Dan Dorsch - PhD Student

Research Interests

I am a graduate student in mechanical engineering at MIT. My research is on the design of high performance, clutchless, hybrid transmissions. I have done a wide variety of hands on projects and love designing and building. I worked on setting up MakerWorks at MIT.


  • S.B. MIT 2012
  • S.M. MIT 2015
  • Honors and Awards

  • 2016 Lemelson-MIT "Drive it!" Graduate Prize Winner, 2016
  • R&D 100 Finalist, 2015 (For RoboClam underwater burrowing technology)
  • MIT Mechanical Engineering Research Exhibition 1st Place, 2015
    (Da Vinci Genius Award).
  • James Dyson Foundation Fellowship Award, 2014
  • MIT De Florez Competition 4th place - Graduate Division, 2013
  • MIT Wunsch Foundation Award for Leadership, 2012
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2012
  • Publications

    See Google Scholar Page


    I enjoy a variety of hobbies including building personal projects, RC airplanes, exploring the outdoors, and photography.