teacher assistant of the department of mechanical and industrial engineering University of Minnesota Duluth 2016-2017

2nd rank in Iran’s national Ph.D. entrance exam for Machine Intelligence and Robotics 2015