Human Performance Lab
I am interested in developing assistive devices, both to augment human performance in healthy individuals, as well as to train or compensate for deficits in impaired individuals. My thesis focuses on a new type of control for ankle-foot prostheses in which transtibial amputees are given autonomy and feedback from their robotic prosthetic ankle.
Publications and Presentations
Simpson CS, Welker CG, Uhlrich S, Sketch S, Jackson R, Delp S, Collins S, Selinger J, Hawkes E. 2018. Connecting the legs with a spring improves running economy. bioRxiv 474650 (preprint).
Welker CG, Simpson CS, Hawkes EW. 2017. Simulation of a Passive Assistive Device to Reduce Running Effort. Proceedings of the International Society of Biomechanics. Brisbane, Australia.
(David Winter Best Poster Award Finalist)
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2017
B.S. in Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering, Vanderbilt University, 2014
Honors and Awards
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2017
Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) – STEM Fellow, 2016