Jennifer Leestma

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Ph.D. Student, Robotics, Georgia Institute of Technology (Fall 2019 – Present)
B.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2018)

Jenny is an NSF GRFP Fellow and NSF ARMS (Accessibility, Rehabilitation, and Movement Science) Fellow in the Robotics PhD program. Co-advised by Dr. Young and Dr. Sawicki, her research is looking at stability following perturbations during locomotion. She is also working on a hip exoskeleton, which will be used to investigate how assistive devices can improve stability during non-steady state locomotion. She hopes that this work will assist fall-prone populations in order to decrease fall prevalence and increase community mobility. In her free time, she enjoys skiing and snowboarding, water sports, hiking, rock climbing, and spending time back home in northern Minnesota.


Human Balance Augmentation
Wearable Robots for Injury Prevention in Manual Labor Tasks