Meet the Team
AADEEL AKHTAR, PhD
Dr. Akhtar received his PhD in Neuroscience and MS in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016, where he holds an NIH MD/PhD Fellowship. Dr. Akhtar received his BS in Biology in 2007 and MS in Computer Science in 2008 at Loyola University Chicago. In 2016, he won the $20000 Illinois Innovation Prize. His research is on motor control and sensory feedback for upper limb prostheses, and he has collaborations with the Bretl Research Group at Illinois, the Center for Bionic Medicine at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, the John Rogers Research Group at Northwestern University, and the Range of Motion Project in Guatemala and Ecuador.
Sr. Robotics Engineer
Jesse received his BS in Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2017. He has won multiple awards for electronics he has designed and manufactured for robotic systems. His work has included the design of pressure sensing systems, robotic control systems, EMG acquisition systems, and tactile feedback mechanisms.
Jenny works on design for manufacturing as well as implementing, conducting, and analyzing mechanical tests. She is currently studying Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is expected to graduate in 2020.
Naman works on hand design and manufacturing. He is currently studying Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is expected to graduate in 2020.
Wenjun (Steven) Sun
Steven is currently studying Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is expected to graduate in 2019. He works on electronics and printed circuit board design for the prosthetic hand. He is also a private pilot.
David Rotter, CPO, LPO
Founder, CEO, Rotter Prosthetics
David is an American Board Certified and Illinois Licensed Prosthetist, Orthotist and Pedorthist with over 20 years of experience. He was formerly the Clinical Director of Prosthetics and Orthotics at Scheck & Siress, where he was also a member of the board of directors. He is also the chairman of the board of APOS central fabrication.
David Krupa, CP, LP
Co-FOUNDER, CEO, Range of Motion Project (ROMP)
David manages and develops ROMP's non-profit clinic sites in Guatemala and Ecuador. ROMP is an award-winning 501(C)(3) organization dedicated to providing a more equitable distribution of prostheses to those who need them worldwide.
Edumund "E.Q." Sylvester
FOUNDER, CEO, Freedom Golf Association
E.Q. is a triple amputee and the founder and chairman of the Freedom Golf Association, a 501(C)(3) charitable organization dedicated to bringing joy and a sense of freedom to the special needs community through their inclusion in the game of golf. Prior to his amputations, E.Q. was an international businessman having worked forty-one years for Rockefeller (IBEC) companies, General Motors Corp., and his own private company.
Matthew Taylor, MBA
Global director of sales & Marketing, Freudenberg-NOK
Matthew is a leader and builder of successful commercial teams. He has owned global P&Ls, built game changing strategies, redefined corporate cultures, and is the managing partner of an early stage investment fund. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and two Bachelor of Science degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology, one in Economics and one in Business Administration.
Patrick is currently a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016. Patrick has worked on the mechanical design of upper limb prosthetic hands and has worked with the Harvard Biodesign Lab. In 2016, he was named one of Forbes 30 under 30 in Healthcare.
Tim Bretl, Ph.D., associate professor, aerospace engineering (2010-2017)
Kyung Yun Choi, MS, aerospace engineering (2015-2017)
Michael Fatina, BS, computer engineering (2014-2017)
Edward Wu, BS, computer engineering (2014-2017)
Jason Lee, BS, mechanical engineering (2015-2017)
Joseph Sombeck, BS, bioengineering (2014-2016)
Daniel Gonzales, BS, electrical engineering (2014-2016)
Alvin Wu, BS, computer engineering (2014-2016)
Jack Moore, BS, mechanical engineering (2015-2016)
Mary Nguyen, MS, aerospace engineering (2013-2015)
Sam Goldfinger, BS, electrical engineering (2014-2015)
Liz Ochoa-Raya, BS, psychology (2014-2015)
Brandon Boyce, BS, aerospace engineering (2012-2014)
Logan Wan, BS, mechanical engineering (2012-2013)
AbilityLab - Center For Bionic Medicine
Levi Hargrove, PhD, associate professor, physical medicine & rehabilitation
John Rogers, PhD, professor, materials science & engineering (2013-present)
Limei Tian, PhD, materials science & engineering (2016-2018)
Howard Liu, PhD, materials science & engineering (2015-2016)
Baoxing Xu, PhD, materials science & engineering (2013-2015)