Zach Lerner, Ph.D., Lab PI

Zach is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering and an affiliate investigator with the Center for Bioengineering at NAU.



Publication Profiles

Ying Fang, Ph.D., Postdoc

I am a postdoctoral scholar in Mechanical Engineering at NAU. Before joining the Biomechatronics lab, I got my Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. My dissertation project investigated functional electrical stimulation rowing and its effect on bone health among people with spinal cord injury. My previous research involves using biomechanical analyses, modeling, and imaging techniques to understand the mechanics of different exercises and the way they affect human’s musculoskeletal system. Having both the Kinesiology and engineering background, I would like to integrate assistive device with rehabilitation to increase physical activity and the overall life quality of the people with disabilities.


Paul Stegall, Ph.D., Postdoc

Paul Stegall is a postdoctoral researcher in NAU’s Biomechatronics Lab.  Paul is coming to the lab from another postdoctoral position at MIT with work consisting of developing control and information sharing strategies to improve human/exoskeleton fluency.  Prior to that Paul taught in the Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics Department at The University of Pennsylvania.  Paul earned a B.S. from Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D from Columbia University working on robot assisted gait training for stroke survivors and how the design of mechanical and control systems impacts the effectiveness of gait training.  Paul’s research interests lie in how to use technology to improve people’s quality of life, and in improving our understanding of how the human body and mind work.

Google Scholar Profile



Emmanuella Tagoe, PhD Student

Emmanuella is a recent Biomedical Engineering graduate from Arizona State University (BS+MS) and is now pursing her PhD in bioengineering at NAU.

Chance Cuddeback, MS Student

Chance is an masters student in NAU’s Mechanical Engineering program.


Karl Harshe, PhD Student

Karls is a PhD in NAU’s Mechanical Engineering program.



Safoura Sadegh Pour Aji Bishe, PhD – Now at Resoundant

Ben Conner, PhD – Now at University of Arizona

Greg Orekhov, PhD – Now at Biomotum

Leah Liebelt – Now at Biomotum

James Babers – Now at W.L. Gore

Taryn Harvey – Now at Children’s Hospital Colorado

Thang Nguyen, Ph.D. – Now at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Jennifer Lawson – Now at Honewell

Michael Bair – Now at General Atomics

Robert Libby

Keith Caton – Now at Raytheon

Gain Maria Gasparri, Ph.D. – Now at Roboticom

Hannah Rentschler – Now at W.L. Gore

Joel DeWitt – Now at W.L. Gore


Fall 2018

Fall 2017