I graduated with my PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University in August 2022. There I studied the biomechanics of stumble recovery, using experimental insights to design, implement, and assess stumble recovery behaviors for robotic lower-limb prostheses and exoskeletons, with the goal of improving device safety and reducing user fall risk.
In my current role as postdoctoral researcher, I am expanding my research in human balance control. I use experimental and modeling approaches to (1) study how healthy and mobility-impaired populations react to unexpected disturbances while walking, (2) design & test wearable robots (e.g., powered exoskeletons) for balance assistance, and (3) explore how humans learn to use such assistive devices.
Ultimately, I hope my research can contribute to a greater understanding of how people move and how to help them move better, fostering safer and more fulfilling lives.