Ph.D. Student, Robotics, Georgia Institute of Technology (Fall 2018 – Present)
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida (2018)
Dean Molinaro is an NSF ARMS (Accessibility, Rehabilitation, and Movement Science) trainee and NSF GRFP Fellow in the Robotics PhD program. He is currently investigating risk factors of low back pain using biomechanical analysis tools including Vicon and OpenSim. He hopes to use these findings to reduce the risk of low back pain during dynamic, laborious tasks using wearable devices. Additionally, Dean is interested in using machine learning algorithms to create novel controllers to optimize human-robot interactions. After graduation, Dean plans on continuing his career in academia as a professor. Outside of the lab, Dean enjoys outdoor activities, reading, and talking to his dogs.