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David Mélançon
B.Eng. (Poly), M.Eng. (McGill), M.Sc. (Harvard), Ph.D. (Harvard)
Student research project(s)

Research interests and affiliations

Research interests
  • Multifunctional Structures
  • Origami & Kirigami
  • Soft Robotics
  • Metamaterials
  • Elastic Instabilities
  • Laboratoire Poly-Stable, Director
Expertise type(s) (NSERC subjects)
  • 1702 Advanced manufacturing
  • 2101 Solid mechanics
  • 2107 Modelling, simulation and finite element methods
  • 2108 Aerospace, aeronautical and automotive engineering


Recent publications
Conference paper
Bray, D., Mélançon, D. & Bertoldi, K. (2022). Exploring structural instabilities in ridge-reinforced soft cylinders [Abstract]. Paper presented at the APS March Meeting 2022, Chicago, Ill. (Published in Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 67(3)). Retrieved from
Mélançon, D. (2022). Functionality through multistability: From deployable structures to soft robots (Ph.D. Thesis, Harvard University).
Journal article
Mélançon, D., Forte, A.E., Kamp, L.M., Gorissen, B. & Bertoldi, K. (2022). Inflatable origami: Multimodal deformation via multistability. Advanced Functional Materials, 32(35). Retrieved from


MEC8470 - Finite Element Analysis in Solid Mechanics


  • Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.), Aerospace Engineering, Polytechnique Montreal
  • Master’s of Engineering (M.Eng.), Mechanical Engineering , McGill
  • Master’s of Science (M.Sc.), Applied Mathematics, Harvard
  • Ph.D., Applied Mathematics, Harvard
  • Post-doc in Applied Sciences and Engineering, Princeton