Sasha Portnova


B.S. Mechanical Engineering – University of Washington

M.S. Mechanical Engineering – Northwestern University

PhD Mechanical Engineering – Northwestern University


Sasha is excited about projects where engineering solutions meet medical needs, specifically those that enable individuals with disabilities interact with the world around them in a more inclusive environment. In the past, she has worked on developing affordable and customizable orthotic devices for individuals with spinal cord injuries and attempted to simplify control methods for complex prosthetic hands. As a postdoc at UW, Sasha hopes to improve accessibility of commercially-available hand-tracking devices and utilize them as tools for remote hand rehabilitation.


 Ice hockey, hiking, crocheting, amigurumi