Alan Asbeck

Assistant Professor

(540) 231-7768
231 Goodwin Hall – 0238
635 Prices Fork Road
Blacksburg, VA 24061


  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, 2010
  • M.Eng., Electrical Engineering, MIT, 2003
  • B.S., Physics, 2003
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, 2002

231 Goodwin Hall – 0238 Marker-48


  • Research

      • Wearable Robotics
      • Biomechanics of movement
      • Mechatronic Systems

    My research centers on building human-assistance devices and on understanding how to make them work most effectively with the body.  The goal is to help people to regain capabilities they have lost, or enable people to perform feats that were not previously possible.  Specifically, my research interests include designing flexible human interfaces for mechanical and electrical systems, understanding human biomechanics and the body’s internal control strategy, and creating sensors and control systems for wearable robots.

  • Professional Affiliations

  • Publications

  • Professional History

    • 2015–Present, Virginia Tech, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Assistant Professor
    • 2014–2015, Harvard University/Wyss Institute, Research Scientist
    • 2012–2014, Harvard University/Wyss Institute, Postdoctoral Researcher
    • 2010–2012, Stanford University, Postdoctoral Researcher
    • 2004–2010, Stanford University, Doctoral Researcher

  • Awards and Honors

    • 2016, IREK12 Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Engineering Research Career Development Scholar
    • 2015, Google Faculty Research Award
    • 2014, Best Poster: IDEAS Symposium Harvard University
    • 2006, Best Video: International Conference on Robotics and Automation
    • 2002, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

  • Professional Leadership