Open Positions

The Utah Wearable Robotics Laboratory constantly seeks motivated students to contribute to our mission. Please refer to the Opportunities page for more information.

Current Members

Haohan Zhang
Haohan Zhang
Principal Investigator
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Haohan Zhang is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah and a Core Faculty in the University of Utah Robotics Center. Prior to joining the U, he was a postdoctoral research scientist in the Robotics and Rehabilitation (ROAR) Laboratory at Columbia University. He received his PhD, MS, and BE degrees from Columbia University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Dalian University of Technology, respectively.
Ian Bales
PhD Student
Ian is a mechanical engineering PhD student at the University of Utah. He graduated with a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois with a minor in mathematics. He is currently working on a novel cable-actuated robotic neck exoskeleton. Ian is originally from Downers Grove, Illinois, and he spends his free time climbing, mountain biking, and snowboarding.
David Demaree
Masters Student
David Demaree is a Mechanical Engineering MS student at the University of Utah. He recently graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from George Fox University. His current project is building a robotic neck brace intended to assist individuals who experience difficulty in supporting or rotating their head. Originally from Bellevue, WA, David enjoys hiking, skiing, soccer, and playing guitar.
Colin Rubow
Masters Student
Colin Rubow is a Mechanical Engineering MS student at the University of Utah. He graduated from BYU with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and minors in mathematics and computer science. Originally from Provo Utah, he is married to Sidsie Rubow and has a baby boy named Gardner. Hobbies include piano, organ, chess, and literature.
Logan Lancaster
Undergraduate Student
Logan Lancaster is and undergraduate student at the University of Utah in his junior year. He was awarded a UROP scholarship by the office of undergraduate research. His research is in the implementation of granular jamming on wearable robots. Logan spends his free time playing board games and playing the guitar.


Insa Norcross, Undergraduate Assistant (UROP recipient)
Gonzalo Tello, Undergraduate Assistant
Emma Pinegar, Graduate research assistant, MS non-thesis
Jake Hirst, Undergraduate Assistant (UROP and SPUR recipient)