Cohort One

Skyler Canute attended Clarkson University’s honor program and graduated with a bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering with a Biomedical Engineering minor. While at Clarkson, he worked at Halyard Health for an 8-month co-op, which allowed him to work in the industry of a medical device company. He was actively involved in Tau Beta Pi at Clarkson University and has helped the Muscular Dystrophy Association for many years as an ambassador and spokesperson. His interests are oriented towards rehabilitation medicine, specifically assistive devices. Being born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy has left him wheelchair bound and due to this, one of his long-term goals is to improve devices geared towards those who have physical disabilities.


Henry M. Clever received his B.S. from the University of Kansas and M.S. from New York University, both in Mechanical Engineering.  He has an interest in using technology to help persons with disabilities both in clinical and home environments.  Henry is also interested in promoting STEM education to women and minorities, encouraging discussion of social justice within the engineering field, and bridging the gap between community and academia.  For leisure activities, Henry enjoys reading, playing the piano, and woodworking.



Luke Drnach graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BS in Bioengineering and minors in Chemistry and Mathematics. His interests include medical applications of signal processing and control, with a special emphasis on developing assistive and therapeutic medical devices. In his spare time, he enjoys playing the piano, swimming, travelling, and working on engineering-related service projects. His goal is to work in research and development of intelligent control schemes for medical devices.



Katelyn Fry received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University and her M.S. in Robotics from the University of Michigan. Her interests in healthcare robotics include rehabilitation devices, specifically upper-limb orthotics.  She also enjoys archery, music, and backpacking.  Ultimately, she would like to work in the research and development of rehabilitative and assistive robotics. 




Waiman Meinhold obtained a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley. In the past, he has worked on assistive robotic systems and in Atomic Force Microscopy. His research interests involve augmentation and rehabilitation of humans with mechanical systems. His goal is to gain a better understanding of neuromuscular and other disease pathologies, and use this to develop solutions to mitigate the effects of these diseases. Outside of the lab, Waiman enjoys surfing and fishing. 




Jennifer Molnar graduated with her undergraduate ECE degree from Duke. She went on to spend four years working as a computer hardware engineer at IBM before deciding to add mechanical engineering to her repertoire, with particular interest in rehabilitating/enhancing human biomechanics. Jennifer's enjoyment of martial and flow arts contributes to her interest in human motion and mobility; other hobbies include reading, flute, and wilderness adventures.




Jin Xu received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.  Jin worked at Zyrobotics as a lead application developer and led the development of mobile therapy and educational applications for young children and children with special needs. His interests involve assistive technology, social robots, artificial intelligence, and human-robot interaction. His career goal is to become a leading researcher in robotics, utilizing innovative technologies to revolutionize the field of robotics, bringing socially assistive robot and artificially intelligence into our daily life.