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Corie L. Cobb

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Washington Research Foundation Innovation Professor in Clean Energy
Mechanical Engineering

Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering


Prior to joining the Mechanical Engineering Department, Corie L. Cobb was part of the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Inc. where she was a Senior Member of Research Staff leading research projects on advanced manufacturing technologies for solar cells, batteries and high strength and toughness materials. At PARC, Professor Cobb specialized in computational analysis, hardware design and process development for printing and patterning of multi-functional materials. Her research has been funded by grants from DOE EERE, ARPA-E, DARPA and industrial partners. Professor Cobb has also worked as a Mechanical Engineer at Applied Materials and has held internship positions at Google, Bell Labs, Toshiba, and Hewlett Packard.  She has 16 issued US patents in the areas of 3D Lithium-ion batteries, extrusion and high-precision manufacturing.


  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2008
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2004
  • B.S. in Product Design, Stanford University, 2002

Previous appointments

  • Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), Inc., Senior Member of Research Staff, 2010-2017
  • Applied Materials, Mechanical Engineer, 2008-2010

Research Statement

The longer-term focus of Professor Cobb’s research to create new design and manufacturing paradigms that will revolutionize energy storage and other complex engineered systems.  Currently, we are focused on developing innovative fabrication solutions for the most pressing problems in energy-relevant materials for lithium-ion batteries.

Select publications

  1. J. Wong, A.T. Gong, P.A. Defnet, L. Meabe, B. Beauchamp, R.M. Sweet, B. Zhang, H. Sardon, C.L. Cobb, A. Nelson, “3D Printing Ionogel Auxetic Frameworks for Stretchable Sensors,” Advanced Materials Technologies, 1900452, 2019.
  2. C.L. Cobb and S.E. Solberg, “Communication–Analysis of Thick Co-Extruded Cathodes for Higher-Energy-and-Power Lithium-Ion Batteries,” Journal of the Electrochemical Society, Vol. 164, No. 7, pp. 1-3, 2017.
  3. C.L. Cobb, J. Hey, A.M. Agogino, S.L. Beckman, and S. Kim, “What Alumni Value from New Product Development Education: A Longitudinal Study,” Advances in Engineering Education, Vol. 5, Issue 1, pp. 1-37, 2016.
  4. C.L. Cobb, “Co-extrusion Printhead for Multi-layer Battery Structures,” US Patent No. 9,337,471, 2016.
  5. L.P. Richter, G. Fischer, L. Sylla, M. Hentsche, S. Steckemetz, M. Müller, C.L. Cobb, S.E. Solberg, R. Rao, S. Elrod, P. Palinginis, E. Schneiderlöchner, H. Neuhaus, “Progress in Fine Line Metallization by Co-extrusion Printing on Cast Mono Silicon PERC Solar Cells,” Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, Vol. 142, pp. 18-23, 2015.
  6. C.L. Cobb and M. Blanco, “Modeling Mass and Density Distribution Effects on the Performance of Co-extruded Electrodes for High Energy Density Lithium-ion Batteries,” Journal of Power Sources, Vol. 249, pp. 357-366, 2014.
  7. K. Littau, C.L. Cobb, S. Solberg, M. Weisberg, N. Chang, and A. Rodkin, “Developments in MEMS scale printable alkaline and Li-ion technology,” In Proc. of 2011 SPIE Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications III, # 80311L, pp. 1-10 (Invited Paper).
  8. C.L. Cobb and A.M. Agogino, “Case-based Reasoning for Evolutionary MEMS Design,” Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering, Vol. 10, Issue 3, 031005, 2010.
  9. C.L. Cobb, A.M. Agogino, S.L. Beckman, and L. Speer, “Enabling and Characterizing Successful Social Entrepreneurship in New Product Development Teams,” International Journal of Engineering Education, Vol. 24, Issue 2, pp. 420-433, 2008.
  10. C.L. Cobb, Y. Zhang, A.M. Agogino, and J. Mangold, “Knowledge-based Evolutionary Linkage in MEMS Design Synthesis,” Book Chapter in: Linkage in Evolutionary Computation (Y.-P. Chen; M.-H. Lim (Eds.)), Studies in Computational Intelligence, 157, pp. 461-483, 2008.

Honors & awards

  • DARPA Young Faculty Award, 2019
  • 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, 2019
  • National Academy of Engineering EU-US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (Organizer), 2019
  • National Academy of Engineering China-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (Invited Participant), 2015
  • SiliconPV Best Paper Award, 2015
  • Alfred P. Sloan Scholar, 2005
  • Bell Labs Cooperative Research Fellowship Program Fellow, 2002