Our research objective is the development of liquid crystalline elastomers that are responsive to external stimuli. These materials have several potential applications ranging from soft robotics to shape-changing membranes. Liquid crystal moieties pendent to a polymer network introduce anisotropic mechanical properties and responsive properties to external stimuli including heat, light, and electric fields. We are currently investigating the unique attributes of these materials in the form of thin films. Recent work has focused on understanding the molecular packing and reorientation of the liquid crystal order in response to mechanical and electrical fields. By collecting a series of two- dimensional X-ray scattering planes of the elastomers, we are able to reconstruct a three-dimensional picture of the scattering information to provide unprecedented insight into the molecular packing and reorientation in response to external stimuli. In addition, we continue to study the interplay between the responsive pendent liquid crystal moieties and underlying polymer backbone as an external field is applied. Further improvements in the material response of these unique materials include the reduction of the field strength required to elicit a response and increasing the extent to which a linear actuation can be achieved.