Naser Mehrabi

Naser Mehrabi stands in front of the rose garden at the UW campus in a blue collared shirt and blue sweatshirt.

Naser Mehrabi stands in front of the rose garden at the UW campus in a blue collared shirt and blue sweatshirt.EDUCATION

PhD, Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada

MS, Mechanical Engineering, K. N. Toosi University of Technology, Iran

BS, Mechanical Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Iran


RESEARCH INTEREST

Naser is currently working at General Motors. While in the lab, Naser developed computational models of human movements in order to study the effect of neuromuscular disorders such as cerebral palsy and stroke on the human motor control system. He is interested in the design of rehabilitation robots and neuroprostheses that can accelerate the rehabilitation process and assist individuals with neuromuscular disorders. Naser’s previous research has explored the biomechanics of reaching, steering, cycling, and curling to better understand the underlying physiological relationship between the neural excitations and the resulting kinetics and kinematics.


 HOBBIES

Hiking, soccer, reading

Ivana Milovanovic

Ivana Milovanovic

Ivana Milovanovic in front of a wall wearing a light green shirt.EDUCATION

PhD, Biomedical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Serbia

MS, Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Serbia

BS, Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Serbia


RESEARCH INTEREST

Ivana is interested in using computational and experimental methods to better understand how the nervous system controls voluntary movement. Her research while here at the Ability & Innovation Lab focused on exploring how different sensorimotor disorders including stroke, spinal cord injury, and cerebral palsy affect motor control, and how such knowledge can be used to better understand and optimize treatment outcomes.


 HOBBIES

Tennis, skiing, playing the piano

Brianna Goodwin

Brianna Goodwin

Brianna Goodwin, an MS student, smiles in front of a gray background in a blue blouse.EDUCATION

BS, Mechanical Engineering, minor in Exercise Physiology – Oregon State University

MS, Mechanical Engineering- University of Washington


RESEARCH INTEREST

Brianna is interested in better understanding how various technologies and therapies affect human movement. During her time in the lab she worked to quantify the effects of constraint-induced movement therapy for children with Cerebral Palsy.


HOBBIES

Lacrosse, hiking, reading, and riding ATVs

Darrin Howell

Darrin Howell

Darrin Howell smiles in front of a cloudy sky wearing a gray sweater.EDUCATION

BS in Neuroscience — University of Washington


RESEARCH INTEREST

Darrin is interested in elucidating the computations employed by the nervous system to organize, control, and adaptively modify locomotion. In addition to providing managerial support to the lab, he investigated the dynamics of locomotive control within human-machine interfacing with Dr. Sam Burden, a collaborator from UW’s Electrical Engineering department.


HOBBIES

Flag Football, Spoken Word Poetry, Snowboarding, Hiking

Jessica Zistatsis

Jessica Zistatsis

Jessica Zistatsis stands in front of the fountain on the UW campus wearing a white blouse.EDUCATION

MS, Mechanical Engineering – University of Washington

BS, Mechanical Engineering – University of Washington


RESEARCH INTEREST

Jessica is interested in developing rehabilitation devices such as exoskeletons and prostheses. With the award of a New England Pediatric Device Consortium grant, she furthered the design and testing of a pediatric exoskeleton for children with neurological walking disabilities such as cerebral palsy.


HOBBIES

Hiking, Cooking, Reading