Post Doctoral Research Associate
200 Boston Avenue
Medford, MA 02155
Prior to coming to Tufts, Whitney attended Washington University in St.
Louis, where she majored in mechanical engineering and minored in robotics
and writing. It was there she developed a passion for robotics and controls,
two areas she continued to study in greater depth at Tufts. In addition to
her engineering pursuits, Whitney enjoys writing fiction and hopes to finish
her first book within the next few years.
Ph.D., Tufts University, 2017
M.S., Tufts University, 2014
B.S., Washington University in St. Louis, 2012
Whitney is working on connecting various devices to the Internet of Things
Whitney is interested in different ways we can integrate robots into our
lives, specifically in the field of prosthetics and unmanned/autonomous
- Crooks, W., Rozen-Levy, S., Trimmer, B., Rogers, C., &
Messner, W. (2017). Passive gripper inspired by Manduca sexta
and the Fin Ray® Effect. International Journal of Advanced
Robotic Systems, 14(4), 1729881417721155.
- Crooks, W., Vukasin, G., O’Sullivan, M., Messner, W., &
Rogers, C. (2016). Fin Ray® Effect Inspired Soft Robotic
Gripper: From the RoboSoft Grand Challenge toward Optimization.
Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 3, 70.
- Crooks, W. (2014, March). Using social networking to develop
advanced control strategies for soft robots. Poster presented at
National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance Open, San
- Crooks, W. J. (2013, May). Using social networking to
develop advanced control strategies for soft robots.Poster/video
session presented online at the 2013 IGERT poster competition on
- Crooks, W., Rogers, C., & Trimmer, B. (2015, June). Using
Social Media to Crowdsource Strategies for Soft-bodied Robots.
7th International Symposium on Adaptive Motion of Machines and
Animals. Boston, MA. Paper Submitted.