Current Members

yazel Britt Yazel

Britt is a fifth year Ph.D. candidate in the Neuroscience Graduate Program and is currently studying hearing loss and human cognition. His work explores how to integrate behaviorally relevant biological models of hearing loss into modern prosthetic devices, with the hopes of improving the working performance of such devices, the quality of life for the users, and exploring the mind in the process.

fa14_omearasarah_bae-5093-427x640 Sarah O’Meara

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Rutgers State University, 2012

During her undergraduate career, Sarah held leadership positions in Pi Tau Sigma (Mechanical Engineering Honor Society) and Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society).  She also contributed to the broader community, and her role as a student representative to the Rutgers Alumni Association earned her the Scarlet Award.  Following graduation, Sarah joined a technology consulting firm and worked as business/project management analyst for global life sciences clients.  Sarah gained valuable experience interfacing with client VPs and managing multiples teams in a dynamic environment.

Sarah is currently following her interest in human-robotics integration and physiology through Ph.D. research at U.C. Davis.  Her research project will combine surface electromyography and robotics to extend human capabilities in an extreme environment.  Sarah is a member of both RASCAL and HRVIP research groups.

bm_profile Benjamin Margolis

Ben is a Ph.D. student with the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He currently holds a fellowship with the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. He earned his B.S. in Engineering Science from Harvey Mudd College in 2010 and M.S. in Applied Math from Santa Clara University in 2016. His research interests include neuroengineering, robotics, dynamics, and controls.

Megan Shyr

Megan is currently pursuing a dual Ph.D./Master’s degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering in 2016. She is interested in many biomedical-related engineering applications, and is currently focusing on health-related sensor technology.