Biography: Allison M. Okamura received the BS degree from the University of California at Berkeley and the MS and PhD degrees from Stanford University, all in mechanical engineering. She is currently Professor in the mechanical engineering department at Stanford University, with a courtesy appointment in computer science. She is an IEEE Fellow and Editor-in-Chief of the journal IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters. Her awards include the 2016 Duca Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, 2009 IEEE Technical Committee on Haptics Early Career Award, 2005 IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Early Academic Career Award, and 2004 NSF CAREER Award. Her academic interests include haptics, teleoperation, virtual environments and simulators, medical robotics, neuromechanics and rehabilitation, prosthetics, and engineering education. Outside academia, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, running, and playing ice hockey. For more information about her research, please see the Collaborative Haptics and Robotics in Medicine (CHARM) Laboratory website: http://charm.stanford.edu.
Speech Title: Soft Robots for Humanity
Biography: Dennis Lieu is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and former Associate Dean of the College of Engineering at UC Berkeley. He received his BS, MS and D.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley in 1977, 1978 and 1982, respectively. After working for six years as a design engineer in industry, he returned to his alma mater and has been a member of its faculty for 30 years. He is the author or co-author of numerous articles on permanent magnet motor design and engineering graphics education, and is the lead author of Visualization, Modeling, and Graphics for Engineering Design (Cengage Publishers). His research interests are in the design of electro-mechanical devices and the design of sports equipment. He is a recipient of the UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2008, he was awarded the Orthogonal Medal for his contributions to engineering graphics education. In 2015, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Engineering Design Graphics Division of the ASEE. Prof. Lieu is currently engaged in the development of design courseware associated with the new Jacobs Design Institute at UC Berkeley.