Steven Salah-Eddine is a Master of Science student in the department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Steven is a research assistant in the Structures and Composites Laboratory at Stanford University, where he works under the guidance of his principal investigator, Professor Fu-Kuo Chang.

Steven is engaged in cutting-edge projects involving the development and optimization of multifunctional energy storage composite (MESC). His primary focus is on creating a scalable, integrable structural battery with built-in sensing capabilities. This innovative MESC battery is designed to replace single-purpose structural members, potentially reducing vehicle weight and increasing energy capacity for enhanced range performance. Such advancements are particularly crucial in developing robust Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (EVTOL) vehicle structures, where traditional EV systems often rely on redundant support systems to protect battery cells from heat, impact, and moisture.

Steven's research project targets the EVTOL market, exploring the application of MESC in commercial EVTOL body structures and determining the energy capacity needed for standard flights. His second initiative involves optimizing MESC specifications for a previously fabricated I-Beam, using MATLAB programing language for intricate design calculations and failure mode analysis. Beyond the lab, Steven's experience as an iPhone Product Design Engineering Intern at Apple has honed his skills in product design, adding to his expertise in design for manufacturability, finite element analysis, and materials science.

Steven balances his life with personal interests that include golfing, weight training, and running during his free time.

Honors & Awards

  • Made at Berkeley Showcase Book - Best Visualization Design, University of California, Berkeley (05/26/21)
  • Deans List - College of Engineering, University of California, Berkeley (12/23/20)
  • Honor Society, Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society (1/15/2021)
  • Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society (01/15/2021)

Professional Affiliations and Activities

  • Quantum CubeSat Mechanical Engineer, Space Technologies at Cal (2020 - 2022)
  • Professional Development Officer, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society (2020 - 2022)

Education & Certifications

  • MS, Stanford University, Aeronautics and Astronautics (2024)
  • BS, University of California, Berkeley, Mechanical Engineering (2022)

Personal Interests

Golfing, Weight Lifting, Soccer, Travel, and Reading


  • Design of a Bio-Inspired Monopedal Jumping Robot, University of California, Berkeley (8/25/2021 - 12/23/2021)

    In the past years, rapid advances have been made in the field of developing agile robotics systems. Notable examples include SALTO – a monopedal jumping robot from the UC Berkeley Biomimetic Millisystems Lab – and the "Cheetah" – a backflipping quadruped developed by MIT. These robotics systems have the potential to be vastly important in numerous applications, ranging from critical high-risk roles such as search-and-rescue to assisting in everyday tasks. In this project, we were inspired by the ongoing research on the biomechanics of squirrel locomotion. We present the development of a preliminary mechatronics system derived from the kinematics of SALTO. This system will provide a baseline to enable the future development of a novel squirrel-inspired jumping robot.


    Berkeley, CA


    • Stanley Wang, Mechanical Engineering Student, University of California, Berkeley
    • Andrew Boutrous, Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Student, University of California, Berkeley
    • Hannah Stuart, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
  • Robot Dynamics for Simulation and Control, University of California, Berkeley (4/20/2021 - 5/26/2021)

    Examine the study of planar Kinematics and the dynamic Behaviour of Robot Mechanisms to develop a useful understanding of how to control and simulate robots.


    Berkeley, CA

  • Design of a Co-axial, Co-planar Rotor, University of California, Berkeley (7/13/2021 - 8/13/2021)

    design a co-axial co-planar rotor that generates thrust at the minimum
    work cost with no net torque acting on the system. The goal of this design is to hover at MSL conditions on Earth with a total thrust of 100 [N].


    Berkeley, CA

Work Experience

  • Graduate Student Instructor - Physics 41: Mechanics, Stanford University (9/15/2022 - Present)


    Stanford, CA

  • Research & Development Engineer, Perikinetics (3/28/2022 - 6/1/2022)

    • Contributed to the research and development of an implantable insulin device to treat Type 1 diabetes
    • Built prototypes to conduct benchtop testing for research and development purposes
    • Manufactured prototypes utilizing SLA 3D printers and forming processes such as machining
    • Developed 2D drawings following ASME Y14.5 standards for manufacturing in SolidWorks
    • Managed and developed quality procedures that define inspection, test plans, and manufacturing processes for numerous product lines


    San Francisco, CA