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JennIFER Leestma

Robotics PhD Candidate

Ph.D. Student, Robotics, Georgia Institute of Technology (2019 - Present)

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (2022)

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 working towards intelligent balance-augmenting wearable robotic exoskeletons. Her work focuses on the biomechanics of perturbed locomotion, exoskeleton design, and machine learning-driven control. Broadly, she is interested in improving the function of wearable robots in dynamic environments. 

In her free time, she enjoys skiing and snowboarding, water sports, hiking, playing volleyball and basketball, and spending time back home in northern Minnesota.