Congratulations to Biomech Lab members Payton Cox, Karl Harshe, Sam Hopkins, and Daniel Colley earning various degrees this Spring!

Congratulations to Karl Harshe for his successful PhD defense!

The Biomechatronics Lab is excited to partner with Biomotum on their NIH STTR Phase 1 grant to study and develop an adjustable stiffness AFO for people with cerebral palsy.

Dr. Lerner had the honor of presenting in the National Academy of Engineering Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. The program brings together 100 highly accomplished early-career engineers from US companies, universities, and government labs to discuss leading-edge research and technical work across a range of engineering fields.

Congratulations to Chance for a successful Masters Thesis defense!

Congratulations to Karl for placing 3rd at the NAU 3MPR competition and winning “people’s choice”!

Congratulations to Ying for winning a competitive NIH F32 post-doctoral fellowship! Her project will help improve the effectiveness of gait training in cerebral palsy.

We our excited to partner with our lab’s spinoff, Biomotum, on a new WearTech Center research grant titled, “Development of a wearable robotic device for mobility enhancement.”

Congratulations to Greg for a successful dissertation defense and the awarding of his doctorate!

The Biomechatronics Lab is thrilled to receive a grant from the Flinn Foundation to Promote Translational Research. The project is titled, “Wearable Robotic Gait Therapy for At-Home Mobility Care.”

Congratulations to Safoura for a successful dissertation defense and being awarded the doctoral degree!

Congratulations to newly minted Dr. Conner for an outstanding dissertation defense!

The Biomechatronics Lab has teamed up with the Dr. Mike Schwartz at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare and Dr. Kat Steele at University of Washington on a 5-year NIH grant to explore the clinical implementation of our lightweight, dual-mode (assistive or resistive) wearable robotic ankle exoskeleton to improve function and mobility in children with cerebral palsy.

Congratulations to Ben for being awarded an NIH F30 Predoctoral Fellowship! Ben will use this award to investigate the neuromuscular response and training effects of wearable adaptive resistance in children with cerebral palsy.

Prof. Lerner has received an NSF CAREER Award. The 5-year grant seeks to optimize longterm gait rehab through hybrid ankle exoskeleton training.

Congratulations to Chance for being awarded the Outstanding Senior of the Mechanical Engineering program for Spring 2021!

The Biomechatronics lab and the lab’s spin-off company, BiOMOTUM, have received an NIH FastTrack SBIR award for commercializing our ankle exoskeleton technology.

Congratulations to Ben for be receiving Delsys Donation Initiative and UA Valley Research Partnership Program Awards for his doctoral research project.

Biomechatronics Lab and Ben in the UA College of Medicine Phoenix News.

Congratulations to Ben and Safoura for passing their PhD qualifying exams.

Dr. Lerner and the Biomechatronics Lab have been awarded a three year  R15 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Congratulations to Taryn for being award the Louis H. And Betty J. Quayle Scholarship.

Congratulations to Safoura for winning 1st place (best poster) at the NAU  GSG Poster Symposium.

Dr. Lerner and the Biomechatronics Lab have been awarded a National Science Foundation CRII Research Initiation Award. 

Dr. Lerner and the Biomechatronics Lab have been awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) NCMRR R03 Early Career Research Award.

Congratulations to Michael Bair for successfully defending his Master’s Thesis!

Congratulations to Dan Rivera for his selection as a prestigious Goldwater Scholar!

Dr. Lerner and the Biomechatronics Lab have been awarded a 3-year Arizona Biomedical New Investigator Award Research Grant.

Dr. Lerner has been invited to speak at the 2018 Wearable Robotics Association Conference in Scottsdale, AZ, March 21/22, and at the 2018 UCSF Orthotic and Prosthetic Innovative Technologies Conference in San Francisco, CA, May 11/12.

Biomechatronics Lab headlines at the Human Performance Lab Ribbon Cutting Event.

Dr. Lerner will be presenting a talk titled “How Robots Can Help You Walk” at the Flagstaff Festival of Science on 9/26/17, come check it out.

New lab members Namwoong Kim and Safoura Sadegh Pour Aji Bishe, PhD students in the Bioengineering PhD program, have received prestigious Presidential Fellowships from NAU. Congrats!


Dr. Lerner’s recently published paper showing the promise of wearable robotics for assisting children with cerebral palsy, published in Science Translational Medicine, has gained interest from several local and national news outlets. Video from the study that Dr. Lerner completed at NIH:

Congratulations to Dan Rivera for his selection to present a poster at the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) annual conference in October. His work is titled, “Winding Filament Muscle Model Improves OpenSim Force Predictions.”

Congratulations to Dan Rivera for receiving the Hooper Undergraduate Research Award (HURA) and to Hannah Rentschler for her selection as an NAU/NASA Space Grant Intern!

We received a Pilot Project Award from the National Center for Simulation in Rehabilitation Research (NCSRR) at Stanford University. This project seeks to develop predictive simulations for robotic-aided rehabilitation of crouch gait.