Faculty Profile

Elizabeth T Hsiao-Wecksler

Mechanical Science and Engineering
Elizabeth T Hsiao-Wecksler
Elizabeth T Hsiao-Wecksler
Associate Head for Undergraduate Programs, Professor, Willett Scholar
  • Undergraduate Advising
122 Mechanical Engineering Bldg
1206 W. Green
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 333-3415

Affiliation

  • Academic Affairs
  • Undergraduate Advising
  • Undergraduate Advising

Education

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California-Berkeley, 2000
  • M.S. Mech. Eng. Rochester Institute of Technology 1994
  • B.S. Mech. Eng. Cornell University 1987

Academic Positions

  • Visiting Affiliate Faculty, Prosthetics & Orthotics Program, School of Biological Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, January 2017-May 2017
  • Associate Head for Undergraduate Programs, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, UIUC, August 16, 2015-date
  • Professor, Information Trust Institute, UIUC, August 16, 2015-date
  • Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, UIUC, August 16, 2015-date
  • Faculty Affiliate, Beckman Institute, UIUC, February 2014-date
  • Faculty Affiliate, Neuroscience Program, UIUC, March 2011-date
  • Faculty Affiliate, NSF IGERT Program in Neuroengineering, UIUC, May 2010-date
  • Associate Professor, Information Trust Institute, UIUC, November 16, 2011-August 16, 2015
  • Research Associate Professor, Information Trust Institute, UIUC, August 16, 2009-November 15, 2011
  • Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, UIUC, August 16, 2009-August 16, 2015
  • Faculty Affiliate, Center on Health, Aging and Disability, UIUC, 2008-date
  • Research Assistant Professor, Information Trust Institute, UIUC, November 2006 - August 16, 2009
  • Faculty Affiliate, Center for Autonomous Engineering Systems and Robotics (CAESAR), November 2006-date
  • Faculty Affiliate, Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering, UIUC, August 16, 2005-date
  • Faculty Affiliate, Bioengineering Program, UIUC, October 31, 2002-date
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, UIUC, July 21, 2002-August 15, 2009
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Boston University and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, April 2000-June 2002

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Other Professional Employment

  • Research Assistant, University of California-San Francisco and San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, CA, January 1995-March 2000
  • Senior Project Engineer, Xerox Corporation, Rochester, NY, August 1990-August 1994
  • Engineer, Xerox Corporation, Rochester, NY, April 1988-Aug. 1990
  • Associate Engineer, Xerox Corporation, Rochester, NY, July 1987-April 1988

Other Professional Activities

  • Co-Founder and Scientific Advisor, IntelliWheels, Inc., Champaign, IL, May 2010 ￿ present

Research Statement

I direct the Human Dynamics and Controls Laboratory (HDCL) in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering. Our research group uses methods from design, control theory, mechatronics, pneumatics and soft robotics, musculoskeletal biomechanics, and movement analysis. The HDCL focuses on investigating and improving movement control and function through two main areas: assistive device development and locomotion biomechanics. The HDCL￿s interest in assistive device development stems from a desire to improve function and the quality of life of persons with disability. To address these areas, we have been involved in the development of pneumatically powered orthotic devices for the upper and lower extremities and multi-speed wheel systems for manual wheelchairs in conjunction with IntelliWheels, Inc., a local start-up.

Research Interests

  • Powered orthoses (not prostheses). Exoskeletons
  • Assistive device development: Utilizing fluid power (pneumatic/hydraulics), soft robotics, mechatronics
  • Locomotion biomechanics: Focusing on mobility: gait, balance, wheelchair propulsion

Research Areas

  • Dynamics & Controls
  • Health and Bio

Selected Articles in Journals

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • Xiao, C., Y. Oo, D. Farooq, G. Singh, G. Krishnan, and E.T. Hsiao-Wecksler, ￿Pneumatic Sleeve Orthosis for Lofstrand Crutches: Application of Soft Pneumatic FREE Actuator,￿ Design of Medical Devices Conference, Minneapolis, MN, April 11-14, 2016.
  • Wang, Z. and E.T. Hsiao-Wecksler, ￿Design of a Compact High Torque Actuation System for Portable Powered Ankle-Foot Orthosis,￿ Design of Medical Devices Conference, Minneapolis, MN, April 11-14, 2016.
  • Islam, M. and E.T. Hsiao-Wecksler, ￿Developing a Classification Algorithm for Plantarflexor Actuation Timing of a Powered Ankle-Foot Orthosis,￿ Design of Medical Devices Conference, Minneapolis, MN, April 11-14, 2016.
  • Islam, M., M.T. Hagan, and E.T. Hsiao-Wecksler, ￿Gait State Estimation for Powered Ankle Orthosis using Modified Fractional Timing and Artificial Neural Network,￿ Design of Medical Devices Conference, Minneapolis, MN, April 11-14, 2016.
  • Liang, J., R.H. Ewoldt, S.R. Tippett, and E.T. Hsiao-Wecksler, ￿Design and Modelling of a Passive Hydraulic Device for Muscle Spasticity Simulation,￿ Design of Medical Devices Conference, Minneapolis, MN, April 11-14, 2016.
  • Gaglio, A., J. Liang, S. Daigle, and E.T. Hsiao-Wecksler, ￿Design of a Universal Instrumented Wheelchair Hand Rim,￿ Design of Medical Devices Conference, Minneapolis, MN, April 11-14, 2016.

Professional Societies

  • Member, IEEE
  • Member, World Association for Chinese Biomedical Engineers
  • Member, Pi Tau Sigma
  • Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers - Design and Rehabilitation Committee of the Bioengineering Division, 2008-present, Conference Reviewer (2010, 2013)
  • Member, American Society of Biomechanics - New Member Committee, 2007, Woman in Science Committee, 2007-2009, Elected Annual Meeting Program Chair, 2010-2012

Honors

  • Fellow -ASME (2014)
  • Dean's Award for Excellence in Research (2013)
  • Willett Faculty Scholar (2013)

Teaching Honors

  • Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008, 2009, 2015
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent ￿ University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Fall 2005, Fall 2006, Spring 2013, Fall 2013

Research Honors

  • Honorable Mention, Campus Award for Excellence in Guiding Undergraduate Research, UIUC, 2005
  • Fellow, Center for Advanced Study, UIUC, 2004 -2005
  • New Investigator Recognition Award, Orthopedic Research Society and American Geriatrics Society, 1999
  • Biology of Aging Research Scholar, American Federation for Aging Research and Glenn Foundation, 1998

Public Service Honors

  • American Society of Biomechanics Program Chair (2012)