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Associate Professor

Steve Collins

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and, by courtesy, Bioengineering
Director, Stanford Biomechatronics Laboratory
Faculty Director, making@stanford
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Mechanical Engineering
Editorial Board, Science Robotics

Steve Collins is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and, by courtesy, Bioengineering at Stanford University, where he directs the Stanford Biomechatronics Laboratory. His research focus is speeding and systematizing the design of prostheses and exoskeletons using versatile emulator hardware (Zhang et al. 2017, Science) and algorithms for human-in-the-loop optimization (Slade et al., 2022, Nature). Another interest is efficient autonomous devices, such as passive-dynamic walking robots (Collins et al. 2005, Science) and unpowered exoskeletons (Collins et al. 2015, Nature).

Prof. Collins received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in 2002 and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2008. He performed postdoctoral research at T. U. Delft. He was a professor of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University before joining Stanford in 2017. He is a member of the Boards of Dynamic Walking and Science Robotics. He has received the Young Scientist Award from the American Society of Biomechanics and the Best Medical Devices Paper from the International Conference on Robotics and Automation.

Prof. Collins teaches courses on design and robotics and acts as Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is the Faculty Director of making@stanford, a University-wide initiative to enhance opportunities for students to learn through the design and making of physical artifacts. His teaching has been recognized with student-voted awards including the Tau Beta Pi Teaching Honor Roll, a Terman Mentorship award, and Professor of the Year in his department.​​​​