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Jared Butler

Assistant Professor
Student Engagement Coordinator


  • School of Engineering Design and Innovation
  • Engineering Design
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering

307 Engineering Design and Innovation Building

Research Website

Research Areas:

Engineering Design

Interest Areas:

Mechanical System Design, including Compliant Mechanisms, Origami-Inspired Mechanisms, Developable Mechanisms, Space Mechanisms, Medical Devices; Budding Interest: Design Pedagogy




  • BS, Physics, Utah State University, 2014
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University, 2017
  • Ph D, Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University, 2020



Journal Articles

  • Connor Huxman and Jared Butler, 2023, "An Analytical Stress–Deflection Model for Fixed-Clamped Flexures Using a Pseudo-Rigid-Body Approach", Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, 15, (6)
  • Connor Huxman and Jared Butler, 2021, "A Systematic Review of Compliant Mechanisms as Orthopedic Implants", Journal of Medical Devices, 15, (4)
  • Junqi Zhao, Boyang Zhou, Jared Butler, Randall Bock, Joseph Portelli and Sven Bilen, 2021, "IoT-Based Sanitizer Station Network: A Facilities Management Case Study on Monitoring Hand Sanitizer Dispenser Usage", Smart Cities, 4, (3)
  • Lance Hyatt, Jacob Greenwood, Jared Butler, Spencer Magleby and Larry Howell, 2021, "Methods for Mapping Mechanisms to Developable Surfaces", Int. J. Mechanisms and Robotic Systems, 5, (1/2)
  • Jared Butler, Jacob Greenwood, Larry Howell and Spencer Magleby, 2021, "Bistability in Cylindrical Developable Mechanisms Through the Principle of Reflection", Journal of Mechanical Design, 143, (8)
  • Jared Butler, Jacob Greenwood, Larry Howell and Spencer Magleby, 2021, "Limits of Extramobile and Intramobile Motion of Cylindrical Developable Mechanisms", Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, 13, (1)
  • Brandon Sargent, Jared Butler, Kendall Seymour, David Bailey, Brian Jensen, Spencer Magleby and Larry Howell, 2020, "An Origami-Based Medical Support System to Mitigate Flexible Shaft Buckling", Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, 12, (4), pp. 041005-1 to 041005-12
  • Jared Butler, Nathan Pehrson and S Magleby, 2019, "Folding of Thick Origami Through Regionally Sandwiched Compliant Sheets", Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, 12, (1)
  • Jared Butler, Landen Bowen, Eric Wilcox, Adam Shrager, Mary Frecker, Paris von Lockette, Timothy Simpson, Robert Lang, Larry Howell and Spencer Magleby, 2018, "A Multi-Input Model for Mechanical Advantage in Compliant and Origami-Based Mechanisms", Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics

Conference Proceedings

  • Connor Huxman, Gregory Stephen Butler, Gary F Updegrove, April D. Armstrong and Jared Butler, 2023, "A Compliant Fracture Fixation Plate for Controlled Axial Motion in Long Bone Healing"

Research Projects

Honors and Awards

  • Compliant Mechanism Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, August 2019


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