Allison Okamura, Ph.D.

allison-okamuraAllison 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 currently a Professor in the Mechanical Engineering department and has a courtesy appointment in the Computer Science department at Stanford University. 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 and Co-Chair of the IEEE Haptics Symposium. She is currently Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation Conference Editorial Board, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, and an Editor of the International Journal of Robotics Research. Her awards include the 2016 Duca Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education at Stanford University, 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 became an IEEE Fellow in 2011. Her academic interests include haptics, teleoperation, virtual environments and simulators, medical robotics, neuromechanics and rehabilitation, prosthetics, and engineering education. She directs the Collaborative Haptics and Robotics in Medicine (CHARM) Laboratory (http://charm.stanford.edu). Outside academia, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, running, and playing ice hockey.