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 is currently a medical student. He holds an NIH National Research Service Award MD/PhD Fellowship. Dr. Akhtar also received his BS in Biology and MS in Computer Science at Loyola University Chicago in 2007 and 2008, respectively. In 2016, he won the $20000 Illinois Innovation Prize. His research interests include 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.
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.
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.
Kyung Yun CHoi
Lead Mechanical Engineer
Yun is currently a graduate student at the MIT Media Lab. She received her MS in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2017 and her BS in Mechanical Engineering from Yonsei University in 2013. Yun has worked on the design, fabrication, and testing of all mechanical parts of the prosthetic hand. Her current research interests include Soft Robotics, HCI, Biomimetics. Yun enjoys drawing and traveling.
Wenjun (Steven) Sun
Steven is currently studying Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is expected to graduate in May 2020. He works on electronics and printed circuit board design for the prosthetic hand. He is also a private pilot.
Genny studies Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is expected to graduate in May 2020. She works on designing and fabricating parts for the prosthetic hand. She likes to fight robots in her spare time.
Tim Bretl, Ph.D., associate professor, aerospace engineering (2010-2017)
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 (2016-2017)
Howard Liu, PhD, materials science & engineering (2015-2016)
Baoxing Xu, PhD, materials science & engineering (2013-2015)