(Shields, Charles Wyatt, IV - 2022) -- Fellowships for Science and Engineering
Microscale robots may serve as one of the greatest advancements of this century, with broad implications in medicine and manufacturing, but they are cumbersome to fabricate. The Shields lab is addressing this challenge by making dexterous microscale robots from the assembly of multifunctional building blocks.
The award honors the Shields Lab’s research to develop tiny particles that address large medical challenges, such as drug delivery and disease monitoring. Shields’ team builds microrobots—too small to be detectable by the human eye— to create small-scale systems that perform these sophisticated tasks with relative ease.
Only 20 young investigators win a Packard Fellowship each year. Previous winners have gone on to win the Nobel Prize, the Fields Medal, MacArthur Fellowship and elections to the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.