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Katherine Kuchenbecker

Assoc Professor in Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics
University of Pennsylvania
Katherine J. Kuchenbecker is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics at the University of Pennsylvania. She is undergraduate curriculum chair in her department, has a secondary appointment in Computer and Information Science, and is a member of the Bioengineering Graduate Group. Her research centers on the design and control of haptic interfaces for applications such as robot-assisted surgery, medical simulation, stroke rehabilitation, and personal computing. She directs the Penn Haptics Group, which is part of the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing, and Perception (GRASP) Laboratory. She has won several awards for her research, including an NSF CAREER Award in 2009, Popular Science Brilliant 10 in 2010, PopTech Science and Public Leadership Fellow in 2011, the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Academic Early Career Award in 2012, and several best paper and best demonstration awards at technical conferences. Prior to becoming a professor, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University, and she earned her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University in 2006.