People

Principal Investigator


Professor Raviraj Nataraj, Ph.D., is investigating innovative rehabilitation solutions to improve function following injury or neuromuscular disease. His current research interests include simulation-based development of exoskeleton controllers for gait, optimizing rehabilitation of hand function following stroke, and developing novel training paradigms to minimize musculoskeletal injury. He has previously performed clinical research involving restoration of standing following spinal cord injury at the Louis Stokes VAMC and investigation of hand sensorimotor control at the Cleveland Clinic. He has received postgraduate degrees in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering from Stanford University and Case Western Reserve University.

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Ph.D. Students


Sean Sanford

| Lab Manager, PhD Candidate

Sean Sanford, M.S., joined the lab to pursue his Ph.D. degree after completing his Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. For his dissertation project, he is creating a visual learning platform for better user-device integration. He is developing visual feedback to train consistent movement patterns of rehabilitation exercises for more effective device control. Sean is incorporating a machine-learning algorithm that can accurately map user performance metrics. Sean's concentration is in biomechanics and his interests are in rehabilitation engineering and athletic performance.

Mingxiao Liu

| PhD Graduate Research Assistant

Mingxiao Liu, M.S., joined the lab to pursue his Ph.D. degree after completing his Masters's degree in Biomedical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. For his dissertation project, he is optimizing rehabilitation of grasp control through cognitive agency. He is developing a prototype of a cognition glove to accelerate rehabilitation based on cognitive agency, and creating experimental methods for evaluating improvement in controlling a virtual hand prosthesis for patients with upper limb neuromuscular disorders. Mingxiao's concentration is in biomechanics and his interests are in rehabilitation engineering, device design and development. ​


Master's Students


Aniket Shah

Aniket Shah, M.S., following his Masters's degree in Robotics Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute began a Master's of Engineering degree at Stevens in Biomedical Engineering. He is developing a novel Virtual Reality (VR) based platform to investigate the role of cognitive agency for hand grasp performances and use that to shorten rehabilitation periods for patients with upper limb neuromuscular disorders. Aniket's concentration is in robotics and his interests are in rehabilitation engineering and prosthetic controls.

Samuel Wilder

Samuel Wilder, B.S., is an Electrical Engineering graduate student from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is investigating how to tune movement performance and speed in relation to the sense of agency in order to maximize performance of prosthetic movement. The study is tested in a virtual environment through devices in order to simulate minimal user input.​

Kevin Walsh

Kevin Walsh, B.S, is a Bioengineering graduate student, he previously earned a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences from Colorado State University. He is investigating machine learning and signal processing techniques to convert electromyography signals to inputs for controlling a virtual reality hand for rehabilitation purposes. Kevin is interested in understanding neural signals and using them as inputs to control devices.


Undergraduate Students


Corrine Rybarski

| Innovation and Entrepreneurship 2018 Summer Scholar

Corrine Rybarski is a Biomedical Engineering undergraduate who assists on both the agency and visual feedback research lines. She is working to design a stroke rehabilitation glove prototype for the agency project, and assists in running visual feedback pilot tests using motion tracking technology and electromyography sensors. Her main interests include physical rehabilitation and exercise physiology.

Thomas Selvaggi

Thomas Selvaggi is a Biomedical Engineering undergraduate at Stevens seeking experience in the field of biomechanics. He is assisting in research investigating optimal exercise patterns combined with assistive devices. He is pursuing a Master's Thesis that will develop a working functional knee brace.

​Daniel Kang

​Daniel Kang is a Biomedical Engineering undergraduate at Stevens. He worked on converting motion data into commands for driving a virtual reality hand. This project helps to rehabilitate patients with neuromuscular disabilities. He assists in running visual feedback pilot tests using motion tracking technology and electromyography sensors. In the future, he is interested in conducting research and becoming a doctor.


Alumni


Graduate

David Hollinger, 2018


Anna Kedzierska, 2017


Felix Chen, 2017




Undergraduate

Michael Blas, 2018


Tariq Charleston, 2018


Gabriella Borodyansky, 2018


Vasu Srevatsan, 2018


Dylan DeBoer, 2017


Harshith Alluri, 2017


Jialin Su, 2017


Ivette Marte, 2017


Michael Pacelli, 2017


High School

Claudia Malleti, 2018


Brandon Mooney, 2018