Becca Napoli



B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign,  Class of 2021



Anna grew up in Chicago, Illinois. From a young age she had been fascinated by nanotechnology and robots that mimicked animals. She came to UIUC for their mechanical engineering program but spent her time as an undergraduate exploring various research areas. Over the summers, she  took part in REU programs, including at the Cornell Nanofabrication Facility where she helped develop the first liquid crystal microrobot.  On campus, Anna is involved in ASME, is a member of the Clare Booth Luce Research Scholars program, and can be found  at the biannual research fair presenting her work and advocating for students to join REUs. 


Anna joined the BAM lab in 2019. Her research focuses on modifying the BAM lab's ornithopter to perform  gliding landings. The goal of her project is to better understand the aerodynamics of a bird's M-shaped wing during high angle of attack landings and translate this concept into a mechanical, morphing wing.