Biosketch: Allison M.
Okamura received the BS degree from the University of California at
Berkeley in 1994, and the MS and PhD degrees from Stanford University in 1996
and 2000, respectively, all in mechanical engineering. She is currently
Associate Professor in the mechanical engineering department at Stanford
University. She was previously Professor and Vice Chair of mechanical
engineering at Johns Hopkins University. She has been an associate editor of
the IEEE Transactions on Haptics, an editor of the IEEE International
Conference on Robotics and Automation Conference Editorial Board, and co-chair
of the IEEE Haptics Symposium. Her awards include the 2009 IEEE Technical
Committee on Haptics Early Career Award, the 2005 IEEE Robotics and Automation
Society Early Academic Career Award, and the 2004 NSF CAREER Award. She is an
IEEE Fellow. Her interests include haptics, teleoperation, virtual environments
and simulators, medical robotics, neuromechanics and rehabilitation,
prosthetics, and engineering education.
Biosketch: David L. Jaffe
holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and
a MS degree in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University.
Prior to coming to Stanford, he was a
Research Biomedical Engineer at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System's
Rehabilitation Research and Development Center. At the VA his interests were
designing, developing, testing, and bringing to market microcomputer-based
devices for veterans with disabilities including communication, mobility, and
information systems. He has worked on several VA assistive technology research
projects including an innovative wheelchair interface for individuals with
quadriplegia, an electro-mechanical fingerspelling hand that serves as a
communication device for people who are deaf/blind, a system that explores
virtual reality techniques to train individuals with gait deficits to improve
their walking, and a project that employs a computer-based simulation to assess
and improve the driving ability of individuals after brain injury.
In addition to organizing this course,
ENGR110/210 Perspectives in Assistive Technology, he currently contributes to
the definition of quarterly course projects in ME218 Smart Product Design, is a
project coach in ME113 Mechanical Engineering Design, and mentors students
working on assistive technology projects.