Aaron, 30, focuses his research on robotic exoskeletons and prostheses for individuals with walking disability. In a clinical trial, his control system for a robotic knee/ankle prosthesis was tested with eight individuals with amputation. The robotic prosthesis was able to successfully predict the amputee’s movements (based on information from the patient’s muscles) and automatically adjust the prosthetic to allow a person to walk, climb stairs, and navigate ramps. Aaron not only gets to see his research turned into practical solutions, he volunteers with middle school students to do the same. At local area schools, he helps lead student groups to build a prosthetic arm for a fictional child using low-cost household items.
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Georgia Institute of Technology
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Purdue University, B.S.; Northwestern University, M.S. & Ph.D.