People

Principal Investigator

Research Staff

Dr. Aaron Young

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Kinsey Herrin

Senior Research Scientist

Doctoral Students

Dawit Lee

Mechanical Engineering

Dean Molinaro

Robotics
NSF Graduate Research Fellow

Ben Shafer

Robotics

Aakash Bajpai

Robotics
NDSEG Fellow

Jennifer Leestma

Robotics
NSF Graduate Research Fellow

Keaton Scherpereel

Robotics
NSF Graduate Research Fellow

Jairo Maldonado

Robotics
Ford Foundation Fellow

Christoph Nuesslein

Robotics
NDSEG Fellow

Dongho Park

Robotics

Carlos Carrasquillo

Robotics
NDSEG Fellow

Sixu (Jason) Zhou

Mechanical Engineering

Ethan Schonhaut

Mechanical Engineering
X Scholar

Hanjun Kim

Mechanical Engineering

Ryan Casey

Robotics

Sidd Nathella

Mechanical Engineering

Master's Thesis Students

Visiting Students

Sujay Kestur

Bioengineering

Kendra Dawson

Biomedical Engineering

Weilin Du

Robotics

Research Teams

We conduct research in our lab with the help of fantastic research teams made up of non-thesis Master’s and undergraduate students that work with our graduate students.  All students below participate in our lab through the Georgia Tech VIP Program unless otherwise noted (MS: non-thesis Master’s, other fellowships).  For more information about how to get involved with our research group, see below.

Human Balance Augmentation

Mentors: Jenny Leestma

Vaibhav Malhotra (MS)
Oliver Stephan (MS)
Courtney Smith (Petit Scholar)
Christopher Meier
Haritaa Mourougassamy
Ashima Taneja
Vibha Iyer
Snehil Mathur

Multi-Objective Optimization of Torque Assistance

Mentors: Ben Shafer

Sotaro Fushimi (MS)
Po Chuan Chen (MS)
Wei-Lin Du (MS)
Caroline Adkins
Richard So
Brianna Ambler
Kaitlyn Tung
Tejas Gururaj
Chuwen Zheng

Hip Exoskeleton

Mentors: Dongho Park, Dean Molinaro, Justine Powell

Rommel Montayre
Jimin An
Ryan Emadi
Katherine Schutz
Michael Rodyushkin
Ryan Ha
Risako Nonaka
Shivani Kulkarni
Ethan Torone
Samyak Jain
Varun Mehrotra

Prosthesis

Mentors: Jairo Maldonado, Christoph Nuesslein, Jason Zhou, Sujay Kestur, Hanjun Kim

Helen Yoo (MS)
Jeongwoo Cho (MS)
Gwyneth O’Sullivan
Saketh Chaluvadi
Adriana Staten
Andrew Chen
Rosario Reyes
Ian Knight
Savannah Patenaude
Ayush Baweja
Cole Johnson

Pediatric Knee Exoskeleton

Mentors: Dawit Lee, Kendra Dawson, Sidd Nathella

Tara Kimiavi (PURA Scholar)
Ophelia Winslett
Sanghyub Lee
Luan Le
Mari Lockhart

ROAMR

Mentors: Carlos Carrasquillo, Aakash Bajpai

Nour Badros
Fardeen Khimani
Eddy Wang
Christopher Semali

Generalized Robotic Assistance for Handling And Manipulation (GRAHAM)

Mentors: Christoph Nuesslein, Ryan Casey

Alex Mitchell (MS)
Pranav Sharma (MS)
Gautam Ramesh (MS)
Devasena Sitaram
Kenneth Donahue
Paul Kim
Sarasit Sirawattanakul

Activity-Invariant Human Augmentation

Mentors: Keaton Scherpereel, Ethan Schonhaut

Shreya Terala
Elizabeth Lee
Jeremhy Cesar

Getting Involved In Our Lab

Non-Thesis Master's

Students who are interested in getting involved in our lab should directly contact the graduate mentor(s) of the team(s) that they are interested in or email Dr. Young.

Georgia Tech Undergraduates

There are also several ways for undergraduates students to contribute to research in the EPIC Lab.  Georgia Tech undergraduates begin their work in the lab though the Georgia Tech Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program.  Some of our returning undergraduates have received fellowships to aid in their research through the Petit Undergraduate Research Scholars Program and the President’s Undergraduate Research Awards (PURA).

Summer Undergraduates (Georgia Tech or external)

Undergraduates from Georgia Tech or other institutions who are interested in summer research opportunities are encouraged to apply to the NSF SURE Robotics Program and the Georgia Tech SURE Engineering Program.

Lab Alumni

Lab Member Degree Year Where They Went Next
Ian Cullen
M.S. Mechanical Engineering (Thesis)
2022
Ossur (Mechanical Engineer)
Reese Peterson
M.S. Mechanical Engineering (Thesis)
2022
IHMC Robotics (Exoskeleton Controls Developer)
Emily Upton
M.S. Bioengineering (Thesis)
2022
Dynocardia (Algorithm Development Engineer)
Postdoctoral Fellowship
2021
Northeastern University (Assistant Professor)
Amy Pan
Postdoctoral Fellowship
2021
OMRON Robotics (Robotics & Control Systems Engineer)
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering
2021
GameChanger Analytics (Algorithm Development Engineer)
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering
2021
MIT (Postdoctoral Fellow in Brain & Cognitive Sciences)
Ph.D. Robotics
2021
Facebook Reality Labs (Visiting Research Scientist)
Pooja Moolchandani
M.S. Mechanical Engineering (Thesis)
2021
KPMG (Data, Analytics, and AI Consultant)
Jared Li
M.S. Mechanical Engineering (Thesis)
2020
IHMC Robotics (Mechanical Engineer)
Pratik Kunapuli
M.S. Electrical & Computer Engineering (Thesis)
2020
University of Pennsylvania (CIS Ph.D. Student in GRASP Lab)
Jeff (Hsiang) Hsu
M.S. Mechanical Engineering (Thesis)
2019
May Mobility (Embedded Engineer)
Trent Rankin
M.S. Electrical & Computer Engineering
2019
Apple (Software Engineer)

Research Collaborators

At Georgia Tech

Name Affiliation
Greg Sawicki
Mechanical Engineering and Biological Sciences
Ani Mazumdar
Mechanical Engineering
Frank Hammond
Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering
Jun Ueda
Mechanical Engineering
Omer Inan
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Michael Mayo
Georgia Tech Research Institute
Court Bevins
Georgia Tech Research Institute
Hong Yeo
Mechanical Engineering
Matthew Gombolay
Interactive Computing
Ye Zhao
Mechanical Engineering

Outside of Georgia Tech

Name Affiliation
Aaron Ames
California Institute of Technology
Elliott Rouse
University of Michigan
Xiangrong Shen
University of Alabama
Nick Fey
University of Texas - Austin
Eric Ambrose
California Institute of Technology
Rachel Gehlhar
California Institute of Technology

Clinical Collaborators

Name Affiliation
Geza Kogler, MSPO
Kennesaw State University
Lee Childers, PhD, CP, CO, CFI
Center for the Intrepid, Brooke Army Medical Center
Benjamin Rogozinski, DPT
Emory University
Erin Eggebrecht, DPT
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Kelly Moore, DPT
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
David Westburry, MD
Shriners Hospital for Children
Trisha Kesar, PT, PhD
Emory University