Introducing Dr. Shuman

Congratulations to Dr. Benjamin Shuman on earning his Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering! Dr. Shuman’s PhD thesis dissertation was titled Evaluation of Muscle Synergies in Individuals with Cerebral Palsy. Dr. Kat Steele performed the Hooding Ceremony to recognize his achievements. Congratulations, Dr. Benjamin Shuman!

Ben’s PhD Final Examination
Hooding Ceremony at the Mechanical Engineering Department Graduation

Jessica Zistatsis Successfully Defends Her Master’s Thesis

Jessica Zistatsis has successfully defended her Master’s Thesis here at the University of Washington, in Dr. Steele’s Ability & Innovation Lab.

To complete her Master’s in full, Jessica will be submitting and disseminating her thesis, A Passive Pediatric Exoskeleton to Improve the Walking Ability of Children with Neuromuscular Disorders.

To begin watching Jessica’s defense, you may view Part 1 on YouTube HERE, or directly below:

A silly congratulations graphic made by the lab depicting the fictional Godzilla stomping through downtown Seattle, while wearing PlayGait, the pediatric exoskeleton Jessica worked on for her masters. Test within the photo reads, "Congrats on destroying your defense, Jessica!"Our lab could not be more proud! To help celebrate her successful defense, the lab drafted a flyer depicting an empowered Godzilla wearing PlayGait, Jessica’s pediatric exoskeleton. Here’s hoping future children will use their newfound superpowers for good, unlike our friend in this picture!


Dr. Hwan Choi earns his Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering

Congratulations to Dr. Hwan Choi on earning his Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering! Hwan’s mentor and PI, Dr. Kat Steele, performed the Hooding Ceremony to recognize his achievements. Dr. Choi’s research works towards improving mobility for individuals with cerebral palsy and stroke survivors by designing and testing a novel lower-limb orthotic research platform. This summer he will complete the remainder of his research work. Congratulations, Dr. Hwan Choi!

Dr. Kat Steele recognizes Hwan Choi by performing the hooding ceremony.
UW Mechanical Engineering Graduation 6-12-16 in Kane Hall (C) 2016 Karen Orders Photography

Dr. Hwan Choi poses with his mentor, Dr. Kat Steele at his graduation ceremony. Dr. Kat Steele shakes the hand of her mentee, Dr. Hwan Choi