H. Harry Asada    Ford Professor of Engineering

Administrative Contact

Yvette Lai  Administrative Assistant. email:


Research Staff

204db50Min-Cheol Kim  Research Scientist

B.S. in Mathematics, Univ. of Seoul; Ph.D. in  Mechanical Engineering,  SNU (2005)
Research Topic: Cancer cell invasion dynamics in a  3D extracellular matrix network
Research Interests: Computational model of cell mechanics, Mechanobiology, Microfluidic models for angiogenesis and metastatic cancer

Graduate Students

5232_386725128106404_1492042263_nHyeonyu Kim    Ph.D. Candidate

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, KAIST (2012), M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, MIT (2014)
Research Topic: Effect of Co-stimulation on the performance of 3D artificial muscle tissue
Research Interests: Bioengineering, Tissue Engineering. email:

Daniel J. Gonzalez   Ph.D. Candidate

S.M. in Mechanical Engineering, MIT (2016), S.B. in Engineering (Concentration in Controls, Instrumentation and Robotics), MIT (2014)
PhD Research Topic: Extra Robotic Legs for Augmenting Human Payload and Positioning Capabilities
SM Research Topic: Triple Scissor Extender Lifting and Positioning Robot for Autonomous Aircraft Manufacturing
Research Interests: Design of Autonomous Robot Systems, Human Augmentation via Extra Robotic Limbs, Machine and Mechanism Design
Email: dgonz{at}mit{dot}edu

10171773_10203871130965603_146512243_nJacob Guggenheim   Ph.D. Candidate

B.S. in Bioengineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2014), M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, MIT (2016)
PhD Research Topic: Unique Feedback Mechanisms from Wearable Robotics

MS Research Topic: Selection, Micromanipulation, and Assays of Single Cells
Research Interests: Automation of biology, intersection of robotics/computer science/biology



100_2001Rachel Hoffman    M.S. Student

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida, (2015)
Research Topic: Design and control of wearable robots focusing on enhancing capabilities of disabled persons
Research Interests: Robotics, Design, Assistive Medical Devices
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Filippos E. Sotiropoulos M.S. Student

MEng in Mechanical Engineering, University of Bristol (2016)
Research Topic: Design and control of autonomous excavation machines for mining applications.
Research Interests: Robotics, Control, Computer vision, Data driven control, Big data

Abbas Shikari   M.S. Student

BS in XYZ from ABC (20xx)
Research Topic: 
Research Interests: 
Email: ashikari{at}mit{dot}edu

Visiting Engineers

Yuta Kamoshita

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology (2006); M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology (2008)

Research Topic: Design and control of autonomous mining equipment

 Undergraduate Researchers

Lab Alumni

IMG_1573Daniel Kurek    M.S. Student

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, UCLA, (2015)
Research Topic: Design and control of wearable robots focusing on enhancing and supporting people in manufacturing settings
Research Interests: Robotics, Controls, Design

2015-04-22 19.29.36Nicholas Hensel    M.S. Student

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology (2014)
Research Topic: Design and control of wearable robots for enhanced upper-body manipulation and control capabilities
Research Interests: Robotic systems, cooperative manipulation with human body, automatic task recognition

New%20Image2Faye Wu    Ph.D. Candidate

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, MIT (2009); M.S.  in Mechanical Engineering, MIT (2012)
Research Topic: Design and control of wearable   robots for enhancing human capabilities
Research Interests: Robotics, Medical Devices,  Design

2015-02-09 13.03.30Michaëlle N Mayalu    Ph.D. Candidate

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, MIT (2010); M.S.  in Mechanical Engineering, MIT (2012)
Research Topic: Control Theoretic Approaches to Modeling and Simulation of Bi0molecular and Biophysical Mechanisms
Research Interests: BioRobotics,Control and Dynamical systems theory and its application to multi-agent nonlinear  bi0molecular networks and multi-cellular systems

headshotshareSampriti Bhattacharyya, Ph.D.

B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from St. Thomas College of Engineering -Kolkata, India (2009), MS in Aerospace Engineering at The Ohio State University (2012). Previously associated with Fermilab working on engineering for high energy physics experiment and worked as an intern on flight controls at NASA Ames.
PhD research: Motion of underwater vehicles on submerged surfaces (Ground Effect Hydrodynamics)
Research interests: Design and control of Underwater Autonomous Vehicles, Underwater communications, Data Driven System Modeling, Stochastic Systems

Alexandre Girard, Ph.D. 

B.Ing. in Mechanical Engineering, Université de Sherbrooke (2010),
M.Sc.A. in Mechanical Engineering, Université de Sherbrooke (2013)
Research Topic: Actuator technologies, robotic systems, control and planning algorithms, automation of manufacturing operations for the aerospace industry. 

Jun Maruyama, M.S. Research Topic: Station Information Service Project.

Kosuke Takeuchi, M.S. Research Topic: Mechanical Design and Control, Wearable Robots for Assisting Manufacturing Tasks

Zack Bright, M.S. Research Topic: Shoulder Mounted Supernumerary Robotic Limbs and interfaces for human augmentation in manufacturing

Federico Parietti, Ph.D. Research Topic: Wearable robots for human  augmentation. Design and control of man-machine interfaces that expand the skills of the human user

Vincent Chan, Ph.D.

James Torres, Ph.D. Research Topic: the use of PZT actuators and  mechanical strain amplification mechanisms for  practical applications.

Chengyuan Yan, M.S. Research Topic: Guidance, navigation and  control of robots in public spaces.

Baldin Llorens – Bonilla, M.S. Research Topic: Control and Coordination of Wearable Robots, Human – Machine Interfacing.

Lluis Enric Penalver-Aguila, M.S. Research Topic: the development of lightweight and efficient actuators through the combination and form factor optimization of PZT powered, rolling contact buckling actuators.