Allison M. Okamura

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Allison M. Okamura
Professor of Mechanical Engineering and, by courtesy, of Computer Science
Clayman Institute Faculty Voice and Influence Fellow, 2012-2013
Faculty Advisory Committee, Center for the Advancement of Women’s Leadership
Faculty Reaserch Fellow, 2017-18
Allison M. Okamura received the BS degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1994, and the MS and PhD degrees from Stanford University in 1996 and 2000, respectively, all in mechanical engineering. She is Professor of Mechanical Engineering department and, by courtesy, of Computer Science. She was previously Professor and Vice Chair of mechanical engineering at Johns Hopkins University. She has been an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Haptics, an editor of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation Conference Editorial Board, and co-chair of the IEEE Haptics Symposium. Her awards include the 2009 IEEE Technical Committee on Haptics Early Career Award, the 2005 IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Early Academic Career Award, and the 2004 NSF CAREER Award. She is an IEEE Fellow. Her academic interests include haptics, teleoperation, virtual environments and simulators, medical robotics, neuromechanics and rehabilitation, prosthetics, and engineering education. Outside academia, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, running, and playing ice hockey. For more information about her research, see the Collaborative Haptics and Robotics in Medicine (CHARM) Laboratory website: