Splash at Northwestern: Winter Splash February 26th, 2023


NU Splash Biography

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ERIC SCHEARER, NU Graduate Student in Mechanical Engineering




College: Northwestern University

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Year of Graduation: Not available.

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I am a student in the Laboratory for Intelligent Mechanical Systems (LIMS). My research is in restoring movement to high spinal cord injury patients through functional electrical stimulation (FES). Patients that would use our system cannot move their arms and legs. The system restores arm motion. The goal is to be able to determine the intent of a patient (e.g., I want to move my hand to pick up that glass and move it to my mouth) and then to stimulate his or her muscles to achieve the intended movement.

I grew up in the western suburbs and graduated from the University of Notre Dame. I am a Professional Engineer, a former Air Force officer who did research in explosions, and graduate of the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute. I worked as a consultant investigating failures from major plant explosions, to amusement park ride accidents, to consumer product defects.



Past Classes

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E36: What can a robot do? What can't a robot do (yet)? in Splash 2010 (Apr. 03, 2010)
This course is a brief introduction to robotics. The class will discuss the definition of a robot and different examples of robots. From there the class will offer more examples from different areas of robotics (lots of videos). The examples will motivate discussion on what robots might do in the future and what sorts of things students can do to make robots do the impossible.