My research focuses on using functional electrical stimulation to restore reaching movements to people that have high spinal cord injuries. This population has little or no control of muscles in their arms. Generally some function is restored when patients use mouth or head-controlled prosthetic devices. This is rather tedious, and sometimes the benefits do not outweigh the trouble of using the devices. An alternative is to stimulate the inactive arm muscles with surgically implanted electrodes to restore functional arm movement. FES can potentially give these patients greatly enhanced abilities to independently perform everyday tasks like eating and combing their hair.
M.S., Robotics, Carnegie Mellon University
My M.S. Research: Dynamically-Stable Mobile Robots in Human Environments
My M.S. Lab: Microdynamic Systems Laboratory
Advisor: Ralph Hollis
M.B.A., University of Notre Dame
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Notre Dame