An elastic rod bending in the plane

About Me

I am a PhD student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley, where I work with Professor Oliver M. O’Reilly on problems related to the mechanics of rods. My research is supported by the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship and the Berkeley Fellowship for Graduate Study.

My primary interests are in solid mechanics, nonlinear dynamics, and soft robotics, but I have experience in a variety of areas including microfluidics, oil and gas, and manufacturing. I am always interested to hear about new opportunities in both academia and industry. For a copy of my CV or resume, please email me at: [myFirstInitial][myMiddleInitial] AT


N. N. Goldberg and O. M. O’Reilly. Mechanics-Based Model for the Cooking-Induced Deformation of Spaghetti. Physical Review E. 2020.

N. N. Goldberg, X. Huang, C. Majidi, A. Novelia, O. M. O’Reilly, D. A. Paley, and W. L. Scott. On Planar Discrete Elastic Rod Models for the Locomotion of Soft Robots. Soft Robotics. 2019.

C. Christianson, N. N. Goldberg, D. D. Deheyn, S. Cai, and M. T. Tolley. Translucent Soft Robots Driven by Frameless Fluid Electrode Dielectric Elastomer Actuators. Science Robotics. 2018.

C. Christianson, N. N. Goldberg, and M. T. Tolley. Elastomeric Diaphragm Pump Driven by Fluid Electrode Dielectric Elastomer Actuators (FEDEAs). Proceedings of Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) XX. 2018.

C. Christianson, N. Goldberg, S. Cai, and M. T. Tolley. Fluid Electrodes for Submersible Robotics Based on Dielectric Elastomer Actuators. Proceedings of Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2017. 2017.


Balance laws and jump conditions for the three simplest rod theories