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Saurabh Mhatre

Innovative multi-disciplinary designer and researcher with 8 years of experience in creating user-centric designs that seamlessly blend form and function. As a creative professional with a passion for design and science, my work lies at the intersection of these fields, combining aesthetics with analytical thinking to drive innovation and solve complex problems.

Research in Architecture and Design is an emerging field as compared to the Sciences. I place myself at the novel intersection of Design, Architecture, Science, and Technology. I have worked on projects dealing with the 3d printing of ceramic and concrete, deployable mechanisms and medical devices, programmable responsive materials, dynamic phase change metamaterials, carbon fiber composites, and folding robots in collaboration with Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Wyss Institute of Biological Engineering, and the Autodesk Build Space.

I have published scientific papers in journals like Advanced Functional Materials, Extreme Mechanics Letters, etc., and patented a deployable mechanism (Kiriform). Operating at the intersection of these diverse fields puts me in a novel position to apply knowledge and methods from one to the other and work under the emerging field of ‘Transdisciplinary’ design.

Research/Publications Highlights

Mhatre, S., Bechthold, M., & Sayegh, A. “Deployable Kiriform Flexures“. Patent No. US20200231430, 2020 . (Patent Issued)

Dutto, A., Zanini, M., Jeoffroy, E., Tervoort, E., Mhatre, S. A., Seibold, Z. B., Bechthold, M., Studart, A. R., 3D Printing of Hierarchical Porous Ceramics for Thermal Insulation and Evaporative Cooling. Advanced. Material Technologies 2022, 2201109. (Selected as Advanced Material Technologies ‘Best of 2022’. One of twenty-five papers selected out of 2000 submissions)

Bechthold, M.†, Seibold, Z.† & Mhatre, S. “Post-tensioned ceramic structures: design, analysis, and prototyping”. Archit. Struct. Constr.2022. (Best Paper ICSA 2022 5th International Conference on Structures and Architecture , Aalborg, Denmark)

Mhatre, S.†, Fernandes, M.†, Forte, A., Zhao, B., Mesa, O., Weaver, J., Bechthold, M., and Bertoldi, K. ‘Surface Texture Modulation via Buckling in Porous Inclined Mechanical Metamaterials’ in Extreme Mechanics Letters, 2021. (Front Cover)

Mhatre, S†., Boatti, E†., Melancon, D., Zareei, A., Dupont, M., Bechthold, M., Bertoldi, K., Deployable Structures Based on Buckling of Curved Beams Upon a Rotational Input. Advanced. Functional. Materials. 2021, 2101144. (Back Cover)

Ugarte, J.P, Mhatre, S., Norman, S., Bechthold, M. “Extruded Tessellations: A novel structural ceramic system at the intersection of industrial ceramic extrusion and CNC fabrication “. Proceeding of 24th SIGraDi Conference – Transformative Design. Medellín, Colombia, Nov 18- 20, 2020 .

Mesa, O.†, Mhatre, S†., & Bechthold, M. “Woven Compliant Composites” in Proceedings of Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design (eCAADe): Anthropologic. T.U Berlin,Sept 16-17, 2020.

Mhatre, S†., Mesa, O†., & Aukes, D. “CREASE: Synchronous gait by minimizing actuation through folded geometry-2 “. in International Journal of Architectural Computing (IJAC), 2020.

Seibold, Z; Mhatre, S; Alhadidi, S; García del Castillo y López, J.L; Bechthold, M: “Janus Printing: Co-extrusion based Multi-material Additive Manufacturing for Ceramics” in Proceedings: of the 39th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), 2019, Austin (TX)

Mhatre, S†, Mesa, O†, Singh, M and Aukes, D: “CREASE – Synchronized Gait Through Folded Geometry” in Proceedings of the 37th eCAADe and 23rd SIGraDi Conference (Architecture in the Age of the 4th Industrial Revolution) – Volume 3, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal, 11-13 September 2019, pp. 197-206

Seibold, Z; Hinz, K; Garcia del Castillo, J.L; Alonso, N.M; Mhatre, S; Bechthold, M: “Ceramic Morphologies: Precision and Control in Paste-Based Additive Manufacturing” in Proceedings of ACADIA Conference: Re/Calibration: On Imprecision and Infidelity, Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture, 2018.

Mesa, O., Mhatre, S., Grinham. J., Norman, S., Stavric, M., Sayegh, A., and Bechthold, M.: Non-Linear Matters: Auxetic Surfaces. in Proceedings of ACADIA, 2017, pp. 392 – 403

Singh, M., Mhatre, S., Syn Chee Mah, D., & Harvard University. Graduate School of Design. (2015). Embedded Materiality : ‘Super Absorbent Polymers’ in Architecture.

Sikorska, J.E., Y. Tong, C.D. Silva, M. Singh, and S. Mhatre. 2015. “PneuForm: Interacting with Physical Form through Dynamic Replication.” In ACM International Conference Proceeding Series.

Tong, Yi, Juli Edyta Sikorska, Clark Della Silva, Malika Singh, and Saurabh Mhatre. 2015. “Light Share: Sharing Illumination the Tangible Way.” In Proceedings of the 2015 British HCI Conference, 305–306. British HCI ’15. New York, NY, USA: Association for Computing Machinery.

Dickey R., Huang J., Mhatre S.” Objects of Rotation”. In: McGee W., Ponce de Leon M. (eds) Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art, and Design 2014. Springer, Cham.


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  • Masters in Design Technology, Harvard Graduate School of Design , 2015
  • Bachelors of Architecture, NMIMS BSSA, Mumbai, 2012