Tufts University  |  School of Engineering  |  Find People  | 


Whitney Crooks
Post Doctoral Research Associate

Contact Info:
200 Boston Avenue
Suite G810
Medford, MA 02155

Phone: 617-627-5888
Fax: 617-627-4760

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

CEEO Responsibilities:
Whitney is working on connecting various devices to the Internet of Things using LabVIEW.

Research Interests:
Whitney is interested in different ways we can integrate robots into our lives, specifically in the field of prosthetics and unmanned/autonomous vehicles.


  • 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 Diego, California.
  • 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 IGERT.org.
  • 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.