• Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Fellow in Catholic Studies
Hamm School of Engineering

About Me

I teach many of the classes in mechanical design as well as classes in instrumentation, manufacturing, and ethics. I love being involved in student design projects and to mentor students as they bring their ideas to fruition. It's especially rewarding to have students closely collaborate with a variety of industry partners and to engage in interdisciplinary work with other students in the Hamm School of Engineering and Saint Gianna School of Health Science.

Why I’m At Mary

The University of Mary offers an opportunity to focus teaching and formation of the student. The emphasis on Benedictine spirituality is real and makes the faculty unique.


Mechanical Design, 3D printing, Electroactive polymers, and soft robotics.

J. D. Carrico, T. Hermans, K.J. Kim, K.K. Leang. (2019). "3D-printing and machine learning control of soft ionic polymer-metal composite actuators," Scientific Reports, 9(1): 1-17.

J.D. Carrico, T. Tyler, K.K Leang. (2017). "A comprehensive review of select smart polymeric and gel actuators for soft mechatronics and robotics applications: Fundamentals, freeform fabrication, and motion control," International Journal of Smart and Nano Materials, 8(4): 144-213.

J. D. Carrico, N. W. Traeden, M. Aureli, K. K. Leang. (2015). "Fused filament 3D printing of ionic polymer-metal composites (IPMCs)," Smart Materials and Structures, 24 (125021).

M. A. Tsugawa, V. Palmre, J. D. Carrico, K. J. Kim, K. K. Leang. (2015) "Slender tube-shaped and square rod-shaped IPMC actuators with integrated sensing for soft mechatronics," Meccanica, 50(11): 2781-2795.

J.D. Carrico, A. Anjum, J. Anjum, (2020). "An interdisciplinary project-based service learning and action research project with mechanical engineering and speech-language pathology students," 2020 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition.

J.D Carrico, K.K. Leang. (2017) "Fused filament 3D printing of ionic polymer-metal composites for soft robotics," Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD), 10163: 1016301.

J. D. Carrico, K. J. Kim and K. K. Leang. (2017). "3D printing of ionic polymer-metal composite crawling robot," IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

J.D. Carrico, J.M. Erickson, and K.K Leang. (2016). "Characterization of 3D-printed IPMC actuators," Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD), 9798: 979828.

J. D. Carrico, N. W. Traeden, M. Aureli, K. K. Leang. Ionic polymer-metal composite fused filament additive manufacturing of soft active structures. ASME Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems (SMASIS), Colorado Springs, Colorado, 2015.


PhD (Mechanical Engineering)
MA (Catholic Studies)
BS (Mechanical Engineering)