Patrick Musgrave

Assistant Professor
Address Office MAE-B 226 Lab MAE-A 120 Phone: 352-392-6230 Fax: 352-392-6230


Dr. Patrick Musgrave received his PhD from Virginia Tech in 2018 and BSc & BSE from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012. Dr. Musgrave’s research focuses on adaptive and morphing systems operating in fluidic environments, in particular systems subject to dynamic fluid-structure interactions. These systems are inherently multi-physical and sit at the intersection of structures, hydro/aerodynamics, mechatronics, smart materials, and controls. To investigate these systems, Dr. Musgrave’s research emphasizes a combination of experimentation and analytic/reduced-order modeling. Applications of interest include bio-inspired underwater propulsion, underwater robotics, embedded sensing, and compliant aerospace systems.

Prior to joining the University of Florida in the Fall of 2021, Dr. Musgrave was a research scientist at the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in the Naval Center for Space Technology. At NRL, he was a Jerome Karle’s Fellow and received early career funding in the area of bio-inspired underwater propulsion. Dr. Musgrave is a DAAD Scholar, having held a post-baccalaureate research position at the Technical University of Munich.


Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering), 2018, Virginia Tech
BSc (Physics) & BSE (Mechanical Engineering), 2012, University of Pittsburgh

Research Interests

Bio-inspired propulsion, adaptive systems, embedded sensing, fluid-structure interactions, structural dynamics